Ascent of Cerro Grande on 2016-07-26

Climber: Richard Oestreicher

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Tuesday, July 26, 2016
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Cerro Grande
    Location:USA-New Mexico
    Elevation:10160 ft / 3096 m

Ascent Trip Report

Well-marked trailhead parking on Rt. 4 easy to find. Trail also well-marked with metal yellow trail markers 2/3 of the way and well maintained--no downed trees to hop over. Much of the route is fairly open offering views both because of meadows and the lingering effect of fire damage (but route would be pretty sunny on a hot day). Only about 100 feet elevation gain over the first half mile, then gradually steeper with about 550 feet elevation gain in the last 3/4 of a mile. Panoramic views of the Valle Caldera, canyons in the Bandolier and south to Sandia Crest. It feels like you are higher than you actually are. A very enjoyable hike with only moderate climb overall--you usually have to work harder for views like this.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1259 ft / 383 m
    Total Elevation Loss:49 ft / 14 m
    Round-Trip Distance:4.5 mi / 7.2 km
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
    Weather:Pleasant, Partly Cloudy
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:1232 ft / 375 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 1210 ft / 369 m; Extra: 22 ft / 6m
    Loss on way in:22 ft / 6 m
    Distance:2.3 mi / 3.7 km
    Route:marked trail
    Start Trailhead:TH parking rt. 4  8950 ft / 2727 m
    Time:1 Hours 12 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:27 ft / 8 m
    Gain on way out:27 ft / 8 m
    Distance:2.2 mi / 3.5 km
    Time:46 Minutes

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