Ascent of Lake Fork Peak on 2008-08-24

Climber: Phil Robinson

Others in Party:I went with my son Garret Robinson
Date:Sunday, August 24, 2008
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Lake Fork Peak
    Location:USA-New Mexico
    Elevation:12881 ft / 3926 m

Ascent Trip Report

We started backpacking near the Taos ski area. My son Garret and I hiked 2.6 miles, past Williams Lake. We set up base camp below a beautiful waterfall. The second day we started up the cliff face of Lake Fork Peak. We got about half way up. We felt a little in danger at times, so decided to go back down and around the south side and scramble up. We made it to the top of the beautiful peak. My son and I debated whether to hike Vallecito peak or peak 12,819. We decided to hike Vallecito. The distance was 1.45 as the crow flies, but when we hiked, it took us about 5 hour to get back to the same location. My son was having trouble with his knees. We meet with lots of rain and hail along the hike and were concerned about the lightening on the peaks, but it cleared out well as we went along. Our full hike was 11 hours and 45 minutes and and we hiked about 8.5 miles. We spent the night at our base camp and hiked out the next day.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2620 ft / 798 m
    Route Conditions:
Bushwhack, Scramble, Rock Climb
    Gear Used:
Tent Camp
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:2620 ft / 798 m
    Route:Willams Parking to Williams Lake to Lake Peak
    Start Trailhead:Williams Lake Parking  10261 ft / 3127 m
Descent Statistics
Ascent Part of Trip: Williams Lake Base  (2 nights total away from roads)

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Lake Fork Peak2008-08-24 a2620 ft / 799 m
2Vallecito Mountain2008-08-24 b1907 ft / 581 m
Total Trip Gain: 4527 ft / 1380 m    Total Trip Loss: 1124 ft / 343 m
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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