Ascent of Peak 11276 on 2013-05-29

Climber: Richard Oestreicher

Date:Wednesday, May 29, 2013
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Peak 11276
    Location:USA-New Mexico
    Elevation:11276 ft / 3436 m

Ascent Trip Report

I did three peaks in one afternoon (11276, 10500, and Cerro Olla) off FR 76. FR 76 runs along a stream up Duran Canyon with campsites for the first several miles. The Forest Service maintains the road in excellent shape for almost 10 miles in from the highway—probably to make it easily accessible to campers. After that road quality deteriorates quite dramatically. I continued on the rough section about a half mile to an intersection where FR 76 veers left and I went right. At that point 11276 is about a half mile ahead. Almost immediately there is another intersection. Right heads toward 10500 (see below). I went left winding around the mountain to a spot that is still 0.4 mi. away from the hp coordinates but several hundred feet higher where a 2 ½ foot snow drift halted me. When the snow is melted you could continue driving the road to within 500 feet of the hp coordinates. I did the nice short walk.

Back down the road I then took what had been the right fork earlier. It heads up over the flank of 11276 and around the south end. You will see 10500 as a prominent knob off to the right. As you near it, the roads narrows almost to an ATV track. Another short logging track off to the right left me at a clearing with a lumbering path off to the left. I parked there. The path became hard to follow amidst downed trees and undergrowth after a few hundred feet, although I criss-crossed remnants for a while. The last small push up the knob is quite steep with downed trees to cross (on the descent I avoided some of them by veering off a straight line course). Wooded top but some views toward the south edge.

Cerro Olla: back to FR 76 and back to the spot where the road quality changes. A road—not much better than an ATV track--heads off to the right towards the peak (about 2 mi. away by GPS). This whole area is crisscrossed by ATV and abandoned lumbering tracks. The topo map shows some of this but is only of marginal value because it doesn’t correspond to what you will actually find. I headed up and then took a right on one of the tracks that headed towards the peak. It petered out at between 10,800 and 10,900, where I parked and started walking. I later ran into a better quality road section which I followed for a while. Perhaps the road I turned off veers back around. At slightly over 11, 400 I bushwhacked up the slope more or less on GPS heading. Steep, but footing not too bad. The top is wooded. Hard to find the right spot without GPS.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:243 ft / 73 m
    Total Elevation Loss:57 ft / 16 m
    Round-Trip Distance:1.1 mi / 1.7 km
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Bushwhack
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:231 ft / 70 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 186 ft / 56 m; Extra: 45 ft / 13m
    Loss on way in:45 ft / 13 m
    Distance:0.6 mi / 0.9 km
    Route:road and bushwhack
    Start Trailhead:11090 ft / 3380 m
    Time:17 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:12 ft / 3 m
    Gain on way out:12 ft / 3 m
    Distance:0.5 mi / 0.8 km
    Time:12 Minutes

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