Ascent of Tesuque Peak on 2008-10-10
|Others in Party:||Phil Robinson|
daughter Christina and dog Daisy
|Date:||Friday, October 10, 2008|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Location:||USA-New Mexico|
| Elevation:||12047 ft / 3671 m|
Ascent Trip ReportOn the morning of October 10, 2008, I, Phil Robinson, my 12 year old daughter Christina and our dog Daisy got up at 5:00, left the house at 5:45, drove to Winsor Trail north of Santa Fe, and started our hike at 7:30. I was carrying a 20 pound pack with food, water and a few emergency items for hiking above 12,000 feet at this time of year. Our starting elevation was about 10,250 feet. We picked one of the most beautiful weekends to hike. The aspen trees were in their yellow, orange and golden glory. It was a glorious, colorful hike as we started off. Our plan was to do a big loop that we thought was 6 or 7 miles. It turned out to be quite a bit more. We went over a colorful saddle near Aspen Peak and then into the Pecos Wilderness. We followed the Winsor trail below Nambe Lake to Skyline Ridge trail. The weekend before it snowed 10 inches and we began to hike in snow. Our trail turned from fall to winter. At times we could not see the trail so we had to follow the markings on the trees. We hiked along through the trees for quite some time until we got above timberline. The views were incredible! After trudging through the snow we made our first 12K, goal Penitente Peak, 12,249 feet. The views from this point were endless, mountain peaks in every direction. We looked at our second 12K goal, Lake Peak. It looked cliffy and a little rugged. We were hiking towards the peak from the west and as we got closer we saw a trail on the southwest side. We followed it up it. The trail then moved to the north side, in lots of snow. Finally we made the top of Lake Peak, 12,409 feet. It was easier than I thought it would be. We enjoyed the views, took some pictures and looked towards our third 12K goal, Tesuque Peak. The next half mile was the hardest part of the trip. We had to find our way along a rocky, cliffy, snowy, and craggy route. We took it slow and had to look far ahead to find the best way to go. We had to move along on all fours in a few areas. Finally we made the open area on top. We hiked along the ridge, at the very top of the Santa Fe ski area until we came to the top of Tesuque Peak, 12,043 feet. During the whole hike the most we ever stopped to rest and eat was 5 to 10 minutes. We had our final little eat snack on Tesuque Peak, then hiked back to the top of the Santa Fe ski area. We went straight down a ski run. It was a little tough going straight down for so long. The views of the golden aspen were wonderful. We arrived back at the car at 3:30, 8 hours of hiking. Our GPS said that we walked 11.8 miles and it felt like it. My daughter’s legs were a little sore, but she was a great hiker! If I were doing this hike again, it would be nice to camp half way along this almost 12 mile loop.
|Summary Total Data|
| Elevation Gain:||147 ft / 44 m|
| Route Conditions:||Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Bushwhack, Snow on Ground, Scramble|
| Elevation Gain:||147 ft / 44 m|
| Route:||Santa Fe Ski Area to Winsor Trail to Skiline Trail|
| Trailhead:||Deception Peak Saddle 11900 ft / 3627 m|
|Ascent Part of Trip: Santa Fe Ski Area Base|
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