Ascent of Van Diest Peak on 2012-07-25

Climber: Richard Oestreicher

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Wednesday, July 25, 2012
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Van Diest Peak
    Location:USA-New Mexico
    Elevation:11223 ft / 3420 m

Ascent Trip Report

I took FR 134 to the turnoff for the Midnight MIne, and continued past the mine. At an intersection in a mile or, so bear left and follow it to the barrier at the end. About 200 yards down the hill I ran into the remnants of the Edison Mine--more left than at the Midnight Mine, worth a stop. My GPS map showed an abandoned forest road ascending the ridge to the peak. I followed the road by the creek for a few hundred yards, but it became clear this was not the right road, so then I took an abandoned track uphill to the left. Also not what i wanted, so I bushwhacked up to the road. It hits the fence line for the Valle Vidal and then follows the fence up to the peak. On the way back I followed the road most of the way except a steep downhill bushwhack near the end where the road was obstructed by many downed trees.

Nice views along the ridgeline and at the top, although I didn't dawdle because it started to rain.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1338 ft / 406 m
    Total Elevation Loss:593 ft / 179 m
    Round-Trip Distance:6 mi / 9.6 km
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Bushwhack
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:1056 ft / 321 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 745 ft / 227 m; Extra: 311 ft / 94m
    Loss on way in:311 ft / 94 m
    Distance:3.5 mi / 5.6 km
    Start Trailhead:10478 ft / 3193 m
    Time:1 Hours 35 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:282 ft / 85 m
    Gain on way out:282 ft / 85 m
    Distance:2.5 mi / 4 km
    Time:1 Hours 

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