Ascent of Cerro Montoso on 2011-07-20

Climber: Richard Oestreicher

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Wednesday, July 20, 2011
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Cerro Montoso
    Location:USA-New Mexico
    Elevation:8655 ft / 2638 m

Ascent Trip Report

I took the BLM Taos Plateau access on the Rio Grande west rim above the John Dunn Bridge for about 9-10 miles (sorry I forgot to watch the odometer for a more precise figure. I passed a couple of tracks heading in the general direction of the mountain. At a fence line a very straight and smooth road (better at first than the main road) heads west and I took that one. After a mile the road quality deteriorates rapidly. I took it another 3/4 of a mile. If you don't have an appropriate vehicle, you may want to park sooner (especially since it's not a long walk). After about another half mile walking on the road, I took a GPS heading straight for the peak. After some scrub oak, I headed up through a meadow to a caldera rim. Going up and down the caldera each way adds a couple of hundred feet of elevation gain. Some rocky cliffs on the west rim looked like the probable high point, but when I got up there I discovered that the high point is actually several hundred feet farther west. Great views in all directions from the top.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:736 ft / 223 m
    Distance:2.7 mi / 4.3 km
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Bushwhack
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:616 ft / 187 m
    Extra Loss:124 ft / 37 m
    Distance:1.4 mi / 2.2 km
    Trailhead:8163 ft / 2488 m
    Time Up:49 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Extra Gain:120 ft / 36 m
    Distance:1.3 mi / 2.1 km
    Time Down:38 Minutes

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