SUMMARY: Arrived Friday, 2/27/2009, hiked to Buzzard's Roost primitive campsite with two other hikers. Checked out Enchanted Rock, Buzzard's Roost, Turkey Peak, Little
Rock, Freshman Mountain, and several isolated local rocks for high-angle rescue training sites. Departed 03/01/2009.
CURRENT CONDITIONS: Enchanted Rock is presently in the midst of a major drought, and is dry as tinder throughout. Recent fires have scorched the northwest sector, but thus far has spared the rest--that could change badly without some rain soon. No open fires or smoking permitted; a full burn ban in effect meant no cooking at the primitive campsite. We used charcoal in an elevated grill at the day use area on 2/28 for breakfast and dinner, but after seeing the devastation of the northwest sector later that day, decided to avoid cooking fires of any kind for the rest of our stay. We had plenty of ULTRAGORP, and that was enough for me. Both Sandy Creek (SE sector) and Walnut Spring Creek (NW sector) are completely dry on the surface. We dug down but didn't find liquid water until down about 18 inches under Sandy Creek's creek bed. Moss Lake, while not dry, is brackish. Although we could have filtered water taken from the hole we dug in Sandy Creek, we filled in the hole, put our water filters away, and packed drinking water in. I'll return twice a month in 2009, and will post updates as conditions change.
GENERAL: Enchanted Rock is a highly diverse area, with plenty of (1) hiking trails that traverse low forests, grasslands, meadows, creek beds, etc.; and (2) technical climbing routes that range from elementary skill levels to vertical walls and near-vertical walls with drops up to 250 ft. In short, this park provides numerous sites for training of high-angle rescue personnel and technical climbers of every stripe.