Ascent of Tres Orejas on 2012-07-11

Climber: Richard Oestreicher

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Wednesday, July 11, 2012
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Tres Orejas
    Location:USA-New Mexico
    Elevation:7976 ft / 2431 m

Ascent Trip Report

I did this peak immediately after an ascent of nearby Cerro de los Taoses. From that peak I could see a dirt road heading straight for Tres Orejas. A local resident I met there explained that the road would take me part way up the mesa in front of the peaks if I had 4wd. It did (and 4wd and high clearance is necessary). I parked at a spot 1.55 mi. from the peak according to GPS and headed out on a GPS heading. That took me up the mesa to about 7700 feet and then down again about 250 feet into the valley between the mesa and the peak. There I crossed a road ( and later from the top it looked like road goes back out toward the main road, so It may be possible to drive much closer than I did).

I ascended towards the middle of the three knobs and went up into the saddle between it and the northernmost of the three knobs. That was quite steep but looked less steep than the alternatives. It's a scramble over the middle knob to the saddle between it and the most southeasterly of the three. That's the one listed as the high point on the topo map, but you may want to do both because it looked to me like the middle knob is about the same height. The last couple of hundred feet up to the hp is a class 3 scramble. On the way back I got caught in a hail storm, and the road out was quite slippery with mud. I wouldn't try this route in bad weather.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:1047 ft / 318 m
    Distance:4.2 mi / 6.8 km
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Bushwhack, Scramble
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:895 ft / 272 m
    Extra Loss:232 ft / 70 m
    Distance:2 mi / 3.2 km
    Trailhead:7313 ft / 2229 m
    Time Up:1 Hours 45 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Extra Gain:152 ft / 46 m
    Distance:2.2 mi / 3.5 km
    Time Down:1 Hours 7 Minutes

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