Ascent of Peak 10170 on 2012-05-30

Climber: Richard Oestreicher

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Peak 10170
    Location:USA-New Mexico
    Elevation:10170 ft / 3099 m

Ascent Trip Report

This ascent was part of a multi peak day. I climbed 9705 (see trip report for directions to Apache Pass trailhead), then up to 10170, down the south side of 10170 and up 10122 and then up and down 10170 again on my return.

From Apache Pass the Elliot Barker Trail goes over the top of 10170. Unfortunately, on my way out I missed a turn in the trail and lengthened the trip a bit. The trail starts out as a forest road and then diverges off the forest road in a few hundred feet. I continued along the forest road to a spot NW of the peak and had to take an abandoned logging track back up to the trail.

Near Apache Pass the trail is well maintained including frequent cairns as trail markers. Farther on there were some fallen trees, but generally the trail is easy to follow. I found the USGS benchmark right along the barbed wire fence at the top, but the highest ground is clearly a little bit SE of the bm on the other side of the fence. Someone else had hopped it before me leaving a small pile of rocks and a fallen log to make the fence jumping easier.

I continued along the Elliot Barker Trail south towards 10122. This part of the trail clearly gets less use than the part north of 10170 and there were occasional spots where it was a bit hard to follow. I bushwhacked towards the peak when the trail diverged from my GPS heading at about 0.75 mi. from the hp, emerging from the woods into a large cleared area and down to a fence near a small pond. A large sign clearly marked the area as private property, no trespassing with additional wording about getting permission before hunting or fishing in this area. Fortunately the owner was working along the fence and gave me permission to cross his property to ascend the peak. A road goes close to the top. Much of the top was burned off by a fire leaving a nest of fallen timber to cross. However, the inadvertent upside of this fire loss is magnificent views in all directions including Touch-Me-Not, Baldy, and Wheeler Peaks.

The very top is still wooded and its not self-evident where the highest spot is. Lots of fallen trees made wandering difficult. I think I hit the highest spot, but I'm not certain.

I returned down to my fence crossing, thanked the owner and headed back up the cleared hill to return on the Elliot Barker Trail via a second ascent of 10170. Overall the hike to the four peaks for the day totaled 9.3 mi. and about 2350 feet total elevation gain.

The three new peaks give me a total of 50 Taos County peaks out of the 115 ranked peaks listed on LOJ.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:897 ft / 273 m
    Distance:3 mi / 4.8 km
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:897 ft / 273 m
    Extra Loss:30 ft / 9 m
    Distance:2 mi / 3.2 km
    Route: FR and Elliot Barker Trail
    Trailhead:Apache Pass  9303 ft / 2835 m
    Time Up:1 Hours 
Descent Statistics
    Distance:1 mi / 1.6 km
    Route:Elliot Barker Tr and bushwhack
    Time Down:30 Minutes

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