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Ascent of Bush Hill on 2016-03-02

Climber: William Musser

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Wednesday, March 2, 2016
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Bush Hill
    Location:USA-Texas
    Elevation:1340 ft / 408 m

Ascent Trip Report

A decent little hike with some interesting relief - I appreciated the plaques describing what the native vegetation is. CHPing is not enjoyable in this region as all CHPs seem to be on private land and this a part of the country where trespassing is frowned upon with armed owners so I am happy to take my hiking to public lands. Parked at the main parking area by Camp Bullis just to the west of Military Parkway and then meandered around and up the natural non paved View Hill Trail.

Explored peak 1214 (which was technically off limits too) and then found my way up to Bush Hill. Do not believe the literature that says the tower peak of 1283 is the highpoint of the park. The highpoint is actually Bush Hill at 1340 and fortunately it is actually on the public property although near the gated fence of the military property.
The trail nearly summits the hill but you do have a little bushwack to find the peak. There is an odd fenced area hidden around the top in the Junipers. I have no idea what it is there for or for what it was to hold in from getting out. Puzzle?

Then hiked down and found the red oak trail and and took it to reach lower ground to start my TH ascent of the Tower Peak to eh SW.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:345 ft / 104 m
    Total Elevation Loss:335 ft / 101 m
    Round-Trip Distance:1.9 mi / 3.1 km
    Grade/Class:1, 1+
    Quality:3 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Bushwhack
    Weather:Pleasant, Breezy, Clear
beautiful 70F
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:265 ft / 80 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 190 ft / 58 m; Extra: 75 ft / 22m
    Loss on way in:75 ft / 22 m
    Distance:1.2 mi / 1.9 km
    Route:View Hill Trail, Shady Creek, Bushwhack
    Start Trailhead:parking lot   1150 ft / 350 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:260 ft / 79 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 180 ft / 55 m; Extra: 80 ft / 24m
    Gain on way out:80 ft / 24 m
    Distance:0.7 mi / 1.1 km
    Route:Red Oak Trail
    End Trailhead:saddle between peaks in ravine  1160 ft / 353 m
Ascent Part of Trip: SATexas-3

Complete Trip Sequence:
OrderPeak/PointDateGain
1Bush Hill2016-03-02 a345 ft / 105 m
2Eisenhower Park Tower2016-03-02 b193 ft / 59 m
3Devils Hill2016-03-02 c 
Total Trip Gain: 538 ft / 164 m    Total Trip Loss: 538 ft / 164 m



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