Ascent of Lookout Mountain on 2011-10-06

Climber: Eric Kassan

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Thursday, October 6, 2011
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Lookout Mountain
    Location:USA-New Mexico
    Elevation:11580 ft / 3529 m

Ascent Trip Report

The trail to the summit of Lookout Mountain is a decently maintained trail, but one does need to be aware of the routes - there are several trail intersections that are not well marked (other than by trail #, and the # changes from 15 to 25 to 78a). The trail becomes difficult to follow above about 11,000', but fortunately the route is easy to see at that point.

Other than the final 100' or so, this hike is fairly protected against winds, but if your destination is Sierra Blanca Peak (as mine was), be warned that the wind (if heavy) can be brutal beyond the pass between Lookout Mountain and Sierra Blanca Peak- it was enough to turn me back.

I descended the drainage east of Lookout Mountain and found it easy going, but it may be a little loose to ascend.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1890 ft / 575 m
    Total Elevation Loss:1890 ft / 575 m
    Round-Trip Distance:6 mi / 9.6 km
    Quality:1 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:1840 ft / 560 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 1740 ft / 530 m; Extra: 100 ft / 30m
    Loss on way in:100 ft / 30 m
    Distance:3.5 mi / 5.6 km
    Route:Lookout Mtn Trail
    Start Trailhead:Lookout Mtn Trailhead  9840 ft / 2999 m
    Time:1 Hours 45 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:1790 ft / 545 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 1740 ft / 530 m; Extra: 50 ft / 15m
    Gain on way out:50 ft / 15 m
    Distance:2.5 mi / 4 km
    Route:Drainage east of Lookout Mtn.
    End Trailhead:Lookout Mtn Trailhead  9840 ft / 2999 m
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Eric Kassan
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