Ascent of Sandero Balcones Hill on 2016-03-04

Climber: William Musser

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Friday, March 4, 2016
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Sandero Balcones Hill
    Elevation:1315 ft / 400 m

Ascent Trip Report

This is an incidental hill along the Balcones Trail in the south section of the SNA closer to the parking areas. You essentially tag this right off the trail.
It is the tallest feature on the Sandero Balcones Trail Loop between Wildcat Canyon and the Far Reaches Trail. There are some views to the south and SW off the peak that provides a relief to the otherwise blocked in scrubby terrain. There are not overlook vistas here like on the Far Reaches Trail. Solitude on a FRI was high. I only passed 2 other hikers on a 7 mile journey.

Taller features are found on the Far Reaches Trail to the east, in the Environmental Protected Habitat to the north, and west of Caroline's Loop to the far NW.But during the peak season when most are hiking you can not get to the higher lands to the north. If stays on the Wildcat Caynon Trail and Sandero Blacones Loop this is the highest hill. IF one loops back with the Far Reaches Trail there is a higher hill. This loop was nearly 7 miles as it was. Plan your parking spot, and loops well or the back-country trails to the N and NW can take you over 10 to 16 mile loop hikes.

Be aware there is a fee to park (I think it was $6) and it is only open on FRI SAT SUN and MON
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:50 ft / 15 m
    Round-Trip Distance:2.5 mi / 4 km
    Quality:4 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail
    Weather:Pleasant, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:50 ft / 15 m
    Distance:0.5 mi / 0.8 km
    Route:Sandero Balcones
    Start Trailhead:saddle between subpeaks  1265 ft / 385 m
Descent Statistics
    Distance:2 mi / 3.2 km
    Route:Sandero Balcones to paved roads
    End Trailhead:parking lot A  
Ascent Part of Trip: GCSNA-1

Complete Trip Sequence:
2Sotol Hill2016-03-04 b355 ft / 108 m
3Sandero Balcones Hill2016-03-04 c50 ft / 15 m
Total Trip Gain: 405 ft / 123 m    Total Trip Loss: 100 ft / 30 m

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