Ascent of Cerro de los Taoses on 2012-07-11

Climber: Richard Oestreicher

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Wednesday, July 11, 2012
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Cerro de los Taoses
    Location:USA-New Mexico
    Elevation:8009 ft / 2441 m

Ascent Trip Report

From US 64 I turned onto the new West Rim road and then immediately right on the east-west gravel road. On my map it's labeled Sheepherders Rd. but I saw no signs. About 3 mi. in I turned right on a dirt road that heads uphill to the the se flank of the mountain. The road jogs slightly a few times but basically heads straight uphill to the Carson National Forest boundary. I parked about 0.1 mi. from the forest boundary and headed slightly to the left of my GPS heading to bypass a small mesa between my parking spot and the peak. I ran into another road that goes to the east side of the peak. There I met a local mountain biker, Charlie Rafferty, who filled me in with info about the area. He comes from Mt. Lebanon, just outside Pittsburgh where I live 8 months of the year.

The east side of the peak is less steep than a straight ahead ascent up the front. Today it was hazy but on a clear day you would have a great 360 degree view.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:451 ft / 138 m
    Distance:1.4 mi / 2.3 km
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Bushwhack
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:431 ft / 132 m
    Distance:0.7 mi / 1.1 km
    Trailhead:7578 ft / 2309 m
    Time Up:27 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Extra Gain:20 ft / 6 m
    Distance:0.7 mi / 1.1 km
    Time Down:20 Minutes

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