Ascent of Manzano Peak on 2012-07-20

Climber: Richard Oestreicher

Date:Friday, July 20, 2012
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Manzano Peak
    Location:USA-New Mexico
    Elevation:10098 ft / 3077 m

Ascent Trip Report

I climbed Manzano Peak today with New Mexico climber Phil Robinson (one of the leaders in over 12k New Mexico peaks and a pleasant hiking companion).

We drove via FR253 to FR422 and then a short rough track up from 422. Apparently (judging from prior trip reports) this was once drivable somewhat farther than it is now. We only got about 500 feet up before we were stopped by numerous fallen trees--a result of a fire. That complicates and lengthens the ascent. The first half of the ascent traverses the burn area, resulting in a great many downed trees to climb across and no shade for the first two miles. It also appears that few people have been up this trail in a while. Parts are overgrown with underbrush, and in a few spots it took some searching to find the trail. Once we got beyond the burn area it got easier, although there were still some downed trees and some underbrush on the trail. We hit the crest at around 3 mi. out, and the last mile to the hp was easy. Great views at the top.

On the way down we tried to take a spur trail to cut off a big dogleg in the main trail, but found ourselves blocked by networks of fallen trees and had to bushwhack back to the main trail. The diversion cut 0.2 mi. off the return route but actually added to the time down. I'd advise sticking to the trail despite its numerous problems and the circuitous route.

7.8 mi. rt.; just under 3 hours up and about 2 hours down.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:2382 ft / 725 m
    Distance:7.8 mi / 12.6 km
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Bushwhack
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:2183 ft / 665 m
    Extra Loss:207 ft / 63 m
    Distance:4 mi / 6.4 km
    Route:Kayser Mill Trail
    Trailhead:8122 ft / 2475 m
    Time Up:2 Hours 54 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Extra Gain:199 ft / 60 m
    Distance:3.8 mi / 6.1 km
    Time Down:2 Hours 4 Minutes

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