Ascent of Bush Hill on 2016-03-02
|Other People:||Solo Ascent|
|Date:||Wednesday, March 2, 2016|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Motorized Transport to Trailhead:||Car|
| Elevation:||1340 ft / 408 m|
Ascent Trip ReportA decent little hike with some interesting relief - I appreciated the plaques describing what the native vegetation is. CHPing is not enjoyable in this region as all CHPs seem to be on private land and this a part of the country where trespassing is frowned upon with armed owners so I am happy to take my hiking to public lands. Parked at the main parking area by Camp Bullis just to the west of Military Parkway and then meandered around and up the natural non paved View Hill Trail.
Explored peak 1214 (which was technically off limits too) and then found my way up to Bush Hill. Do not believe the literature that says the tower peak of 1283 is the highpoint of the park. The highpoint is actually Bush Hill at 1340 and fortunately it is actually on the public property although near the gated fence of the military property.
The trail nearly summits the hill but you do have a little bushwack to find the peak. There is an odd fenced area hidden around the top in the Junipers. I have no idea what it is there for or for what it was to hold in from getting out. Puzzle?
Then hiked down and found the red oak trail and and took it to reach lower ground to start my TH ascent of the Tower Peak to eh SW.
|Summary Total Data|
| Total Elevation Gain:||345 ft / 104 m|
| Total Elevation Loss:||335 ft / 101 m|
| Round-Trip Distance:||1.9 mi / 3.1 km|
| Grade/Class:||1, 1+|
| Quality:||3 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)|
| Route Conditions:||Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Bushwhack|
| Weather:||Pleasant, Breezy, Clear|
| Gain on way in:||265 ft / 80 m|
| Gain Breakdown:||Net: 190 ft / 58 m; Extra: 75 ft / 22m|
| Loss on way in:||75 ft / 22 m|
| Distance:||1.2 mi / 1.9 km|
| Route:||View Hill Trail, Shady Creek, Bushwhack|
| Start Trailhead:||parking lot 1150 ft / 350 m|
| Loss on way out:||260 ft / 79 m|
| Loss Breakdown:||Net: 180 ft / 55 m; Extra: 80 ft / 24m|
| Gain on way out:||80 ft / 24 m|
| Distance:||0.7 mi / 1.1 km|
| Route:||Red Oak Trail|
| End Trailhead:||saddle between peaks in ravine 1160 ft / 353 m|
|Ascent Part of Trip: SATexas-3|
Complete Trip Sequence:
Total Trip Gain: 538 ft / 164 m Total Trip Loss: 538 ft / 164 m
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