Ascent of Brushy Mountain on 2011-07-20

Climber: Richard Oestreicher

Date:Wednesday, July 20, 2011
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Brushy Mountain
    Location:USA-New Mexico
    Elevation:8114 ft / 2473 m

Ascent Trip Report

This is my month for bagging volcanic cones on the Taos Plateau since the Forest Service closed access to all of the higher peaks because of fire danger. Brushy Mountain is a steep little cone between Cerro Chiflo, Cerro de la Olla, and Cerro Montosa.

I took the BLM Taos Plateau access on the Rio Grande west rim above the John Dunn Bridge for 11 miles north. At the intersection with sign giving mileage to Cerro Chiflo and Cerro de la Olla I went straight ahead until I passed through a gate with the road to the base of Cerro Chiflo on the right and a track running along the power lineon the left. This track got me to the bottom of Brushy Mountain. It was a steep but quick half hour up and down. The slope on the west side was not as steep as the path straight up.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:413 ft / 126 m
    Distance:0.8 mi / 1.3 km
    Route Conditions:
Bushwhack, Scramble
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:413 ft / 126 m
    Distance:0.4 mi / 0.6 km
    Trailhead:7701 ft / 2347 m
    Time Up:20 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Distance:0.4 mi / 0.6 km
    Time Down:13 Minutes

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