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Ascent of Sevenmile Mountain on 2015-01-26

Climber: Ben Lostracco

Others in Party:supported by Rose
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Monday, January 26, 2015
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Sevenmile Mountain
    Location:USA-Texas
    Elevation:1232 ft / 375 m

Ascent Trip Report

Woods track and bushwack to 2 areas ..... 3.4 miles, 1:45 hours RT including driving between areas.

I agree with Alan Barber and Dennis Stewart's TR ... Area 1 is a drive up from outside the Fort Hood Boundary and no need to go through the hastle of getting entry permits. I say this with reservations.

From corner of Hwy #190/FM 116 in Copperas Cove, we drove south on FM 116 for 5.6 miles to a left turn on Oakalla Road, 1 mile east we stayed left at the fork (unsigned) and continued northeast for .75 miles to a left turn on a dirt road (unsigned).

AREA 1 (31.07392,-97.87064) , drive up with a bushwack, .4 miles RT
This dirt road heads west, jogs north then west again (along the outside fence line of fort Hood) to its crest at 2.9 miles right on the high ground contour . The fence is 30 yards to the east.
I walked the cedar woods inside the contour's southern lobe (south of the fence), nothing obvious. The woods are somewhat open with some open areas and numerous animals paths, easy going. The immediate area at the road is the high ground, I say this of course without going (inside) north of the fence. I am claiming this one.

AREA 2 (31.06263,-97.86676) , woods track, bushwack, 3 miles RT.
We parked at the same dirt road as above at .7 miles (300 yards after the road jogs north). An open grass field is to the west and north of it dense cedar woods. A track runs west along the northern side of the field (clearly shown on the satellite image).
I walked the track west 200 yards to another track on the right (numerous blazes here) which I followed generally west (inside the woods) 1.2 miles (red and orange tape blazes mark the route). At a lesser track I went left (southwest) 200 yards to the high ground contour. There is no obvious HP. The inside of the woods have open areas and paths, easy to stomp around.

This is hunting land, I past a number of Hunters Stand. Two huge military Humvs past us on the dirt road, reminding us of the recent movie "American Sniper".

"THE CLOCK OF LIFE IS WOUND BUT ONCE,
AND NO MAN HAS THE POWER
TO TELL JUST WHEN THE HANDS WILL STOP
AT LATE OR EARLY HOUR." .............. robert h smith.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:232 ft / 71 m
    Extra Gain:10 ft / 3 m
    Distance:3.4 mi / 5.5 km
    Route:track and wack to 2 areas.
    Trailhead:dirt road outside Fort Hood  1020 ft / 310 m
    Route Conditions:
Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Bushwhack
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear
beautiful sunny texas winter day



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