Ascent of Eagle Peak on 2017-02-03

Climber: Ben Lostracco

Others in Party:supported by Rose
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Friday, February 3, 2017
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Eagle Peak
    Elevation:7484 ft / 2281 m

Ascent Trip Report

Road hike from north west side .... 7.1M, 5:15 hours RT for both peaks. This route can not be done without the landowner's permission and also without "a recommended" high clearance vehicle.

Prior to this visit I contacted Matt Sedlack who gave me the necessary info as it applies to permission/driving instructions. He also informed me that Kit was the Hudspeth County DA. My heartfelt thanks to Matt.
This TR attempts to provide the information necessary to get to the TH, it is not a stand alone TR. For the hiking route one must see Matt's GPS track and the satellite imagery - it is a moderate straight forward road hike with a some moderately-steep sections.

The access permission is from the Kit and Jerry Bramblett Ranch, the only ranch house on-route (see the driving directions). I first called the Ranch last November/16 (tel phone #915-986-2495. Jerry answered the phone and without hesitation graciously gave me permission. "Just call before your visit and tell whoever answers that Jerry said it was OK."
I called her 2 days before today's visit, "Just keep on going if there is no one here."

On the drive we met up with numerous Border Patrol officers - all very friendly. On the way in we talked with officer, M Miller, who told us that he has been on top of Eagle numerous of times, also he knew of the Bramblett Ranch, and doesn't know to what extent Kit (in his mid eighties) is still involved with the County DA's office.
On the way out one officer told us that they were in the process of capturing a group of illegals northbound.

From the small community of Sierra Blanca, JCT I-10Bus/FM11111 we zeroed our odo. BTW there are 2 small campground in this community.
00.0M ... JCT I-10/FM1111, we drove south bound on paved FM1111
04.8M ... stayed left at fork signed Indian Hot Springs (gravel), It was on this road that we met the Border Patrol cars.
20.2M ... turned left on unsigned Ranch Road for the Bramblett Ranch (satellite image names this road Hayter Ranch Road). Signs on corner "Kit & Jerry Bramblett" plus an old sign (somewhat hidden on left) "Jack Hayter Ranch, High Point".
27.8M ... Bramblett Ranch House on right (30.93150,-105.14789). A number of vehicles and 2 dogs with no one home. We continued on the road to the left (right goes to the barns).
28.0M ... stayed right at fork. The road through here for 200 yds is very bad, a lot of loose rocks and not for my dodge caravan. I had to get out to level a few areas. We took a huge risk here (this should have been our TH)
28.2M ... went through a latched gate, few loose cattle beyond.
28.9M ... stayed left at fork, right goes to a corral with a windmill.
29.8M ... parked, this was my TH (30.93768,-105.11591, elev 5360'). Just ahead the road dips to a drainage xcrossing, again loose rock and much too risky for our vehicle. This spot is about 1 1/4M before Matt's TH at the water tank - adding perhaps an hour to the RT hike. The road here is very narrow, had a hard time turning around.

The road climb was as per Matt's GPS track, on the descent I went over to PEAK 7282 to the west, a short .5 mile RT.
Still no one home at the Ranch on the return.

A great trip in a very remote/beautiful part of Texas. The worst of this trip was the rough/gravel road drive to the TH, especially the last section after the Ranch.


Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2124 ft / 647 m
    Round-Trip Distance:6.6 mi / 10.6 km
    Route:farm track sb/eb from northwest side
    Trailhead:east of Bramblett Ranch,   5360 ft / 1633 m
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
Ascent Statistics
    Time:3 Hours 15 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time:1 Hours 30 Minutes
Ascent Part of Trip: EagleP

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Eagle Peak2017-02-03 a2124 ft / 647 m
2Peak 72822017-02-03 b282 ft / 86 m
Total Trip Gain: 2406 ft / 733 m    Total Trip Loss: 2406 ft / 733 m

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