Ascent of Cerro Grande on 2018-10-12

Climber: Rusty Shackleford

Date:Friday, October 12, 2018
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:4x4 Vehicle
Peak:Cerro Grande
    Location:USA-New Mexico
    Elevation:10160 ft / 3096 m

Ascent Trip Report

Started at parking area for Cerro Grande. Trail is easy to follow and never gets very steep. The trail comes close to entering the burn scar from a previous fire but never comes close enough to where I felt unsafe. Good views from the summit into the Valles Grande to the west. On the return trip, you are rewarded with excellent views south, looking into the Dome Wilderness area and upper Frijoles Canyon (Bandelier National Monument). The Sandia Mountains are visible further into the distance on a clear day. Return the way you came to the trailhead. Signage board at trailhead states the hike is 4 miles round trip. My GPS cam in at 4.5 miles total.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1270 ft / 386 m
    Extra Gain:30 ft / 9 m
    Round-Trip Distance:4.5 mi / 7.2 km
    Route:Cerro Grande Trail
    Trailhead:Cerro Grande Trailhead  8950 ft / 2727 m
    Quality:4 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
    Weather:Cool, Breezy, Partly Cloudy
Ascent Statistics
    Time:1 Hours 
Descent Statistics
    Time:45 Minutes

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