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Ascent of Lone Mountain on 2012-02-02

Climber: Ben Lostracco

Others in Party:Supported by Rose
Date:Thursday, February 2, 2012
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Lone Mountain
    Location:USA-Texas
    Elevation:4143 ft / 1262 m

Ascent Trip Report

A moderate herd path/scramble northbound on a knife edge ridge ..... 1.25 miles, 1 1/4 hours RT.

The hike for this small Peak starts just west of the Panther Junction Visitors Center, at the Fina gas station. I walked cross country north to the start of the ridge, where I picked up a herd path that follows the ridge to the summit (.6 miles, 30 minutes). At places there was more than one path and once I hit the main knife edge ridge I lost the herd path, only large boulders requiring some hand work. There was thorny vegetation on the route to the ridge, luckily I wore gaiters.
The knife edge summit ridge perhaps 100 yards long, drops off vertically on the east side. I chose my HP at an obvious rock spot GPS 29.33881, -103.20754, however a lone rock, about 40 yards further on the ridge, contends for the top spot.... my not-too-reliable eye-level told me that it was a few feet lower.

After purchasing a few souvenirs at the Visitors Center we drove out of the Park (after a 4 night stay) north/eastbound for Del Rio. The plan for tomorrow is Edwards CoHP.

"IN THE BIG BEND
WHERE THE BUFFELGRASS GROWS
THE CACTI DO THRIVE
BETWEEN CREOSOTE ROWS." ..... first verse of the long poem "A Doctor Seuss Landscape" by Dana Crites.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:503 ft / 153 m
    Elevation Loss:503 ft / 153 m
    Route Conditions:
Open Country, Scramble
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:463 ft / 141 m
    Extra Loss:40 ft / 12 m
    Distance:0.6 mi / 1 km
    Route:herd path/scramble nb from fina station
    Trailhead:fina station west of visitors center  3720 ft / 1133 m
    Time Up:30 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Elevation Loss:463 ft / 141 m
    Extra Gain:40 ft / 12 m
    Route:herd path/scramble nb from fina station
    Trailhead:fina station west of visitors center  3720 ft / 1133 m
    Time Down:30 Minutes



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