Ascent of Peak 10942 on 2018-08-18

Climber: Phil Robinson

Others in Party:Just me
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Saturday, August 18, 2018
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Peak 10942
    Location:USA-New Mexico
    Elevation:10942 ft / 3335 m

Ascent Trip Report

I left the house at 4:30 AM, Saturday August 18, 2018 and headed north to Red River, New Mexico. I headed south from Red River on Highway 578, south of Goose Lake Road, and a little south of Goose Creek Trail #65. (It is best to start at Goose Creek Trail #65) I accidently started to hike from Goose Creek road, realized the mistake and went further south. I parked on the west side of the paved road. I started hiking at 7:45 AM on a beautiful cool refreshing morning. The skies were clear. The starting elevation was 8872 feet. I preplanned the hike to follow a ridge to the top. When there is no trail, it is almost always better to follow a ridge than a valley. I immediately had to cross a stream, Red River. I looked for an easy way, but didn’t want to waste much time hunting so I forged the little river getting my feet wet. I started following the ridge up. It was a fair incline but I was invigorated so it felt pretty easy. After gaining about 500 feet in elevation the hike becomes a mild incline until the final assent. It was a beautiful forested, grass covered hike, mixed with a few wildflowers. The trees along the way were mostly white fur, blue spruce, and aspen. I saw some grouse and signs of elk. The hike was mostly tree covered but there were beautiful far reaching views in spots along the way. The last 700 feet in elevation gain is the hardest, reaching up to a 33 degree incline. There were a number of downed trees to go over at this part of the hike, yet it was not an exhaustive number. I arrived at the top of Peak 10,942 at 10:30 AM, 2 hours and 45 minutes from the start. The total elevation gain was 2263 feet. A major ranked peak has a 300 foot prominence. Peak 10,942 is a minor unranked peak because it has a prominence of 282 feet from another peak near it. I can tell you there is nothing “minor”, in effort, about an unranked peak. Some of “minor” peaks require more effort than some “major” peaks. The top is mostly tree covered, but as with the hike you could maneuver though the trees to get nice views. I stayed about 15 minutes and headed back. It was a nice hike back. All along the hike I could see remnants of a long forgotten forest fire. I was thankful for that fire. It made for an easier hike. I could see the afternoon clouds coming in. There is a short-distance rock ledge on the ridge along the way. I hardly noticed it on the way up, but it had a cumbersome feel on the way back. As I was hiking up the ridge, I noticed a trail in the valley to the north. When I was near the bottom of the ridge I cut over to the trail and followed it north crossing Goose Creek. There was then a bridge crossing Red River and I did not have ride home with wet feet. This is the place to start the hike! Start on this trail for a short ways, then up the ridge. I arrived back at the SUV at 1:25 and 5 hours and 40 minutes after starting. The total distance of the hike was 6 miles with an up-down elevation gain of 2578 feet. I drove a short ways to the town of Red River, had a hamburger and then the rain let loose as I started driving home. This is my 250th peak counting repeats. (11 more to go)
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2578 ft / 785 m
    Total Elevation Loss:508 ft / 154 m
    Round-Trip Distance:6 mi / 9.7 km
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Bushwhack, Stream Ford
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:2263 ft / 689 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 2070 ft / 631 m; Extra: 193 ft / 58m
    Loss on way in:193 ft / 58 m
    Distance:2.8 mi / 4.5 km
    Route:Cross Red River then Ridge to Top
    Start Trailhead:South of Goose Creek Trail #65  8872 ft / 2704 m
    Time:2 Hours 45 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:315 ft / 96 m
    Gain on way out:315 ft / 96 m
    Distance:3.2 mi / 5.2 km
    Route:Ridge to Goose Creek Trail #65
    End Trailhead:Same as starting point  
    Time:2 Hours 40 Minutes
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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