Ascent of Gold Hill on 2014-10-19
|Date:||Sunday, October 19, 2014|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Motorized Transport to Trailhead:||Car|
| Location:||USA-New Mexico|
| Elevation:||12716 ft / 3875 m|
Ascent Trip ReportWhile 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.
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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