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Ascent of Van Diest Peak on 2019-07-09

Climber: Fred Brown

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Tuesday, July 9, 2019
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Hi-Clearance Vehicle
Peak:Van Diest Peak
    Location:USA-New Mexico
    Elevation:11223 ft / 3420 m

Ascent Trip Report

FR-54E deadends at a parking lot where signs point the way to several mines. If you wish to follow the trail/road to Van Diest then head down the hill to the Edison Mine remnants. The trail begins in a narrow drainage just west of the Edison Mine sign. Trail is not marked but shows up on maps and is easy to follow. Once it reaches the ridge line there's an old 4WD road/trail which continues to follow the ridgeline to the HP. Much of the road is on private property running next to the fence line marking the national forest boundary. The trail and road had very little deadfall making for a much more pleasant walk than bushwhacking. Trail/Road is 2.5 miles one way.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1173 ft / 356 m
    Total Elevation Loss:1173 ft / 356 m
    Round-Trip Distance:4.9 mi / 7.9 km
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Bushwhack
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:973 ft / 296 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 773 ft / 235 m; Extra: 200 ft / 60m
    Loss on way in:200 ft / 60 m
    Distance:2.4 mi / 3.9 km
    Route:Road / Bushwhack / Road&Trail
    Start Trailhead:End of FR-54E - Parking Lot  10450 ft / 3185 m
    Time:1 Hours 15 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:973 ft / 296 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 773 ft / 235 m; Extra: 200 ft / 60m
    Gain on way out:200 ft / 60 m
    Distance:2.5 mi / 4 km
    Route:Roads&Trail
    End Trailhead:End of FR-54E - Parking Lot  10450 ft / 3185 m
    Time:1 Hours 



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