Ascent of Aspen Peak on 2011-10-07

Climber: Phil Robinson

Others in Party:My daughter Christina and dog Daisy.
Date:Friday, October 7, 2011
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Aspen Peak
    Location:USA-New Mexico
    Elevation:11109 ft / 3386 m

Ascent Trip Report

On Friday morning, October 7, 2011, my daughter Christina and I and our dog Daisy left the house at 5:40 to head to Aspen Basin to hike Aspen Peak north of Santa Fe, New Mexico. As we were driving up the aspen trees were in all their golden glory. It was a beautiful drive! We arrived after about 2 hours and parked below the Santa Fe Ski parking area. It was a very chilly cloud covered morning with temperatures in the upper 30’s. We put on our jackets and began to hike the Winsor Trail. Our starting elevation was 10,250. At the lower elevations the aspens were in full color, but at higher elevations most of the leaves had fallen. Still there were many beautiful aspens that had not dropped their leaves. As we hiked the ground looked like it was covered in golden coins from the fallen aspen leaves. We followed the Winsor Trail north until we arrived at the saddle and the beginning of the Pecos Wilderness. From this point on we bushwhacked it west straight up the hill. All the ground was golden. It was a beautiful hike. We arrived at the top after a 1 hour hike and 1.3 miles. This was Christina’s 7th peak. The top was all white aspen bark trees. There was a very slight dusting of snow on the ground and a few flakes were falling around us. This is one of the few peaks that I have hiked that there was not a spectacular view. If the clouds were not all over we might have gotten a little view through the trees. We hiked down the same way we came, but near the bottom we decided to hike down a little further to a pretty little stream. As you looked high on the mountainside, on some nearby slopes, you could see a snowline. We arrived back at the car after hiking 3.1 miles. It took 2 hours and 10 minutes to do the hike. On the way down we stopped and took some pictures of the colorful aspens. This pretty much finishes my 2011 year of hiking. Snow comes early in the high elevations and I am not much interested in hiking in snow. I have done all the 13k peaks and was beginning to run out of 12K peaks. I have 15 more to do. This is the first year that I have started hiking 11K peaks, doing 11 of them, 9 for the first time. I hiked/backpacked 84.5 miles this year and did 17 peaks, 6 of them 12K peaks.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:859 ft / 261 m
    Round-Trip Distance:3.1 mi / 5 km
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Bushwhack
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:859 ft / 261 m
    Distance:1.3 mi / 2.1 km
    Route:Lower Santa Fe Ski area parking up Winsor Trail
    Start Trailhead:10250 ft / 3124 m
Descent Statistics
    Distance:1.8 mi / 2.9 km
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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