Ascent to Mount Smith-Locked gates on 2012-01-26
|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 ReportI 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.
"ALWAYS BELIEVE HALF OF WHAT YOU SEE AND NOTHING OF THAT YOU HEAR."
|Summary Total Data|
| Route:||drive up to locked gates|
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