Ascent of Gold Hill on 2020-10-04
|Others in Party:||Christina Anthony |
|Date:||Sunday, October 4, 2020|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Motorized Transport to Trailhead:||Car|
| Location:||USA-New Mexico|
| Elevation:||12716 ft / 3875 m|
Ascent Trip ReportRound 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:||Animal/Pet|
| Weather:||Pleasant, Windy, Clear|
| 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|
| 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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