Ascent of Trampas Peak on 2012-07-02
|Other People:||Solo Ascent|
Only Party on Mountain
|Date:||Monday, July 2, 2012|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Location:||USA-New Mexico|
| Elevation:||12170 ft / 3709 m|
Ascent Trip ReportI took FR160 8.3 mi. in from the highway. The first 4-5 miles are excellent--20-25 mph--but it gets progressively rougher thereafter. I parked at a wide spot by an intersection. It would have been possible to get my jeep a few hundred yards higher, but this was a good parking spot.
This placed me slightly closer and about 700 feet higher than the Trampas trailhead where, I believe, others have started. I followed abandoned forest tracks for the first few minutes and then began the bushwhack up the hill. Between roughly 10,200 and 10,500 I crossed many fallen trees that slowed me down. Above the fallen trees I ran into a trail that runs intermittently for much of the way but is frequently interrupted by fallen trees and underbrush. It loops around following the ridge line. Around 11,300 I ran into another dense accumulation of fallen trees. Above about 11,600 the route gets substantially steeper. I kept to the left where there was mostly grass avoiding rocks and gravel. About 200 yards from the top I emerged from the trees to a spectacular view of most of the high peaks in the Pecos Wilderness. A cairn on top with a stick in it contained a trail register with lots of familiar names, but I was only the second climber to sign in this year.
On my return I found the use trail easier to follow. I descended a bit north of where I had ascended avoiding some of the denser areas of fallen trees.
|Summary Total Data|
| Elevation Gain:||2714 ft / 826 m|
| Distance:||6.6 mi / 10.6 km|
| Route Conditions:||Road Hike, Unmaintained Trail, Bushwhack|
| Elevation Gain:||2640 ft / 804 m|
| Extra Loss:||93 ft / 28 m|
| Distance:||3.4 mi / 5.5 km|
| Trailhead:||FR160 9623 ft / 2933 m|
| Time Up:||2 Hours 50 Minutes|
| Extra Gain:||74 ft / 22 m|
| Distance:||3.2 mi / 5.2 km|
| Time Down:||1 Hours 43 Minutes|
|GPS Data for Ascent/Trip|
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