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Ascent of Shingle Hills on 2012-02-08

Climber: Ben Lostracco

Others in Party:Supported by Rose
Date:Wednesday, February 8, 2012
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Shingle Hills
    Location:USA-Texas
    Elevation:1420 ft / 432 m

Ascent Trip Report

An easy road walk ...... .4 miles, 25 minutes RT.

The beautiful Hill Country immediate west of Austin is prime realestate with numerous developments in progress, luckily it hasn't reached Shingle Hills ... yet.

We used Lou Catozzi's excellent directions in his TR of 2001. It's interesting to note that urbanization hasn't changed this area ... everything appears to be as per Lou's Report.

We approached from the east, the town of Bee Cave and intersection Hwy 71/FM620. We traveled west on 71 for 1.18 miles to a left on Hamilton Pool Road (FM3238), 8.4 miles to a gated paved driveway on the right (east), we parked here on FM3238. The property is not posted, across the road is house #20511 and just before is Bell Springs Road.

I stepped over the broken-down fence to one side of the gate and walked/climbed the paved driveway (exactly as shown on topo) to the house trailer. No one home, in fact it appears that the house has either been abandoned or is just a summer retreat ..... evidenced by the road debris, cedar trees overgrown over the driveway and the house's unkept surroundings.

I walked behind the house 100 yards (.2 miles from the road) to the obvious flat wooded bump, very open with no views, I chose my spot at GPS 30.30056, -98.08690.

"A VIGOROUS FIVE-MILE WALK WILL DO MORE GOOD FOR AN UNHAPPY BUT OTHERWISE HEALTHY ADULT THAN ALL THE MEDICINE AND PSYCHOLOGY IN THE WORLD." ..... Paul Dudley White.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:100 ft / 30 m
    Elevation Loss:100 ft / 30 m
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Bushwhack
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:100 ft / 30 m
    Distance:0.6 mi / 1 km
    Route:road walk from hamilton pool road
    Trailhead:Hamilton Pool Road (FM3238)  1320 ft / 402 m
    Time Up:8 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Elevation Loss:100 ft / 30 m
    Route:road walk from hamilton pool road
    Trailhead:Hamilton Pool Road (FM3238)  1320 ft / 402 m
    Time Down:8 Minutes



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