Ascent of The Thumb on 2017-04-24

Climber: Fred Brown

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Monday, April 24, 2017
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:The Thumb
    Location:USA-New Mexico
    Elevation:10107 ft / 3080 m

Ascent Trip Report

I decided to hike up the La Luz trail to the upper Sandia tram terminal so I could catch a ride back to the bottom using the tram. Enroute I decided to hike up The Thumb. On the eighth segment of the upper La Luz switchbacks I left the trail and made my way up the talus field to the saddle between The Thumb and the Trident. I picked up a user trail in the trees which took me up to the saddle. To access the top its necessary to scramble up and over a low area of the rock ridge the forms the spine of the saddle. Once over this ridge I saw a cairn so knew I was on the right track. From that point its a scramble over a large rock area which funnels to a narrow ledge with exposure which is the crux of the scramble. Once beyond that its an easy scramble up to the top which is amazingly flat. A cairn marks the HP. There is a log in a small glass jar which needs replacing as its completely full. Some future climber might want to take up a small notebook and plastic container. Also might want to bring up another writing instrument as there's only one small golfer's pencil. On the scramble portion of the climb there are a few cairns at critical points which are helpful in marking the route down.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:3657 ft / 1114 m
    Total Elevation Loss:807 ft / 245 m
    Round-Trip Distance:7 mi / 11.3 km
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Bushwhack, Scramble, Exposed Scramble
    Weather:Cool, Very Windy
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:3607 ft / 1099 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 3557 ft / 1084 m; Extra: 50 ft / 15m
    Loss on way in:50 ft / 15 m
    Distance:6 mi / 9.7 km
    Route:La Luz Tr to Eighth Segment to Thumb User Trail
    Start Trailhead:Sandia Tram Parking Lot  6550 ft / 1996 m
    Time:4 Hours 
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:757 ft / 230 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 707 ft / 215 m; Extra: 50 ft / 15m
    Gain on way out:50 ft / 15 m
    Distance:1 mi / 1.6 km
    Route:Thumb User Trail to 9th Segment
    End Trailhead:La Luz Trail - 9th Segment  9400 ft / 2865 m
    Time:1 Hours 

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