Ascent of Bald Hills on 2012-05-05
|Other People:||Solo Ascent|
Only Party on Mountain
|Date:||Saturday, May 5, 2012|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Location:||USA-New Mexico|
| Elevation:||1948 m / 6392 ft|
Ascent Trip ReportThis was a consolation prize. I went to White Oaks to see if the place had changed any since my last visit (maybe 15 or 20 years ago) and to climb Baxter Mountain, the peak northwest of town and the site of most of the mining activity when this place amounted to something. I couldn't find any easy access to the base of Baxter. The aptly named Bald Hills was my back up plan.
I parked along the highway next to a ranch gate about 100 yards west of a water tank that appeared to be fitted with solar panels. My GPS put the distance to the hp coordinates at 0.53 mi.
The 0.3 mi walk to the base of the mountain was nearly flat, the only challenge getting across a deep arroyo with 10 foot banks. Once a bit beyond the arroyo it got steadily steeper with nearly all of the elevation gain in the last third of a mile. Scree and shale made the footing a bit treacherous both up and down.
|Summary Total Data|
| Elevation Gain:||132 m / 432 ft|
| Distance:||2.2 km / 1.4 mi|
| Route Conditions:||Open Country, Bushwhack|
| Gear Used:||Ski Poles|
| Weather:||Pleasant, Clear|
| Elevation Gain:||129 m / 422 ft|
| Extra Loss:||3 m / 10 ft|
| Distance:||1.2 km / 0.7 mi|
| Trailhead:||NM 349 1822 m / 5980 ft|
| Time Up:||25 Minutes|
| Extra Gain:||3 m / 10 ft|
| Distance:||1.1 km / 0.7 mi|
| Time Down:||17 Minutes|
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