Ascent of Van Diest Peak on 2012-07-25
|Other People:||Solo Ascent|
|Date:||Wednesday, July 25, 2012|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
|Peak:||Van Diest Peak|
| Location:||USA-New Mexico|
| Elevation:||11223 ft / 3420 m|
Ascent Trip ReportI took FR 134 to the turnoff for the Midnight MIne, and continued past the mine. At an intersection in a mile or, so bear left and follow it to the barrier at the end. About 200 yards down the hill I ran into the remnants of the Edison Mine--more left than at the Midnight Mine, worth a stop. My GPS map showed an abandoned forest road ascending the ridge to the peak. I followed the road by the creek for a few hundred yards, but it became clear this was not the right road, so then I took an abandoned track uphill to the left. Also not what i wanted, so I bushwhacked up to the road. It hits the fence line for the Valle Vidal and then follows the fence up to the peak. On the way back I followed the road most of the way except a steep downhill bushwhack near the end where the road was obstructed by many downed trees.
Nice views along the ridgeline and at the top, although I didn't dawdle because it started to rain.
|Summary Total Data|
| Elevation Gain:||1338 ft / 406 m|
| Distance:||6 mi / 9.6 km|
| Route Conditions:||Road Hike, Bushwhack|
| Gear Used:||Ski Poles|
| Elevation Gain:||1056 ft / 321 m|
| Extra Loss:||311 ft / 94 m|
| Distance:||3.5 mi / 5.6 km|
| Trailhead:||10478 ft / 3193 m|
| Time Up:||1 Hours 35 Minutes|
| Extra Gain:||282 ft / 85 m|
| Distance:||2.5 mi / 4 km|
| Time Down:||1 Hours |
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