Ascent of Gold Hill on 2009-06-18

Climber: Richard Oestreicher

Date:Thursday, June 18, 2009
Ascent Type:Unsuccessful - Turned Back
Peak:Gold Hill
    Location:USA-New Mexico
    Elevation:11700 ft / 3566 m

Ascent Trip Report

I took the longer but less crowded route (compared to the route up from Taos Ski Valley) towards Gold Hill starting from the Columbine Campground on SR 38 between Questa and Red River. The campground is a fee area but there's free parking for hikers at the trail head at the back of the campground. The first part of the trail gets heavy use, but in 1.8 mi. you hit the intersection to the Deer Creek Trail, and you're unlikely to see many other folks after you make this turn. The trail crisscrosses the stream for a half mile or so, and then starts the steady climb up a trail carved into the hillside with many switchbacks. As you ascend there are continuous beautiful views of Columbine Canyon and the surrounding peaks even though you are well below tree line for most of the way.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:3800 ft / 1158 m
    Round-Trip Distance:12 mi / 19.3 km
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Stream Ford
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:3800 ft / 1158 m
    Distance:6 mi / 9.7 km
    Route:Deer Creek Trail
    Start Trailhead:Columbine Canyon Campground  7900 ft / 2407 m
Descent Statistics
    Distance:6 mi / 9.7 km

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