Ascent to Mount Smith-Locked gates on 2012-01-26

Climber: Ben Lostracco

Others in Party:Rose
Date:Thursday, January 26, 2012
Ascent Type:Unsuccessful - Turned Back
    Motorized Transport to Summit:Car
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Point Reached:Mount Smith - Locked gates
    Elevation:1750 ft / 533 m
    Remaining Elevation:142 ft / 43 m (1% left to go)

Ascent Trip Report

I am entering this TR primarily to warn future highpointers of the access problems associated with Mount Smith, as is the case with numerous Texas CoHP ... everything seems to be fenced-in/gated. I checked out approaches from the east and south, in both cases I was stopped by locked gates.

My study told me that easiest/ideal route was from the east. From I10, exit 551 (north of San Antonio) we traveled west on Bourne Stage Road 3.1 miles to a 4-way intersection where we stayed straight on Toutant-Beauregard Road for 4.3 miles to a left on Karsch Road (private road), .8 miles right on Crow Ranch Road (dirt), .56 miles after a left-bend we came to a locked gate, signed "Keep Locked" & #12625. I read this as leading to a house, I thought of climbing over the gate and making the easy road walk (about 2+ miles) to the summit, instead I decided to check out the south side.

We found our way south to the junction of Hwy #16 and Haby Lane (.4 miles east of county line Medina/Bextar on #16), which the maps showed Haby Lane going to very near the HP. Again we were turned back by a gate at less than a mile.

I decided to leave it for another visit.

Summary Total Data
    Route:drive up to locked gates

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