Ascent of Elephant Rock on 2012-08-01

Climber: Richard Oestreicher

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Wednesday, August 1, 2012
Ascent Type:Unsuccessful - Turned Back
Peak:Elephant Rock
    Location:USA-New Mexico
    Elevation:2965 m / 9729 ft

Ascent Trip Report

Off FR597, shortly after the intersection of 597 with FR 134, I took a track south. A short ways in there's a Forest Service "no ATV's" sign. So I parked my Jeep (not quite an all terrain vehicle) about 150 yards in. One of my maps shows a track heading up to a trail connecting Elephant Rock with Sawmill Mountain. I hoped this was it. It wasn't. After about 0.4 mi. the track hits a wide stream bed. I followed this uphill to a nearly sheer rock face and narrow nearly vertical chute for the stream. I tried bushwhacking up the very steep hill just to the left of the chute, but gave up after a few minutes. I'll come back anther day and look for a better route.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:165 m / 544 ft
    Distance:2.6 km / 1.6 mi
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Bushwhack
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:163 m / 535 ft
    Distance:1.3 km / 0.8 mi
    Trailhead:2802 m / 9194 ft
    Time Up:41 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Extra Gain:2 m / 9 ft
    Distance:1.3 km / 0.8 mi
    Time Down:23 Minutes

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