Ascent of Trampas Peak on 2012-07-02

Climber: Richard Oestreicher

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Monday, July 2, 2012
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Trampas Peak
    Location:USA-New Mexico
    Elevation:12170 ft / 3709 m

Ascent Trip Report

I 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
Ascent Statistics
    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
Descent Statistics
    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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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Richard Oestreicher
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