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Ascent of Turkey Peak on 2015-01-05

Climber: William Musser

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Monday, January 5, 2015
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Turkey Peak
    Location:USA-Texas
    Elevation:1680 ft / 512 m

Ascent Trip Report

I loved this small formation. It may have been my favorite of the entire range. I ended climbing it 3 different ways from 3 different directions during the day. Unlike the rounded granite domes, this small formation has eroded with the softer pink feldspar mineral and left some vertical walls. From the dome it looked like a technical climb and I saw a couple on top of it so I smeared down the NE face of Enchanted Rock and headed SE to the formation wall and then elected to swing around west and attack the backside of Turkey Peak and as I suspected a simple class 2 route up to the peak.

Once up there I found a really nice class 3 route down the face that had looked technical earlier. I dropped my backpack and and explored it and found it to be a very classic class 3 downclimb. I clim bed back up and grabbed my backpack and climbed down with it and moved on. Throughout the day you would find a person or two finding the same route but this rock is never real busy. I saw perhaps 6 people there all day but I saw hundreds of people on Enchanted Rock throughout the day. Then off to the next formation and headed due north to the next formation in the range.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:140 ft / 42 m
    Total Elevation Loss:100 ft / 30 m
    Round-Trip Distance:0.4 mi / 0.6 km
    Grade/Class:2,3
    Quality:6 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Scramble
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:140 ft / 42 m
    Distance:0.3 mi / 0.5 km
    Route:herd trails up the north side to NE tail
    Start Trailhead:Turkey Pass Trail at saddle  1540 ft / 469 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:100 ft / 30 m
    Distance:0.1 mi / 0.2 km
    Route:Western scramble route
    End Trailhead:nearly same but higher upslope  1580 ft / 481 m
Ascent Part of Trip: Enchanted Rock Traverse-Loop

Complete Trip Sequence:
OrderPeak/PointDateGain
1Enchanted Rock2015-01-05 a460 ft / 140 m
2Little Rock2015-01-05 b220 ft / 67 m
3Little Rock-Point 17052015-01-05 c95 ft / 29 m
4Little Rock2015-01-05 d80 ft / 24 m
5Enchanted Rock2015-01-05 e265 ft / 81 m
6Turkey Peak2015-01-05 f140 ft / 43 m
7Turkey Peak2015-01-05 g100 ft / 30 m
8Freshman Mountain2015-01-05 h90 ft / 27 m
9Buzzards Roost2015-01-05 i230 ft / 70 m
10Turkey Peak2015-01-05 j330 ft / 101 m
11Enchanted Rock2015-01-05 k350 ft / 107 m
Total Trip Gain: 2360 ft / 719 m    Total Trip Loss: 2360 ft / 720 m



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