Ascent of Gold Hill on 2014-10-19

Climber: Andrew Oxford

Date:Sunday, October 19, 2014
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Gold Hill
    Location:USA-New Mexico
    Elevation:12716 ft / 3875 m

Ascent Trip Report

While nearby Wheeler Peak draws a crowd on clear days, I rarely see anyone on top of Gold Hill.
I left my car in the northwest corner of the Taos Ski Valley parking lot and started up Wheeler Peak trail (#90). The first part of this route is the steepest but it's popular, shaded and well-defined. The route crosses a creek and can be slick. I continued up to Bull of the Woods meadow approximately 2.25 miles from the trailhead and turned left up Gold Hill Trail (#64). The single-track trail is clear up to the summit. I passed the timberline as well as the remains of an old mining cabin and continued to the intersection with Long Canyon Trail (#63). I headed up to the saddle and kept right. At some point, I probably turned around and wondered why no one else was on the trail. The last part of this hike offers a perfect view of Wheeler Peak and Taos Ski Valley. Latir Peak, Questa, the molybdenum mine and the Rio Grande gorge are all visible from the summit. On the way down, I took Long Canyon back to Bull of the Woods trail and Taos Ski Valley.
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View of Wheeler Peak from Gold Hill (2014-10-19). Photo by Andrew Oxford.
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Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:3516 ft / 1071 m
    Trailhead:Bull of the Woods trailhead  9200 ft / 2804 m
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
    Weather:Cool, Calm, Partly Cloudy

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