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Ascent of Ute Mountain on 2013-09-24

Climber: Ken Jones

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Tuesday, September 24, 2013
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Hi-Clearance Vehicle
Peak:Ute Mountain
    Location:USA-New Mexico
    Elevation:10093 ft / 3076 m

Ascent Trip Report

Drive:

About 1 mile north of the CO/NM border on CO Hwy 159 zero odometer at County Road B (southbound, there is a sign for BLM Ute Mountain access).

0.0 Jct CO 159/county B
0.7 Keep right
0.9 Stop sign, continue straight
4.5 Pavement ends
5.0 Stop sign, continue straight
5.9 "T" at Road 8, go left
7.0 Turn right on State Line road, signed
7.9 Turn left through fence, BLM sign on NM side, road TP235
Excellent roads to this point, but they deteriorate as you go on. I was there a couple of days after a storm, and there were many mud holes. Later, high clearance is useful.
9.9 Road bends to west (right)
11.0 Pass solar arrays
11.4 Turn left on lesser road
11.6 Take left fork
11.8 Large grassy parking area - stop here
The road turns left at the parking, but rapidly degrades. A serious 4WD vehicle might be able to go another 1/3-mile or so.

Hike:

I followed the degraded road to its end at about 8100' (see GPS track). Above there, I was not able to follow any "use trail" from earlier reports, but I tied together a lot of animal trails which occasionally had small cairns to indicate that someone else had been that way before. On top, be sure you go far enough south to get the actual summit. The whole area is pretty flat up there, and wooded. I might have stopped too soon without my GPS. Use GPS or compass, and backsight to mountains on the horizon, to make sure you can find your way back down.

Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2443 ft / 744 m
    Route:Old road, animal trails, x-c
    Trailhead:Ute Mtn parking  7650 ft / 2331 m
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip


 GPS Waypoints - Hover or click to see name and lat/long
Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Ken Jones
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Note: GPS Tracks may not be accurate, and may not show the best route. Do not follow this route blindly. Conditions change frequently. Use of a GPS unit in the outdoors, even with a pre-loaded track, is no substitute for experience and good judgment. Peakbagger.com accepts NO responsibility or liability from use of this data.

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