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Ascent of Buzzards Roost on 2015-01-05

Climber: William Musser

Date:Monday, January 5, 2015
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Buzzards Roost
    Location:USA-Texas
    Elevation:1580 ft / 481 m

Ascent Trip Report

Buzzard Roost like Freshman Mountain did not disappoint. Total solitude and nice hoodoos at the top. Some of the formations were so eroded it made route finding a little more challenging when I tried a more direct down route and at one point, I had to upclimb back to the summit and go back the way I came. The mountain is far easier to summit from the northern slopes than the southern. It was getting close to the 3PM get down time where the hunters were going to be let in and I had not seen a human in about 40 minutes so I wanted to get back and have one more run up Enchanted Rock. Nice views and prominence from this peak. Best solitude of any of the formations in the park.
I actually stopped climbing rock and used the big loop trail all the way back to the ravine between Turkey and Enchanted Rock and decided I needed to run up Turkey one more time today as well.

Update: Feb 2017 - I just hiked this again and totally forgot that the path finding on this peak is surprisingly tricky. Of all of the peaks in the park this is the hardest one to find a direct safe route. I ended up blowing it more than once this time and had to retrace my steps several times. You are drawn to approach this from the west because of the sexy pinnacles and formations that you can hike through. But the pathway through the pinnacles all lead you to nasty thorny brush or to hard class 3+/4 or 5. the tunnels naturally take you through the garden to the south side and as you go around the peak, the scrambling starts out fun class but then you run in to bouldering challenges that are a bit more risky class 3 (easy moves but with injury if you fall) and 4. I was alone again in the backcountry and had not seen a human in over an hour back there and nobody was climbing the back peaks today at all - so I was not willing to scramble areas where if I got hurt there was no one gong to be able to assist you for who knows how long?? I checked the USGS map and noticed the ridge in the back side (north side) looked less steep. Sure enough the only class 2/2+ route up is in the back. The best I could to tell, it was the only risk free route up to top.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:230 ft / 69 m
    Total Elevation Loss:270 ft / 82 m
    Round-Trip Distance:1 mi / 1.6 km
    Grade/Class:2,3
    Quality:6 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Scramble
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:190 ft / 57 m
    Distance:0.4 mi / 0.6 km
    Route:NE to N Smear and scrambling
    Start Trailhead:small Creek between Freshman and Buzzard  1390 ft / 423 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:270 ft / 82 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 230 ft / 70 m; Extra: 40 ft / 12m
    Gain on way out:40 ft / 12 m
    Distance:0.6 mi / 1 km
    Route:several bad routes then a NW bearing down to Loop
    End Trailhead:Junction of the two creeks at Loop Trail  1350 ft / 411 m
Ascent Part of Trip: Enchanted Rock Traverse-Loop

Complete Trip Sequence:
OrderPeak/PointDateGain
1Enchanted Rock2015-01-05 a460 ft / 140 m
2Little Rock2015-01-05 b220 ft / 67 m
3Little Rock-Point 17052015-01-05 c95 ft / 29 m
4Little Rock2015-01-05 d80 ft / 24 m
5Enchanted Rock2015-01-05 e265 ft / 81 m
6Turkey Peak2015-01-05 f140 ft / 43 m
7Turkey Peak2015-01-05 g100 ft / 30 m
8Freshman Mountain2015-01-05 h90 ft / 27 m
9Buzzards Roost2015-01-05 i230 ft / 70 m
10Turkey Peak2015-01-05 j330 ft / 101 m
11Enchanted Rock2015-01-05 k350 ft / 107 m
Total Trip Gain: 2360 ft / 719 m    Total Trip Loss: 2360 ft / 720 m



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