Ascent of Cuchillo de Fernando on 2012-05-25
|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 ReportThe 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|
| 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|
| Distance:||0.7 mi / 1.1 km|
| Time:||24 Minutes|
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