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Ascent of Lone Mountain on 2019-11-13

Climber: Fred Brown

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Wednesday, November 13, 2019
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Lone Mountain
    Location:USA-New Mexico
    Elevation:8145 ft / 2482 m

Ascent Trip Report

While the mountain is on forest service land its surrounded by private property. Maps show access via various roads but those roads are no closed to the public. I contacted the forest service and talked to two White Oaks residents and all told me there is no public access to the mountain.

I parked near the White Oaks historical marker in the village of White Oaks next to NM-349. From there I cut through the church parking lot then cross-country through open piñon & juniper to a gate (33.7637, 105.7495) marking the beginning of forest land and FR-9022E. FR-9022E heads west then at a junction with FR-977B heads north up the mountain. FR-9022E turns into FR-9023. Note that none of these roads are signed and are in poor condition. At around 7750 ft FR-9023 appears to end, bushwhack up the ridge to the summit. You will pass a false summit enroute. A cairn marks the highpoint. The jar which contained the summit log was shattered so nothing remains but a stubby pencil.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2145 ft / 653 m
    Total Elevation Loss:2145 ft / 653 m
    Round-Trip Distance:8.2 mi / 13.2 km
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Open Country, Bushwhack
    Weather:Pleasant, Breezy, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:1995 ft / 608 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 1845 ft / 562 m; Extra: 150 ft / 45m
    Loss on way in:150 ft / 45 m
    Distance:4.1 mi / 6.6 km
    Route:Cross-country to FR-9022E to FR-9023 to Ridge
    Start Trailhead:NM-349 in White Oaks by Historical Marker  6300 ft / 1920 m
    Time:2 Hours 
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:1995 ft / 608 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 1845 ft / 562 m; Extra: 150 ft / 45m
    Gain on way out:150 ft / 45 m
    Distance:4.1 mi / 6.6 km
    Route:Bushwhack down Ridge to FR-9023 to FR-9022E to Cro
    End Trailhead:NM-349 in White Oaks by Historical Marker  6300 ft / 1920 m
    Time:1 Hours 30 Minutes



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