Ascent of Bull Mountain on 2016-01-22

Climber: Ben Lostracco

Others in Party:Rose
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Friday, January 22, 2016
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Summit:Car
Peak:Bull Mountain
    Elevation:846 ft / 257 m

Ascent Trip Report

We made a point of coming back to the Hill Country west of Austin for a leisurely drive through its hill-top residential areas .... one of the nicest that we have visited in the USA. On-route we visited 6 peaks listed in the PB Library as noted in this TR, all capped with numerous upscale/ritzy homes, each having outstanding views.
We had great views of the Colorado River and its dam on R360, we were blessed with a super sunny day.

We are on our "Texas Winter Trip 2016". Today is our 26th day of our trip (11th state) and this years first hike in Texas. We spent the first 6 days in Texas visiting our Son and family in The Woodlands.

From The Woodlands we found our way west to Austin then northwest on R2222 to the Junction of R222/River Place Blvd and first visited JOLYVILLE PLATEAU HIGH POINT (30.39453,-97.84599) ... located in a beautiful sculptured/landscaped built-up area, see Carlos Ross TR for details.

From Jollyville we drove back southwest to the junction of R2222/#360 where we traveled south on #360 for 1.8 miles to a left turn onto Westlake Drive. We zeroed our odo.
0.0M ... Jct 360/Westlake, we drove east on Westlake Drive
1.2M ... Toro Canyon Road on the right leads to the contours of BUCKMAN MOUNTAIN (30.32404,-97.79958) and BULL MOUNTAIN (30.32072,-97.79106). After visiting these summits we returned/continued south on Westlake.
5.3M ... a right turn here on Skyline Drive led us to STROTHER MOUNTAIN (NOB HILL) (30.29688,-97.79924). Skyline winds westerly for .5M where a sharp right on Nob Hill Crescent climbs .1M to a dead-end. We returned to Westlake.
5.8M ... turned right onto Buckeye Trail which we followed north .5M to a right on Spiller Lane and SPILLER HILL (30.28979,-97.81269) at its dead-end. We returned to Westlake.
6.5M ... Jct Westlake/Bee Cave Road(R2244), turned left (south) on R2244.
7.1M ... turned right onto Walsh Tarlton Lane.
7.8M ... turned left on Thousands Oaks Drive
8.6M ... turned right on Regents Park and followed it a short distance to its dead-end and the summit of CRESTED BUTTE(30.26372,-97.79701).

From Crested Butte we drove to Oak Hill and went on to DITTMAR HILL.

DITTMAR HILL ... A road walk northwest bound .... .6 miles, 18 minute RT.
From the Junction 0f #290/#71 in Oak Hill (southwest of Austin) we went north on #71 for 4 miles to the stop light at Southwest Parkway. The crest of the road is .2 miles ahead, with the summit being .1+ mile west of the crest behind a huge tall fence.
150 yards north of the stop light (on the left) is a locked gated entrance with a huge sign "Barton Ridge Estate Residential Development". The tall fence is on the Hwy side only. We parked at the gate.
I walked around left side of the gate (no fence) and followed the roads .3 miles to the wooded summit ... a number of homes already built but no one was around. My excuse would have been "I was a prospective buyer checking out the place."



Summary Total Data
    Route:drive up
    Trailhead:Bull Mountain Cove  
    Weather:Cool, Windy, Clear

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