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Ascent of Tetilla Peak on 2020-04-02

Climber: William Musser

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Thursday, April 2, 2020
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Tetilla Peak
    Location:USA-New Mexico
    Elevation:7203 ft / 2195 m

Ascent Trip Report

Avoiding the Corona crap, we went socially distancing to the max and went primitive camping. Took my 4x4 truck on a hell of an adventure leaving the small town of La Cienega and not wanting to drive way up north and come into the national forest we just headed due west on county roads and forest roads and it was harder than it looked on the aerials. We took CR 56 up to 56c and headed on the dirt roads back to and down again south to FR24, and found a BLM land with one of those barb wire move it gates, and headed due west on a road that shows up on google aerial but not on the USGS map this road eventually climbs the Caja Del Rio Plateau and is not for cars or 2 wheel drive. My 4 wheel truck did fine in only 4 high but it needed clearance and was like most CO 14ers 4 wheel drive trails but with a lot of sharp angular volcanic basalt that I did not want to puncture my tires.

This 4 wheel drive down the plateau was not as bad and eventually connects with another forest road called out on the USGS map as FR24 and the driving was OK from here with a few twists and turns thru juniper lands and a few deep dips that once bottomed out my trailer hitch. The dirt road or trail shown off this road became my trailhead and I parked and Karen read a book while I bushwhacked the easy juniper terrain of class 1+ to 2 to the top and back about 2.3 miles RT and over 650 feet of total gain.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:658 ft / 200 m
    Total Elevation Loss:85 ft / 25 m
    Round-Trip Distance:2.3 mi / 3.7 km
    Grade/Class:1,2
    Quality:4 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Bushwhack
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:588 ft / 179 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 573 ft / 175 m; Extra: 15 ft / 4m
    Loss on way in:15 ft / 4 m
    Distance:1.2 mi / 1.9 km
    Route:see GPS track
    Start Trailhead:see GPS  6630 ft / 2020 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:70 ft / 21 m
    Gain on way out:70 ft / 21 m
    Distance:1.1 mi / 1.8 km
Ascent Part of Trip: Albuquerque-2

Complete Trip Sequence:
OrderPeak/PointDateGain
1Tetilla Peak2020-04-02658 ft / 201 m
2Cedro Peak2020-04-03 00361 ft / 110 m
3Sandia Crest2020-04-03 a996 ft / 304 m
4Capulin Peak2020-04-03 b279 ft / 85 m
6Cedro Peak2020-04-04 a392 ft / 119 m
7Black Volcano2020-04-04 b334 ft / 102 m
8Palomas Peak2020-04-04 c1243 ft / 379 m
10Tecolote Peak2020-04-04 d508 ft / 155 m
11Cedro Peak2020-04-05 a302 ft / 92 m
12Peak 68402020-04-05 b919 ft / 280 m
13Cibola NF Peak 67202020-04-05 c595 ft / 181 m
15Manzano Open Space Pinnacle 2020-04-05 d315 ft / 96 m
Total Trip Gain: 6902 ft / 2104 m    Total Trip Loss: 2095 ft / 638 m
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip


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