Ascent of Gold Hill on 2020-10-04

Climber: Rob Anthony

Others in Party:Christina Anthony
Date:Sunday, October 4, 2020
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Gold Hill
    Location:USA-New Mexico
    Elevation:12716 ft / 3875 m

Ascent Trip Report

Round 2 on Gold Hill.

Got up early (like 5 am) and drove the High Road to Taos in the wagon. Nice drive, was lots of fun especially with the fall leaves turning and noone out on the road.

On the Bull-of-the-Woods Trail (#90) before 9 am and followed it up to Long-Canyon. We'd done this early, 0.8 section of Bull-of-the-Woods last summer when doing Wheeler. Hard left up Longs Canyon - the is a fairly steep trail in the Woods. Christina was not super amused with it. At around 3.5 miles, you pop out onto the crest and the elevation gain backs off a bit. Another mile to the summit.

Great views of the Northern New Mexico ranges. Unfortunately it was windy as heck today and cold. Two earlier hikers had taken the wind break, so we roughed it out and ate lunch in the cold (Christina was not amused by this either).

Back-tracked for a mile and returned via the Gold-Hill Trail and back down the Bull-of-the-Woods.

The Gold Hill Summit is fantastic in good conditions (which I had 2 months earlier). The hike overall is straight forward and not that memorable. Nice to avoid the crowds of Wheeler though...

Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:3346 ft / 1019 m
    Total Elevation Loss:3346 ft / 1019 m
    Round-Trip Distance:10 mi / 16.1 km
    Grade/Class:Class 1
    Quality:4 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
    Gear Used:
    Weather:Pleasant, Windy, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:3266 ft / 995 m
    Distance:4.5 mi / 7.2 km
    Route:Bull-of-the-Woods/Long Canyon
    Start Trailhead:Ski Taos  9450 ft / 2880 m
    Time:2 Hours 37 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:3346 ft / 1019 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 3266 ft / 995 m; Extra: 80 ft / 24m
    Gain on way out:80 ft / 24 m
    Distance:5.5 mi / 8.9 km
    Route:Gold Hill Tr/Bull-of-the-Woods
    End Trailhead:Ski Taos  9450 ft / 2880 m
    Time:2 Hours 31 Minutes

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