Ascent of Maestas Ridge on 2011-08-04
|Other People:||Solo Ascent|
Only Party on Mountain
|Date:||Thursday, August 4, 2011|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Location:||USA-New Mexico|
| Elevation:||10560 ft / 3218 m|
Ascent Trip ReportAfter climbing Cerro del Oso off of Forest Road 442, I headed back to my home base in Taos on Forest Road 439. I parked at a spot about 9 miles east of New Mexico 518 where my GPS told me I was less than 0.9 miles (south) from the top of Maestas Ridge. The topo map suggests that there may be closer and easier access from the north side via Forest Road 440, but I didn't relish another long haul on rough forest roads to get there.
The route up is a very steep bushwhack (1300 feet elevation gain in 1.2 miles) through dense underbrush and fallen trees. Don't try this unless you have experience with off trail bushwhacking. Abandoned logging tracks--in various states of overgrowth-- crisscross the direct route up and down. I used these a bit to avoid some of the bushwhack coming down but that adds significantly to the distance. There's a clearing on top where I had pleasant snack and enjoyed the great views-- the Jicarita and Truchas peaks to the south, the Taos valley to the west, and Cerro del Oso that I climbed earlier today to the southeast.
Taos County peak #32.
|Summary Total Data|
| Elevation Gain:||1363 ft / 415 m|
| Distance:||3.3 mi / 5.3 km|
| Route Conditions:||Bushwhack|
| Elevation Gain:||1280 ft / 390 m|
| Distance:||1.2 mi / 1.9 km|
| Trailhead:||Forest Road 439 9280 ft / 2828 m|
| Time Up:||1 Hours 22 Minutes|
| Extra Gain:||83 ft / 25 m|
| Distance:||2.1 mi / 3.4 km|
| Time Down:||58 Minutes|
|GPS Data for Ascent/Trip|
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