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Ascent of Eisenhower Park Tower 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:Eisenhower Park Tower
    Location:USA-Texas
    Elevation:1283 ft / 391 m

Ascent Trip Report

This is the peak that most climb in this small regional park as the trail (even a paved trail) goes to the tower and lookout. It is not as high as Bush Hill to the NE of this site. I started my second journey from the lowest depression in the Red Oak trail and then headed directly up to the tower. On the way back I explored side trails such as the Live Oak Trail and ended up going down the Cedar Flats trail and Yucca Flats Trail before taking the southern loop of the View Hill Trail back to the parking lot.

In all, I found both small peaks in just over 4 miles with some side hiking and bushwhacking to explore the flora, and found about 500 feet of total gain for the morning. I had to work at the route selection to maximize gain as there is not a lot of vertical in the park.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:193 ft / 58 m
    Total Elevation Loss:203 ft / 61 m
    Round-Trip Distance:2.2 mi / 3.5 km
    Grade/Class:1, 1+
    Quality:3 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail
    Weather:Pleasant, Breezy, Clear
beautiful day 72F
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:133 ft / 40 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 123 ft / 38 m; Extra: 10 ft / 3m
    Loss on way in:10 ft / 3 m
    Distance:0.4 mi / 0.6 km
    Route:View Hill Trail,
    Start Trailhead:saddle between subpeaks of Bush Hill and Tower on  1160 ft / 353 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:193 ft / 58 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 133 ft / 41 m; Extra: 60 ft / 18m
    Gain on way out:60 ft / 18 m
    Distance:1.8 mi / 2.9 km
    Route:Live Oak Tr, Cedar Flats Tr, View Hill Trail
    End Trailhead:parking lot  1150 ft / 350 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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