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Ascent of Osha Mountain on 2019-07-16

Climber: Fred Brown

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Tuesday, July 16, 2019
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:4x4 Vehicle
Peak:Osha Mountain
    Location:USA-New Mexico
    Elevation:10885 ft / 3317 m

Ascent Trip Report

There is a Trailhead on FR-7611. It's accessed using FR-76 to FR-176 (also called FR-153) and a trailhead access road (FR-7611). From FR-76 its only about 3/10 mile down FR-176 to the trailhead access road. That road is marked with a brown fiberglass sign that is not visible until after you turn. It has "trail" on the top. This road is noted on some maps as FR-7611. Also notice on some maps that FR-176 is shown as FR-153; but it is signed as "176'. If you read the other trip reports you will note that they started from FR-176 since the trailhead access road was impassable. Now you can drive to the trailhead and beyond. Access to the trailhead requires HC 4WD which includes FR-76 and FR-176.

From the trailhead you have two choices: bushwhack up the ridgeline from the trailhead parking area to the HP or make it a road hike. For the road hike: take Trail 164, which is actually a drivable 4WD road, for about half a mile. You will encounter a barbed wire fence with a green hiker stile and a forest sign: SBT 164 -19. Instead of crossing the fence head northeast following a road that parallels the fence. (See photo) It's about a half mile to the HP from the gate. The negatives to the road route is the loss of 130 ft from the trailhead and slightly more distance.

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Trail 164 about half mile from the trailhead. Notice the a road to the right in front of the fence. That "fence line road" goes practically in a straight line to the HP of Osha Mountain, about a half mile more. (2019-07-16). Photo by Fred Brown.
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Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:165 ft / 50 m
    Total Elevation Loss:305 ft / 92 m
    Round-Trip Distance:1.5 mi / 2.4 km
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Bushwhack
    Weather:Hot, Calm, Partly Cloudy
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:165 ft / 50 m
    Distance:1 mi / 1.6 km
    Route:Ridgeline using road and bushwhack
    Start Trailhead:Trail 164 Trailhead  10720 ft / 3267 m
    Time:30 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:305 ft / 92 m
    Distance:0.5 mi / 0.8 km
    Route:Road paralleling fence
    End Trailhead:Trail 164 (Trl Marker SBT 164-19) by Fence  10580 ft / 3224 m
    Time:15 Minutes



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