Ascent of Placer Mountain on 2012-05-19

Climber: Ken Jones

Others in Party:Karen Jones
many others
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Saturday, May 19, 2012
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:4x4 Vehicle
Peak:Placer Mountain
    Location:USA-New Mexico
    Elevation:8897 ft / 2711 m

Ascent Trip Report

Placer Mountain is on the Ortiz Mountains Educational Preserve, owned by the Santa Fe Botanical Garden. Access is permitted only on guided hikes, which are offered approximately four times a year (spring and fall). These hikes are free, with a suggested donation of $5 per person. They tend to fill up, so early sign-up is recommended.

Refer to the web site at for upcoming dates. There are two versions of the hike - one uses 4WD vehicles to drive to the Old Ortiz Mine area and is listed as a 4-mile hike, the other walks the approach road and is listed as an 8-mile hike.

The "4-mile" hike we were on had 22 hikers plus two SFBG volunteers to lead. The pace was fairly leisurely, especially with regard to long breaks.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1617 ft / 492 m
    Extra Gain:80 ft / 24 m
    Round-Trip Distance:3.3 mi / 5.3 km
    Route:Placer Peak trail
    Trailhead:Old Ortiz Mine parking area  7440 ft / 2267 m
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Ken Jones
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