Ascent of Comanche Peak on 2002-11-11

Climber: Scott Surgent

Others in Party:Bob Martin
Date:Monday, November 11, 2002
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Comanche Peak
    Elevation:1230 ft / 374 m

Ascent Trip Report

Bob and I drove north into Hood County to visit the first and only actual "mountain" of our trip. Comanche Peak is, like most other hills in central Texas, an eroding limestone bluff topped by a sturdy caprock. From FM-51, it is readily visible and not too far southwest of the county seat, Granbury.

Access to the peak is via County Road 211, marked as Peak Road from FM-51. We headed south about two miles, following the road as it made brief bends left and right, to an obvious main right turn, at which time we parked. Comanche Peak was immediately to the south and east. A mansion is currently being built right at the base of the mesa so it's hard to say what access will be like in the future. We squeezed through a metal fence (no restrictive signs anywhere) and walked an old road track that gained about 200 feet to the top of the mesa.

Once on top, we walked south toward an obvious rise, following a road not shown on the map. After about 10 minutes we could see the two witness posts and a cement pillar signifying the Comanche benchmark placed there by the USGS. The benchmark is listed at 1,230 feet, while two other contours of 1,220 feet are nearby. Bob sighted with his level and showed conclusively we were highest where we stood. The top is a pleasant field of grass with occasional trees. The views down across the countryside were nice.

After a brief visit, we started the walk down, arriving back to our vehicles after a total of 45 minutes on the hike, and a shade over a mile round trip. We checked out the construction of the house. From here we made a short trip east to gain the Johnson County highpoints.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:200 ft / 60 m
    Round-Trip Distance:1.5 mi / 2.4 km
    Trailhead:1030 ft / 313 m
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Open Country

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