Ascent of Peak 10669 on 2013-07-09

Climber: Richard Oestreicher

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Tuesday, July 9, 2013
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Peak 10669
    Location:USA-New Mexico
    Elevation:10669 ft / 3251 m

Ascent Trip Report

I took the Heart Lake trail from Cabresto Lake for 1.25 mi., crossed the stream, and started bush whacking uphill. The crossing was at slightly over 9600 feet and left me about a tenth of a mile farther from the peak than the Cabresto Lake trailhead, but a direct bush whack from the lake looked impossibly steep. The bushwhack up to the ridge line from this crossing was steep and involved hopping the usual downed trees, but not a lot of undergrowth or other obstruction. I hit the ridge line at between 10400 and 10500, and followed it over a couple of small false summits to a final steep slope up the last 90 feet of elevation gain. I built a cairn on top. Although not a high peak compared to those around it, the top was only thinly wooded leaving excellent views. No one in Peakbagger or LOJ has been up here before, but I did find some heavily rusted cans on top. Someone has been here before, but probably not for many years.

Coming down I bushwhacked on a slightly more direct route than going up. Pretty steep; glad I had my poles. I hit the stream about a third of a mile closer to the Cabresto trailhead than my crossing on the way up, and discovered an incredibly dense thicket of bushes on the other bank blocking access to the trail and forcing me to walk up the stream bed for 20-30 yards to find a way up the bank.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:1637 ft / 498 m
    Distance:4.5 mi / 7.2 km
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Bushwhack, Stream Ford
    Weather:Drizzle, Overcast
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:1584 ft / 482 m
    Extra Loss:115 ft / 35 m
    Distance:2.6 mi / 4.2 km
    Route:Heart Lake trail and bushwhack
    Trailhead:Cabresto Lake  9200 ft / 2804 m
    Time Up:2 Hours 2 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Extra Gain:53 ft / 16 m
    Distance:1.9 mi / 3.1 km
    Time Down:1 Hours 18 Minutes

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