Ascent of Comanche Peak on 2013-02-04

Climber: Ben Lostracco

Others in Party:supported by Rose.
with Martin
the ranch foreman.
Date:Monday, February 4, 2013
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Comanche Peak
    Elevation:1230 ft / 374 m

Ascent Trip Report

This County has 3 Candidate High Point Areas all with the same TH. I have numbered my Areas a la PB and visited them as listed below.

We found our way to Granbury and crossing of #377/FM51 where we drove south on FM51 for 2.8 miles to a left turn (south) on Peak Road, after a number of turns we came to a sharp right turn at 2 miles .... at this corner is a fenced-in large cleared limestone area with a gate leading to a huge "New House" under construction (to the east). This location is on the west side of the Comanche Peak's N-S ridge. Sign read "No Trespassing". This is the TH for the 3 Areas.

I called to the house, everything appeared to be deserted, so I stepped through the fence (to the left side of the gate) and walked the 50 or so yards to southeast side the house. As I neared the highground a truck drove from the east side of the ridge with 5 Mexican workers .... I approached them with my little knowledge of Spanish and that seemed to immediately warm things. They were coming back for their lunch break at the small shed behind/east of the house. They are working in the woods clearing/removing dead-fall/brush.
After explaining my needs to the Foreman, Martin, he gave me permission to enter the property telling me, "If you should see Pedro on top, tell him Martin said it was OK."
"Mucha Gracias Senior Martin."
I should note that the house, a tall huge/stone structure, does not appear to have-had recent work done to it, in fact the work appears to be stopped .... there must be a money problem!!!

I should note that all of the routes described below are clearly shown on the Google Satellite Map.

AREA 3 NORTH OF THE HOUSE .... .7 miles RT
From behind (east) the house, a road heading north has been cut on the west slopes, climbing 200 yards to the ridge top. I followed this road 100 yards then turned right (east) and bushwacked steeply 70 yards to the ridge top (at the very south end). I followed the ridge 500 yards to its very north end, on a track and tall grass, the woods are fairly open with some views through the trees.
Nothing obvious, chose a spot at a few rocks, GPS 32.38635,-97.80666.

When I got back down Martin offers to drive me, "It's too far, I'll drive you up there, I know exactly where to go."
This gave me the opportunity to get to know him better. He is a Mexican American, originally from the State of Jalisco, which I know very well, been there numerous times. He seemed to be impressed when I told him I climbed Nevado de Colima.
"Muy Bueno".
AREA 1 ...Martin drove me directly to the obvious high ground, 3 steel stakes could be seen as we approached. The whole plateau is tall grass (feed). He told me that he put in the stakes so not to disturb the BM when he cuts the grass.
We walked the high ground finding 2 Benchmarks next to the stakes (south & northeast ones, the center one Has a number of rocks). USC&G SURVEY, COMANCHE No1 1946" & "COMANCHE No2 1946".
My GPS at the south BM read 32.37735,-97.80318.
To the east of this HP are a number of buildings near-by, again unoccupied. Martin said the owners come here on occasion.
AREA 2 .... I had Martin drop me off, so to walk the grass area, nothing obvious, we both agreed that this area is lower than Area 1, in fact I believe it should be removed as a candidate.

Without me asking, Martin drove me to the very north end of the plateau to show me an outstanding Lookout at the very edge of the bluff ..... a beautiful one room log cabin (furnished with antique furniture) with an elevated water tank and well to one side ( toilet is under the water tank). Superb views to the north, Dallas on a clear day.
Martin is a real friendly gentleman.


Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:210 ft / 64 m
    Total Elevation Loss:210 ft / 63 m
    Round-Trip Distance:1.2 mi / 2 km
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Open Country, Bushwhack
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:210 ft / 64 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 130 ft / 39 m; Extra: 80 ft / 24m
    Loss on way in:80 ft / 24 m
    Distance:0.6 mi / 1 km
    Route:rd/xcountry to 3 areas from peak rd
    Start Trailhead:Peak Road  1100 ft / 335 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:130 ft / 39 m
    Distance:0.6 mi / 1 km
    Route:rd/xcountry to 3 areas from peak rd
    End Trailhead:Peak Road  1100 ft / 335 m

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