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Ascent of Baldy Cabin Peak on 2011-06-25

Climber: Phil Robinson

Others in Party:My son Garret.
Date:Saturday, June 25, 2011
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Baldy Cabin Peak
    Location:USA-New Mexico
    Elevation:12116 ft / 3692 m

Ascent Trip Report

The original plan was to hike 25 miles on Skyline Ridge in the Pecos Wilderness, camping 2 nights on the ridge, but because of fire restrictions the area was closed. Instead, my son Garret and I decided to hike some peaks near Latir Lakes in the Latir Wilderness in northern New Mexico. The 9 beautiful high alpine Latir Lakes are privately owned by the Rio Costilla Livestock Association (RCLA) and for a fee one may camp on their land. The Latir Wilderness borders RCLA and is on National Forest land. We left 5:30 in the morning on Friday June 26, 2011. We headed to northern New Mexico past Taos to the town of Costilla then headed east until we reached RCLA land. To make it all the way to the lakes requires a 4 wheel drive vehicle. A couple of miles before our camp we saw a bear and as it ran it almost looked like a cartoon animal. There are nine lakes and we stayed at the lake at the end of the road, 6 more lakes were up ahead. We stayed in the exact spot I camped 6 summers ago with my wife and 4 daughters. (The eastern part of the lake where the exit stream and lake meet.) We set up camp, hiked to a large beautiful waterfall on the way to the next lake. Garret fished, only catching small ones and throwing them back. Because of fire restrictions we could not have a campfire so I cooked Cornish game hens, wild rice and mushrooms in a chicken broth over a gas stove in a crock-pot. That evening, not able to have a campfire, we enjoyed looking a citronella candle and later used Garret’s spotting scope to look at some stairs.
The next morning we got up at 8:00, had some coffee and started our hike at 9:15. The elevation of our camp was about 11,150 feet. We crossed the little stream next to our camp and were planning to “burn it” up the hill. To our delight we found an old trail, and even though it was greatly worn it was much better than fighting it up the hill. We made the ridge and headed towards peak 12,165. We arrived there at 10:30 after traveling 1.2 miles. We went back down to the ridge then up to Baldy Cabin Peak, elevation 12,116, arriving there at 11:30 after traveling 2.6 miles. We hiked to the south until we arrive at Baldy Mountain, elevation 12,046, at 12:20 after traveling 3.7 miles. The views were spectacular the entire hike. We hiked back to the ridge and followed the old trail back to camp. We arrived at camp at 2:00 PM, after hiking 4 hours and 45 minutes, hiking a total of 5 and ¾ miles. We took a nap, Garret fished, only catching one that he threw back, and had a wonderful beef fajita dinner. Not able to have a campfire we watched the citronella candle then went to bed. Most of our trip was very windy. The next morning we got up at 6:15, had coffee, packed up and left at 7:45 to return back to the Albuquerque area. Driving back we saw another bear, which I was able to get a great picture of, then we arrived back a little after 12:00.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:456 ft / 138 m
    Route Conditions:
Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Bushwhack
    Gear Used:
Tent Camp
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:456 ft / 138 m
    Route:3rd Latir Lake then up the Northern Slope
    Start Trailhead:Peak 12165 Saddle  11660 ft / 3553 m
Descent Statistics
Ascent Part of Trip: Latir Lakes Base #2 (2 nights total away from roads)

Complete Trip Sequence:
OrderPeak/PointDateGain
1Peak 121652011-06-25 a1015 ft / 309 m
2Baldy Cabin Peak2011-06-25 b456 ft / 139 m
3Baldy Mountain2011-06-25 c268 ft / 82 m
Total Trip Gain: 1739 ft / 530 m
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip


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