Mount Locke

The road to the summit of Mount Locke in TX

Mount Locke is a high mountain peak at an elevation of 2.070m (6,790ft) above the sea level, located in Jeff Davis County, in the U.S. state of Texas.

Can you drive to Mount Locke in Texas?

The road to the summit is totally paved with steep grades. It’s called Texas State Highway Spur 78 or Spur 78. At its terminus at the summit of Mt. Locke, Spur 78 has the highest elevation at any point on the state highway system. Snow is unusual in winter.

Is the road to Mount Locke in Texas steep?

Tucked away in central Jeff Davis County, the road to the summit is pretty steep. Starting at TX-118 road, the ascent is 2.73km (1.7 mile) long. Over this distance the elevation gain is 176 meters. The average gradient is 6.44%, with a maximum gradient of 11,4%.

How do I get to the McDonald's observatory?

Tucked away in the Davis Mountains range, the road to the summit was built on April 24, 1933. The summit hosts the McDonald Observatory, an astronomical observatory built in 1932. It’s one of the world's leading centers for astronomical research, teaching, and public education and outreach. The peak was named in 1932 after G. S. Locke, an early rancher in the area.


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