Ascent of 8594 on 2012-05-17
|Other People:||Solo Ascent|
|Date:||Thursday, May 17, 2012|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Location:||USA-New Mexico|
| Elevation:||2619 m / 8594 ft|
Ascent Trip ReportHeading south on rt. 68 from Ranchos de Taos there's a big bend a bit past the trailhead for the trail down to the Rio Grande Gorge. Arroyo Hondo Rd., also called FR. 606, I believe, heads east from the bend. It's very rough. I drove my jeep in for about a mile and a half and then parked. At that point I was about 0.7 mi. north of the peak.The northern and eastern flanks of the mountain looked too steep for a reasonable ascent, so I walked the road for a mile to a clearing SE of the peak. From there the remnants of what was once a forest road head to a spot almost south of the peak (a bit east to true s). From there I slogged up the very steep hillside, about 600 feet of elevation gain in less than half a mile.
Afterwards, I headed a mile and half up the road from the clearing before returning to my vehicle.
|Summary Total Data|
| Elevation Gain:||470 m / 1545 ft|
| Distance:||10.6 km / 6.6 mi|
| Route Conditions:||Road Hike, Bushwhack|
| Gear Used:||Ski Poles|
| Elevation Gain:||346 m / 1135 ft|
| Distance:||3.1 km / 1.9 mi|
| Trailhead:||Arroyo Hondo Rd. 2273 m / 7459 ft|
| Time Up:||1 Hours 25 Minutes|
| Extra Gain:||124 m / 410 ft|
| Distance:||7.6 km / 4.7 mi|
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