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Colin Murphy
2015-08-31 15:06:54
"Enchanted Rock and its features." from Colin Murphy Contract pics
Picture: Enchanted Rock and its features. (Contract pics)
Enchanted Rock, Texas
Most of Texas is as flat as a pancake, except for a large region to the NW called the Davis Mountains. But to the NW of Austin there’s a large upland area known as Texas Hill Country, comparable in height to Irish hills, highest point 750m. Having said that there aren’t that many well-defined summits around – it’s more of a broad elevated area with rolling countryside. One exception and among the best known summits is Enchanted Rock (556m), located about 25km north of the pretty town of Fredricksburg. The rock is a huge, pinkish dome of granite which stands out from the surrounding countryside, a little reminiscent of Uluru in Australia. It is part of Enchanted Rock State Park, so there is a small fee to gain entry. You can drive to the base and set off directly up the rock, which is steep initially and eases towards the top. The climb from the car park is roughly 200m ascent, and obviously it’s very solid underfoot. The only real issue you’ll have bagging this top is the heat. A display in the ranger station indicated it was 95 deg. F. The ranger told me that I could expect it to be 10 degrees hotter at the top, given its exposed nature – and that was at 9 in the morning. The views from the top are wonderful and the top is also dotted with a beautiful phenomenon known as ‘Vernal Pools’ – small depressions in the stone where dust gathered and pockets of colourful plant life has sprung up. There are also a lot of fascinating rock formations around the rock and the general state park area. Well worth the small effort if you’re in the area – just bring plenty of water and a hat or you’ll fry!
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Sugarloaf Hill: Easy access and log book to sign
ilenia a day ago.
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Slieveboy: Default hill
scannerman a day ago.
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Maulin: Misty morning
simon3 2 days ago.
Just sometimes and just for a short while a damp forest can show a misty fairy side. And so it was one January day after a heavy raincloud had passed and the sun had magicked this sprite into the ...

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Slieve Beg: Southern plunge
simon3 2 days ago.
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Chimney Rock Mountain: Rock, cloud and sea.
simon3 2 days ago.
Chimney Rock photographed from between Slievelamagan and Cove.

  
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Dromderalough NE Top: Odd-looking formations
Colin Murphy 4 days ago.
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Dromderalough NE Top: VL Number 273 bagged....
Colin Murphy 4 days ago.
My final Vandeleur-Lynam! Unfortunately No. 273 wasn't the most distinctive summit (when I came off Mangerton I couldn't even pick it out on the landscape) , but the views from the top are tremend...

  
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Dromderalough NE Top: Long route from the south.
Collaborative entry Last edit by: Colin Murphy 4 days ago.
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Mullaghdoo: Winter has arrived in the Sperrins
eamonoc 5 days ago.
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Pic de Cresp
David-Guenot 3 days ago.
walk, Len: 12.9km, Climb: 1190m, Area: France, Occitanie ()

  
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Mullaghdoo: Winter has arrived in the Sperrins
eamonoc 5 days ago.
View back over route taken from Mullaghclogha to Mullaghdoo

  
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Knocksink Wood to Glencullen and Stepaside
jgfitz 5 days ago.
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