Ascent of Buck Mountain on 2016-04-23

Climber: Brad Repass

Others in Party:Jenny J.
Date:Saturday, April 23, 2016
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Buck Mountain
    Location:USA-New Mexico
    Elevation:10769 ft / 3282 m

Ascent Trip Report

After the morning misadventures on Nogal Peak headed to Buck Mountain to try and salvage something doable in afternoon hike. From Nogal Highway 37 toward Ruidosa, take Highway 48 south and take right at Alto onto highway 232 - like you are going to Ski Apache. 12 mile curvy road and at about mile 11 you will see dirt road and locked gate to Buck Mountain to right. Signage is confusing because about 75 yards past the dirt road there is a sign to nowhere indicating Buck Mountain to right. Anyway , dirt road in excellent condition. About .5 miles into it you can see the top and just to left of boulder field you can literally bushwhack right up to top - pretty steep but looked like good grassy terrain. With my Sis who was on her second climbing trip and she wanted to just take the long winding road up which was fine. Long winding switch backs with very slight grade. Made it up easily. Very proud of my Sis. 10789 feet on second day of climbing.

4-5 telecommunications towers at top but aside from that just some great views of Sierra Blanca and every direction. Bush whacked a little on way down but mainly road. Get to truck and we are ready to go to town and get steak dinner. Then notice flat tire. Go to fix flat and the $1.95 jacks we have these days collapses- irreparable. Call AAA and a mere 3 hours and 50 minutes later a guy arrives and by the time we get to the town below there are no steaks to be had - but I will never say anything bad about McDonalds - best tasting meal I have had in a while. Arrive back in Roswell 1 a.m. Full day.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:765 ft / 233 m
    Total Elevation Loss:765 ft / 233 m
    Round-Trip Distance:5.1 mi / 8.2 km
    Quality:4 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Bushwhack
    Weather:Cool, Very Windy, Partly Cloudy
61 degrees at summit- gusts to 50 mph
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:765 ft / 233 m
    Distance:2.7 mi / 4.3 km
    Route:dirt service raod
    Start Trailhead:Verizon Locked gate   10004 ft / 3049 m
    Time:1 Hours 40 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:765 ft / 233 m
    Distance:2.4 mi / 3.9 km
    Route:Some bush whack dirt servive road
    End Trailhead:Verizon Locked gate  10004 ft / 3049 m
    Time:55 Minutes

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