Ascent of 8594 on 2012-05-17

Climber: Richard Oestreicher

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 Report

Heading 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
Ascent Statistics
    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
Descent Statistics
    Extra Gain:124 m / 410 ft
    Distance:7.6 km / 4.7 mi

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