Ascent of Comanche Lookout on 2016-03-03

Climber: William Musser

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Thursday, March 3, 2016
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Comanche Lookout
    Elevation:1342 ft / 409 m

Ascent Trip Report

A bit of a disappointment for me. The tower is closed. The hill is a very gradual slope, and the public use is heavy so no solitude at all. To make matters worse, there is a homeless population living in the interior woods so if you stray off the paved or limestone trails and follow the "herd" trails beware; you are not following a deer - you are intruding into someone's camp. I leave the big cities to find solitude and outdoor appreciation. Although the county did a nice job making an urban park out of a historic highpoint (4th highest in county) and a place where the Comanche and others used a military lookout, the abundance of joggers drove me to the interior trails and then I ran into homeless camps. Instead of relaxing and forgetting about the day to day turmoil of working in the big city; I am reminded of society woes during my escape time. At least the big Texas Live Oaks at the top were nice overlooking the city below.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:557 ft / 168 m
    Total Elevation Loss:105 ft / 31 m
    Round-Trip Distance:2.2 mi / 3.5 km
    Quality:3 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:472 ft / 143 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 452 ft / 138 m; Extra: 20 ft / 6m
    Loss on way in:20 ft / 6 m
    Distance:1 mi / 1.6 km
    Route:Library Loop to various trails
    Start Trailhead:Low point at library parking lot  890 ft / 271 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:85 ft / 25 m
    Gain on way out:85 ft / 25 m
    Distance:1.2 mi / 1.9 km
    Route:varied used all trails

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