Ascent of Cuchillo de Fernando on 2012-05-25

Climber: Richard Oestreicher

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Friday, May 25, 2012
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Cuchillo de Fernando
    Location:USA-New Mexico
    Elevation:11395 ft / 3473 m

Ascent Trip Report

The hardest part of this ascent was the drive in from the highway. From NM 434 I took FR76 west (signed San Antonio Church Rd. at the highway, but there's a FR76 sign shortly thereafter). The first stretch, a little more than a mile to the national forest boundary, is fine. Thereafter it's rocky, rutted and slow. At about 5 1/2 miles from the forest boundary I took FR153 another 2.4 miles to a wide spot in the road near an abandoned logging track heading upward. The slightly over 9 mi. from the highway took me about an hour.

My GPS put the distance from my parking spot to the hp coordinates at 0.5 mi. On the way up I used pieces of the many abandoned logging tracks, cutting down on the bushwhack over fallen trees but lengthening the hike. On the way down i bushwhacked more or less on my GPS bearing. The top is mostly wooded but offers some views and there are excellent views on the way up. A cairn contained a jar with a sigh-in log that included several names I recognize from Peakbagger and LOJ.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:670 ft / 204 m
    Round-Trip Distance:1.8 mi / 2.9 km
    Route Conditions:
Unmaintained Trail, Bushwhack
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Very Windy
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:670 ft / 204 m
    Distance:1.1 mi / 1.8 km
    Route:logging tracks and bushwhack
    Start Trailhead:FR 153  10725 ft / 3268 m
    Time:34 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Distance:0.7 mi / 1.1 km
    Time:24 Minutes

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