Ascent of Gold Hill on 2003-07-18

Climber: Phil Robinson

Others in Party:Went to top with my daughter Lauren and my son's dog Sam.
Date:Friday, July 18, 2003
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Gold Hill
    Location:USA-New Mexico
    Elevation:12716 ft / 3875 m

Ascent Trip Report

Thursday morning early, July 18, 2003, my wife and I and my 4 daughters headed to the Red River, New Mexico area to camp at Goose Lake then later hike Gold Hill. May 30, 2003 I was married to Linda and I am the new father of the 4 girls. Their physical father is no longer living. Last year, though we had separate tents, we camped 5 nights at Holy Ghost campground at the edge of the Pecos Wilderness. Five nights was too much for Linda so we are staying 2. When we got to Red River we headed east, past town, until we got to a sign that said Goose Lake and then turned right. Immediately you have to cross the river in water up to the door. You must have a 4WD vehicle! It is almost 8 miles of tough, tough road. This is the first time we have taken the 1992 Toyota Land Cruiser and the road was so tough with boulders I felt like I was in a dream and driving where a car should not go. It took an hour on the dirt and boulder road to reach the lake. It did not give our vehicle any problems. We were the only ones at the lake and we camped in one big tent right by the lake so they could wade. Goose Lake is a high alpine lake with an elevation of 11,550. We had a great dinner and campfire that evening. We also brought along my son’s dog Sam. He is a mixed basset hound. He gave us some entertainment by chasing a squirrel full speed while tied to a leash. When his head stopped, his feet kept going until they were way past his head. The next morning we got up, ate breakfast and all of us climbed to about 12,000 feet on the south ridge. We saw lots of marmots and when Sam chased one it whistled, and then another whistled in another location, then another etc…. Sam just stood looking confused. Their safety system worked well. At the ridge, only my oldest daughter wanted to go on to Gold Hill. The twins, age 6, the middle, age 8 and my wife went down. Lauren, age 10, and the dog and I headed up. It is about 1.5 mile from the lake. When we got to the top we enjoyed beautiful views in every direction and then headed down the same way we came. We hiked 3 miles round trip. We got back to camp, had a nice dinner and campfire, with Lauren imitating Earnest T. Bass, from the Andy Griffin show, while holding a latrine. The next morning, Saturday, we got packed up and headed back to town. This trip is the restart of my peak bagging.

The GPS track was drawn at a later time, but shows where we hiked.

Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1216 ft / 370 m
    Round-Trip Distance:3.4 mi / 5.5 km
    Route Conditions:
Open Country, Bushwhack, Scramble
    Gear Used:
Tent Camp
    Nights Spent:2 nights away from roads
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:1216 ft / 370 m
    Distance:1.7 mi / 2.7 km
    Route:Goose Lake to South Ridge
    Start Trailhead:11500 ft / 3505 m
Descent Statistics
    Distance:1.7 mi / 2.7 km
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Phil Robinson
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