Ascent to Washing Machine Trail on 2017-05-06

Climber: Richard Oestreicher

Others in Party:11 membrs hiking club
Date:Saturday, May 6, 2017
Ascent Type:No Summit Goal
Place:Washing Machine Trail
    Elevation:6901 ft / 2103 m

Ascent Trip Report

John Price, the organizer of my Saturday hiking club, calls this the Washing Machine Trail because apparently someone dumped a washing machine over the edge of the gorge ( I didn't see it today). My guess is it's a use trail for fishermen. It reaches the gorge at the confluence of the Rio Grande and San Cristobal Creek. It's rough, steep, and with lots of gravel and scree to slip on. At the bottom there's a nice camping spot and some unusual petroglyphs chipped into black (granite) rocks rather than just etched lines. Getting there can be an adventure over rough forest roads (starting just south of the road on the right to the DH Lawrence home and just north of the road to a garbage dump. We got turned around on the drive out and had some trouble figuring how to get back to the highway.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:351 ft / 106 m
    Total Elevation Loss:351 ft / 106 m
    Round-Trip Distance:0.9 mi / 1.4 km
    Route Conditions:
Unmaintained Trail
    Weather:Hot, Partly Cloudy
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:351 ft / 106 m
    Loss on way in:351 ft / 106 m
    Distance:0.3 mi / 0.6 km
    Start Trailhead:end of forest road  6901 ft / 2103 m
    Time:26 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Distance:0.5 mi / 0.9 km
    Time:33 Minutes

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