Ascent of Cerro Montoso on 2011-07-20
|Other People:||Solo Ascent|
Only Party on Mountain
|Date:||Wednesday, July 20, 2011|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Location:||USA-New Mexico|
| Elevation:||8655 ft / 2638 m|
Ascent Trip ReportI 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|
| 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|
| Extra Gain:||120 ft / 36 m|
| Distance:||1.3 mi / 2.1 km|
| Time Down:||38 Minutes|
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