Ascent of Palo Encebado Peak on 2011-05-25

Climber: Richard Oestreicher

Date:Wednesday, May 25, 2011
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Palo Encebado Peak
    Location:USA-New Mexico
    Elevation:10165 ft / 3098 m

Ascent Trip Report

From US 64 east of Taos take forest road 10 (Shadow Mountain Road) north for about three miles to an intersection with a side road on the right that goes to a Buddhist institute. Just ahead on the left is a logging road. It's generally in rough shape, and was worse than usual this time because of recent rains. I parked about 3/4 of a mile up (at around 8900 feet). A heavy duty truck or other suitable vehicle could climb a bit higher.

The area is crisscrossed by logging roads and parts of an abandoned hiking trail (the Capulin Trail). Mostly I just used GPS headings to bushwhack upwards. Only a mile and half or so, but lots of fallen trees will slow you down. The peak is right on the boundary between the national forest and Taos Pueblo lands. It looked to me like a spot about 20 feet past the fence is a foot or two higher than the highest point on the National Forest side of the fence. Purist peakbaggers will have to decide whether a foot or two below the absolute highest point will qualify or do they want to risk hopping a fence with abundant no trespassing postings.

On the way down I explored some of the ridges just west of the peak which offer much better view than the forested peak.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:1467 ft / 447 m
    Distance:4.6 mi / 7.4 km
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Bushwhack
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:1467 ft / 447 m
    Extra Loss:202 ft / 61 m
    Distance:1.7 mi / 2.7 km
    Trailhead:8900 ft / 2712 m
Descent Statistics
    Distance:2.9 mi / 4.7 km
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Richard Oestreicher
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