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Colin Murphy
2015-08-31 15:06:54
"Enchanted Rock and its features." from Colin Murphy Contract pics
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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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An Bhinn Bhuí: Benwee Head Loop.
sandman 3 hours ago.
As already stated Benwee Head has some of the most dramatic costal scenery in Ireland and with this in mind i decided to enjoy on a clear sunny day the joys of walking the 12.4km of the Benwee Hea...

  
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Knocknanacree: Storm Beach and Cliffs at lower western reaches
Bunsen7 5 hours ago.
A view of "Acres" from Minard Beach. This is apparently a geologically interesting spot in itself as it is a storm beach comprised of large sandstone boulders. The castle is on private land and no...

  
Summit Comment
Knockafeehane: From the horse's mouth
Bunsen7 5 hours ago.
This is the trail description post at Q59652 00497. It summarises the route if taken from east to west, as per track 3881.Vastly superior to my own garbled efforts!Annascaul obviously is a very we...

Summit Comment
Knockafeehane: Easily Accessible and not overly demanding
Bunsen7 5 hours ago.
There is a waymarked trail to the summit which loops over the ridge leading west from this hill. See track 3881.The quickest route to the top would see you park in Annascaul village and walk up th...

  
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Meelin Hill, Brackloon and Knockafeehane
Bunsen7 6 hours ago.
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Eagles Hill, Mullaghbeg, Beenrour
bogtrotter 6 hours ago.
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Erris Head Loop
simon3 12 hours ago.
Simple walk to Erris Head. On the occasion we did it, there were dark clouds and big showers. walk, Len: 9.0km, Climb: 417m, Area: Mayo Coastal Hill (Ireland) Erris Head Hil...

  
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Cashloura: An enjoyable walk for all ages
CaminoPat a day ago.
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Forum: General
An Sli
Slier159 a day ago.
Hello all,I am currently trying to organize a longs distance walk from Killarney to Derry city, using the existing National Waymarked Trails along the West coast. A 1,000km of Trail already exist ...

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An Bhinn Bhuí: Benwee Loop walk towards Portacloy.
ucampbell 3 days ago.
The Loop walks here are well signposted, it's a great idea to go out onto each headland.

  
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Doonvinalla N Top: Coastal Hill
sandman 3 days ago.
On 26/4/2014 i spent a very enjoyable afternoon walking this area visiting the army observation hut and the stone constructed EIRE marking as part of an addition to the Benwee Head Loop walk but i...

  
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Doonvinalla N Top: Flat topped but hard to get to.
simon3 3 days ago.
View from the west.


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