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Ascent of West Blue Mountain on 2015-10-28

Climber: Ken Jones

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Wednesday, October 28, 2015
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:4x4 Vehicle
Peak:West Blue Mountain
    Location:USA-New Mexico
    Elevation:10336 ft / 3150 m

Ascent Trip Report

I used streeyyr's Summitpost page for this peak. Note that the spur road he refers to as Road 69 is actually Road 478B, but it is signed as leading to Trail 69.

There was a bit of a washout on the West Red Canyon road just before the turnoff; I used 4WD to get past it. I would guess that it will be repaired in the future, but I don't know when. The spur road (478B) is gated lower than shown on the topo, at about 7300'.

The trail is sketchy in many spots, but I followed it to near the summit. As far as I could tell, the spur up West Blue Peak itself is pretty much gone; I had to brush-bash a bit.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:3436 ft / 1046 m
    Extra Gain:200 ft / 60 m
    Route:trails, x-c
    Trailhead:End of road 478B  7300 ft / 2225 m
Ascent Statistics
    Time:4 Hours 45 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time:3 Hours 49 Minutes



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