Ascent of Polvadera Peak on 2012-07-19

Climber: Phil Robinson

Others in Party:My dog Daisy.
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Thursday, July 19, 2012
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Polvadera Peak
    Location:USA-New Mexico
    Elevation:11232 ft / 3423 m

Ascent Trip Report

I left the house at 4:45 AM, on July 19, 2012, with my dog Daisy, and headed north to hike Polvadera Peak, in the Jemez Mountains. The peak has an elevation of 11,232 feet. I drove to the town of Espanola, New Mexico and headed north on highway 84/285. Just north of Fairview road I turned west on forest road 144 and drove 27 miles, for about an hour, on a fairly well maintained dirt road. I hiked Chicoma Mountain in the same area at the end of May and knew that I did not need my 4WD, so I took my other car. It was a little difficult in a few places because of rain washout and it might be a good idea to have 4WD. I parked at the closest point on the road from the peak. My GPS said 2.5 miles as the crow flies. I started hiking at 7:45 AM at an elevation of about 10,800 feet. Because it rained yesterday, it was a crisp fresh morning, pleasantly cool. I headed through the woods and crossed a small boulder field. I gained elevation of only about 125 feet and then started a descent. I bushwhacked, crossed meadows then found a trail. Someone is really maintaining this hidden trail because there were hundreds of cut logs to clear the trail and culverts dug to keep water flow off the trail. It was a very nice descent. I reached a saddle at the bottom, elevation of 10,440 feet. There was a pretty meadow at the saddle. I started up the final push to the peak. I went through meadows, crossed many logs, and a few boulders. On the way up the final hill I saw a male elk with full horns running through the woods. It took me 1 hour and 35 minutes to hike the peak and the distance was 3.1 miles. I took some pictures and stayed around for a little over a half hour then started back. By now the clear morning was half covered with clouds. I took pretty much the same path that I took coming up, with some variations, and ended up back at the car 4 hours after I started. The total mileage for the trip was 6.4 miles. I had about a 3 hour car ride back and ended up home at 2:45 PM.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1402 ft / 426 m
    Total Elevation Loss:970 ft / 294 m
    Round-Trip Distance:6.4 mi / 10.3 km
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Bushwhack
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:917 ft / 279 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 432 ft / 132 m; Extra: 485 ft / 147m
    Loss on way in:485 ft / 147 m
    Distance:3.1 mi / 5 km
    Route:Forest Road 144 then hiked north to the peak
    Start Trailhead:10800 ft / 3291 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:485 ft / 147 m
    Gain on way out:485 ft / 147 m
    Distance:3.3 mi / 5.3 km
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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