Ascent to Elephant Rock-shady spot on trail on 2013-08-14

Climber: Richard Oestreicher

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Wednesday, August 14, 2013
Ascent Type:Unsuccessful - Turned Back
Point Reached:Elephant Rock - shady spot on trail
    Location:USA-New Mexico
    Elevation:9650 ft / 2941 m
    Remaining Elevation:906 ft / 276 m (48% left to go)

Ascent Trip Report

For my second unsuccessful attempt of the day on Elephant Rock, I headed up the right trail this time. (At least I now know where to go for my next effort). The trail starts just above the Red River water treatment buildings. At my parking spot my GPS suggested it was only about a mile and quarter to Elephant Rock, but the trail meanders westward along the slope just above the highway for more than a mile before it actually starts up, and then it winds slowly through many switchbacks. I had already done 2.7 mi. and close to 1000 feet of elevation gain on an unsuccessful ascent today, and I had gotten a late start. After 2.6 mi. on this trail I was still about 900 feet below the top and probably quite a bit more than a mile away and it was after 4 PM. I was due home for dinner in Taos by 6, so I turned around. At least I know the route for next time.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1049 ft / 319 m
    Total Elevation Loss:177 ft / 53 m
    Round-Trip Distance:5.1 mi / 8.2 km
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
    Weather:Hot, Partly Cloudy
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:976 ft / 297 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 872 ft / 266 m; Extra: 104 ft / 31m
    Loss on way in:104 ft / 31 m
    Distance:2.6 mi / 4.2 km
    Start Trailhead:8778 ft / 2675 m
    Time:1 Hours 25 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:73 ft / 22 m
    Gain on way out:73 ft / 22 m
    Distance:2.5 mi / 4 km
    Time:1 Hours 

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