Ascent of Peak 10848 on 2013-05-24

Climber: Richard Oestreicher

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Friday, May 24, 2013
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Peak 10848
    Location:USA-New Mexico
    Elevation:10848 ft / 3306 m

Ascent Trip Report

Except for a quarter mile bushwhack up the final ridge, this is a relatively easy hike. The top is wooded and does not offer views, but much of the trip up offered magnificent views of all the high peaks in the area--Wheeler wilderness, Latir Peaks, Costilla Peaks, Baldy, all still snow covered.

A rough 4wd forest road starts right next to the volunteer fd building about a mile or two from the end of the paved road from Red River to the east side Wheeler Peak trailheads. I drove 0.4 mi. up and parked at a wide spot. It would be possible to drive another half mile if you have the right vehicle and the daring for rough forest roads. I walked it because I'm using my spring hikes as conditioning for some planned summer Colorado adventures. About a half mile from my parking spot the road intersects a better forest road, and then continues shortly to a locked gate. It is posted. If you're nervous about that, the owner's phone number is on the sign. But since I was only crossing a quarter mile corner of the property before once again reaching national forest land, I assumed it wasn't a grievous sin to continue. A road winds through the corner of the ranch and then continues to wind through the national forest with many twists and turns to just under 10,400. It is on this road that clearings and wide gaps in the trees offer views. As the road starts to head down, another abandoned forest track heads off to the right towards the hp. It peters out in an eighth of a mile at roughly 10470. From there it's a steep bushwhack up to around 10,800. Quite a few fallen trees but not too bad. Both the debris underfoot and the slope ease considerably as you near the top. There are two bumps on top. The farthest is about 1000 feet ahead, the first about half that distance. I got higher GPS elevation readings at the closer of these two bumps, and I'd guess that it is the high point, but there are enough trees on top that you can't sight between the two to say for sure. Enjoyed a pleasant lunch before heading down.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1349 ft / 410 m
    Total Elevation Loss:61 ft / 17 m
    Round-Trip Distance:4.4 mi / 7.1 km
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Bushwhack
    Weather:Windy, Clear
clear but dust in air
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:1320 ft / 402 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 1288 ft / 393 m; Extra: 32 ft / 9m
    Loss on way in:32 ft / 9 m
    Distance:2.2 mi / 3.5 km
    Start Trailhead:9560 ft / 2913 m
    Time:1 Hours 20 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:29 ft / 8 m
    Gain on way out:29 ft / 8 m
    Distance:2.2 mi / 3.5 km
    Time:57 Minutes

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