Ascent of Button Mountain on 2012-02-15

Climber: Ben Lostracco

Others in Party:Supported by Rose
Date:Wednesday, February 15, 2012
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Button Mountain
    Elevation:720 ft / 219 m

Ascent Trip Report

A road/bushwack northwest bound .... 2.2 miles, 1h35 hours RT for both summits.

PB lists 2 Candidate High Point Areas for Nacogdoches County HP, however Area 2 and Button Mountain Southwest in the PB Library are one of the same. Also Button Southwest is wrongly named as it is to the Southeast of Button Mountain.
I used Bill Jacobs excellent TR of 2002 which should be read for additional information.

From the north side of Nacogdoches, Hwy intersection #59/259, we motored north on 259 for 5 miles to a left turn on TX204, 10.9 miles to the Town of Cushing and a right on FM225, .68 miles to a gated dirt road on the left, signed "Button Mountain Hunting Club, Posted" and "Lone Star Ltd. Gas Wells". There if no fencing on either side of the gate, telling me that the "Posted" is for vehicle traffic only !!!!

AREA 2 OR BUTTON MOUNTAIN SOUTHWEST ..... .3 miles from the TH.
I walked northwest up the dirt road 400 yards to a left turn, where I ascended in open deciduous woods steeply to the summit at 100+ yards..... open clear cut, I chose my spot at 31.82921, -94.84688, the PB coordinates puts the spot at a much lower elevation.

AREA 1 ..... 1 mile from the TH.
From Area 2 I descended back to the road where I continued about .4 miles, turned right and ascended the steep embankment to the top of the large flat 720 foot contour, with a perimeter road. This large area was strip mined long ago, today it is a fairly flat, tall evergreen open forest.
I walked to the southeast to a large open area with a gas pumping station, then I bushwacked northwest zig-zagging my way through the center of area in open woods, looking for high ground.
I went past the PB coordinates and chose my spot at GPS 31.83787, -94.85439, northwest end of the contour, 40 yards from the perimeter road.
I walked the perimeter road back to the main road to the TH. I estimate the one way distance from the TH at less than a mile.

Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:243 ft / 73 m
    Extra Gain:20 ft / 6 m
    Round-Trip Distance:2 mi / 3.2 km
    Route:road/bushwack from FM225
    Trailhead:Cushing, FM225  517 ft / 157 m
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Bushwhack
    Weather:Cool, Calm
Ascent Part of Trip: button

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Button Mountain Southwest2012-02-15 a203 ft / 62 m
2Button Mountain2012-02-15 b243 ft / 74 m
Total Trip Gain: 446 ft / 136 m    Total Trip Loss: 446 ft / 136 m

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