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Ascent of Enchanted Rock on 2015-05-31

Climber: William Musser

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Sunday, May 31, 2015
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Enchanted Rock
    Location:USA-Texas
    Elevation:1825 ft / 556 m

Ascent Trip Report

Climbed the summit from the creek bed to the summit in 12 minutes the first time; Climbed it three more times that day and from varying approaches. The east is the simplest and flattest. The west is ridiculously steep and would require protection. I have not seen anyone try going down that face. Not many people smear the north face down but the rock is textured and can be climbed up and down. I enjoy climbing the north face on the way to Turkey Roost; the south face is climbed alot and many hikers that are not used to steep rock get stuck in the boulder field area when they get in over their head, it is much steeper than it looks. Some rapellers and rope users get in to this area and have some fun. Be careful in the southwestern most rock slide area. There is some fun scrambling in here but some of the exits are steep
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Enchanted Rock as seen from top of nearby Turkey Peak (2015-05-31). Photo by William Musser.
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Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:510 ft / 155 m
    Total Elevation Loss:380 ft / 115 m
    Round-Trip Distance:1.6 mi / 2.6 km
    Grade/Class:1,2, & 3
    Quality:6 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Stream Ford, Scramble
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Overcast
72F
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:490 ft / 149 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 425 ft / 130 m; Extra: 65 ft / 19m
    Loss on way in:65 ft / 19 m
    Distance:1.2 mi / 1.9 km
    Route:standard summit trail
    Start Trailhead:parking area to creek bottom  1400 ft / 426 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:315 ft / 96 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 295 ft / 90 m; Extra: 20 ft / 6m
    Gain on way out:20 ft / 6 m
    Distance:0.4 mi / 0.6 km
    Route:smear batholith to canyon
    End Trailhead:saddle creek between peaks  1530 ft / 466 m
Ascent Part of Trip: Enchanted Rock #2

Complete Trip Sequence:
OrderPeak/PointDateGain
1Enchanted Rock2015-05-31 a510 ft / 155 m
2Little Rock2015-05-31 b240 ft / 73 m
3Little Rock-Point 17052015-05-31 c105 ft / 32 m
4(Attempt) Enchanted Western Formation2015-05-31 d75 ft / 23 m
5Little Rock-Point 17052015-05-31 e175 ft / 53 m
6Little Rock2015-05-31 f140 ft / 43 m
7Enchanted Rock2015-05-31 g285 ft / 87 m
8Turkey Peak2015-05-31 h345 ft / 105 m
9Enchanted Rock2015-05-31 i500 ft / 152 m
11Cross Mountain2015-05-31 j110 ft / 34 m
Total Trip Gain: 2485 ft / 757 m    Total Trip Loss: 2400 ft / 732 m



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