Ascent of Elephant Rock on 2012-08-01

Climber: Richard Oestreicher

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Wednesday, August 1, 2012
Ascent Type:Unsuccessful - Turned Back
Peak:Elephant Rock
    Location:USA-New Mexico
    Elevation:9729 ft / 2965 m

Ascent Trip Report

Off FR597, shortly after the intersection of 597 with FR 134, I took a track south. A short ways in there's a Forest Service "no ATV's" sign. So I parked my Jeep (not quite an all terrain vehicle) about 150 yards in. One of my maps shows a track heading up to a trail connecting Elephant Rock with Sawmill Mountain. I hoped this was it. It wasn't. After about 0.4 mi. the track hits a wide stream bed. I followed this uphill to a nearly sheer rock face and narrow nearly vertical chute for the stream. I tried bushwhacking up the very steep hill just to the left of the chute, but gave up after a few minutes. I'll come back anther day and look for a better route.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:544 ft / 165 m
    Total Elevation Loss:9 ft / 2 m
    Round-Trip Distance:1.6 mi / 2.6 km
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Bushwhack
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:535 ft / 163 m
    Distance:0.8 mi / 1.3 km
    Start Trailhead:9194 ft / 2802 m
    Time:41 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:9 ft / 2 m
    Gain on way out:9 ft / 2 m
    Distance:0.8 mi / 1.3 km
    Time:23 Minutes

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