Ascent of Hermit Peak on 2019-06-15

Climber: Phil Robinson

Others in Party:Brian
Fred & Jeremy
Date:Saturday, June 15, 2019
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Hermit Peak
    Location:USA-New Mexico
    Elevation:10240 ft / 3121 m

Ascent Trip Report

I only have 11 more peaks that I am interested in and Hermit Peak is not one of them, but the peak has such a dynamic look, that it looks like I should have it. I hiked the peak with my friend Brian and his son Nathan and two other peakbagging friends Fred and Jeremy. I left my house with Brian and his son at 5:15 AM, June 15, 2019. From Los Vegas, New Mexico we took NM 65 northwest for about 15 miles to Porvenir Campground and were hiking by 8:00 AM. The starting elevation was 7500 feet. I always carry about 18 pounds in a daypack for conditioning and if there ever is an emergency I am very prepared. I have hiked so many peaks the last few years that have not had trails; this peak was very refreshing having a nice trail the entire time. Brian and Nathan zoomed up ahead as the 3 of us stayed behind. This was my first peak of the year so I felt like I was chugging a bit, especially trying to play catch-up. It was a beautiful morning with clear skies. The trail switch-backed to the ridgeline, then it is an easy hike to the top. The actual top is in the thick of trees with no view, but hiking a little further to the east beautiful, expansive views open up. We arrived at the top after hiking 2 hours and 50 minutes. The distance on my GPS said 5.3 miles and the total elevation gain was 2750 feet. We stayed on the top about 40 minutes, admiring the views and eating lunch. We started hiking back at 11:30. It is a nice trail back but there are lots of small rocks on the trail so especially hiking down you have to watch your footing. Brian and Nathan zoomed to the bottom and were down about a half hour ahead of us. The clouds were coming in and we heard a couple distant rumbles of thunder. At the bottom we crossed a stream and were back at the cars. It took us 2 hours to hike back. The total hiking time was 4 hours and 50 minutes. The total distance was 9.9 miles and the total up-down elevation gain was 2854 feet. It is a beautiful forested drive back to Los Vegas and from there we returned home. This peak was my 250th New Mexico peak counting repeats with 4 others out of state.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2854 ft / 869 m
    Total Elevation Loss:2854 ft / 869 m
    Round-Trip Distance:9.9 mi / 15.9 km
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:2750 ft / 838 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 2740 ft / 835 m; Extra: 10 ft / 3m
    Loss on way in:10 ft / 3 m
    Distance:5.3 mi / 8.5 km
    Route:Trail 223 to the NW
    Start Trailhead:Porvenir Campground  7500 ft / 2286 m
    Time:2 Hours 50 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:2844 ft / 866 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 2740 ft / 835 m; Extra: 104 ft / 31m
    Gain on way out:104 ft / 31 m
    Distance:4.6 mi / 7.4 km
    Route:Trail 223 to the SE
    End Trailhead:Porvenir Campground  7500 ft / 2286 m
    Time:2 Hours 
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