Ascent of Lake Fork Peak on 2011-06-17

Climber: Richard Oestreicher

Others in Party:Alan Bernier
Date:Friday, June 17, 2011
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Lake Fork Peak
    Location:USA-New Mexico
    Elevation:12881 ft / 3926 m

Ascent Trip Report

We took the Williams Lake trail past the Bavarian and then branched off to the right onto Ski Valley service roads up to a ski rescue shack at 11,800. A trail starts behind the shack and goes up to peak 12012. The trail continues down the col between 12012 and Kachina peak and along a narrow ridge.You'll pass a small cabin just before you reach the slope up Kachina Peak. It's a rocky 650 foot elevation gain from there to the top of Kachina. We then followed the ridge line across the col between Kachina and Lake Fork. There's a tricky crossing of a couple of hundred yards across a steep scree and boulder field on the west side of Lake Fork until you reach the final ridge slope up Lake Fork. The last few hundred feet up are a very steep rock scramble. Gale force winds made the strenuous climb even more tiring, but the scenery is glorious and it's tied for #5 on the New Mexico peak list!
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:3883 ft / 1184 m
    Distance:9.2 mi / 14.8 km
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Scramble
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Extremely Windy, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:3883 ft / 1184 m
    Extra Loss:1162 ft / 354 m
    Distance:4.6 mi / 7.4 km
    Trailhead:10160 ft / 3096 m
    Time Up:4 Hours 30 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Distance:4.6 mi / 7.4 km
    Time Down:3 Hours 

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