Ascent of West Blue Mountain on 2019-06-18

Climber: Richard Hensley

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Tuesday, June 18, 2019
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Hi-Clearance Vehicle
Peak:West Blue Mountain
    Location:USA-New Mexico
    Elevation:10336 ft / 3150 m

Ascent Trip Report

Once out of Coffee Pot Canyon, the trail is difficult to follow in a lot of places. I missed it badly a few times on the way up. I took care to stay on or near on the way down. My track is only for the descent; so if you stay close to it, you'll soon regain the trail. A couple places, it just doesn't exist anymore. A little brush and deadfall to deal with.

The area at Cub Spring is confusing. Just before the spring, I saw a steep trail going up to the left. But it's only by animals approaching the spring from a small meadow. I followed it and continued into a dense area of brush and deadfall combined, before fighting my way up to the real trail. You need to pass beyond the spring tub before turning left (east). BTW, the spring tub was full and running clear, though a filter would be advised. But on a hot day, it'd be nice to splash and cool off.

Also, most others left the trail too soon and into the dense brush & deadfall on the summit's north slope. I was patient and it paid off. I stayed on the trail until almost reaching the ridge, spotted a nice open area, then headed up and back toward the summit. Still a little deadfall and brush, but not near as much as before.

See my report for Mt Withington for my drive between the two.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:3403 ft / 1036 m
    Total Elevation Loss:3403 ft / 1037 m
    Round-Trip Distance:13.3 mi / 21.4 km
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Bushwhack
    Weather:bkn cb; viz 25mi vcsh; breeze; warm
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:3233 ft / 985 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 3013 ft / 918 m; Extra: 220 ft / 67m
    Loss on way in:220 ft / 67 m
    Distance:6.7 mi / 10.8 km
    Route:Coffee Pot Tr #69, Post Tr #90, E rij
    Start Trailhead:Coffee Pot TH  7323 ft / 2232 m
    Time:3 Hours 56 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:3183 ft / 970 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 3013 ft / 918 m; Extra: 170 ft / 51m
    Gain on way out:170 ft / 51 m
    Distance:6.6 mi / 10.6 km
    End Trailhead:Coffee Pot TH  7323 ft / 2232 m
    Time:3 Hours 3 Minutes
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Richard Hensley
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