Ascent of Dry Bluff Southeast on 2002-05-30

Climber: Scott Surgent

Date:Thursday, May 30, 2002
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Dry Bluff Southeast
    Elevation:5260 ft / 1603 m

Ascent Trip Report

After my highpoint hike in Bent County, I drove to the city of La Junta for drinks and gas, then a series of local routes to get on US-350, aiming for the highest point(s) in Otero County, also located in its southwest corner atop the bluffs lining Timpas Creek.

I left the highway at an abandoned railroad siding called Bloom, where I followed a dirt road in a mile, fording a creek with cattle standing in it. Then, I followed a lesser two-track road across the grasslands. I passed through a gate, then slowly made my way toward a reservoir, parking at another gate, with the bluffs now in view. The total mileage from the main highway was about 7 miles.

I hopped the gate and started hiking cross country through open juniper, then out into a meadow, hiking northwest toward the bluffs. I reached the first area after a quick hike up a slope where a small cairn at the fence line "marked" the highpoint. Hiking back, I chose to stay on top the bluffs and hike across three more highpoint areas before descending down into the valley and following a road back to my truck. I ignored one lone eastern area that looked lower to me. The weather was getting hot by now, into the 90s. The hike was about three miles, taking an hour with a total of 300 feet of gain. It was now noon.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:200 ft / 60 m
    Round-Trip Distance:3 mi / 4.8 km
    Trailhead:5060 ft / 1542 m
    Route Conditions:
Unmaintained Trail, Open Country

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