Ascent of Elk Mountain on 2011-08-12

Climber: Richard Oestreicher

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Friday, August 12, 2011
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Elk Mountain
    Location:USA-New Mexico
    Elevation:11661 ft / 3554 m

Ascent Trip Report

From New Mexico 63 I took Forest Road 646 for 14 1/2 miles to just below the peak. I walked the last 150 yards just so It wouldn't be a total drive up. The route seemed more straightforward than some of the previous trip reports suggest; at the various intersections before the final turn just below the peak either one alternative was blocked by a gate or the other choice looked significantly less well-traveled. The only wrinkles were that the Forest Service numbered road signs switched from 646 to 645 part way up, and the condition of the road was a bit rougher than I expected, possibly because of recent rains. Approaching thunderstorms dissuaded me from hiking a bit on the ridge line trail that goes though here.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:46 ft / 14 m
    Round-Trip Distance:0.2 mi / 0.3 km
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike
    Weather:approaching thunderheads
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:46 ft / 14 m
    Distance:0.1 mi / 0.2 km
    Start Trailhead:11615 ft / 3540 m
Descent Statistics
    Distance:0.1 mi / 0.2 km

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