Ascent of Baldy Mountain on 2017-09-03

Climber: Fred Brown

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Sunday, September 3, 2017
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Hi-Clearance Vehicle
Peak:Baldy Mountain
    Location:USA-New Mexico
    Elevation:12441 ft / 3792 m

Ascent Trip Report

If accessing Baldy Mountain from Green Mountain then a valid New Mexico hunting, fishing license or GAIN pass is required since the mountain falls within the Colin Neblett WMA. A valid Cimarron State Park entrance permit ($5) is also acceptable. See Colin Neblett WMA pdf for details:

Turned off US-64 onto a dirt road then took the right fork, entering the signed Colin-Neblett WMA. The road rises rapidly and the first half mile is rutted and rough but it smooths out. Never needed 4WD. Stayed on this road for 4.4 miles to the unmarked Touch-Me-Not Trailhead near a telephone pole. TH offers plenty of parking due to it starting on a parallel road.

Two other vehicles there due to bow hunting season. One hunter told me I wasn't supposed to be there as the area is off-limits to all except bow hunters. I told him no posted signs state that and ignored him. I've since learned the hunter is correct due to recent rule changes that have not been posted. New signs are to be posted on the access road in the near future.

The unmarked Touch-Me-Not TH starts on an unused road heading north. Cairns are present. The road ends just under a mile in and turns to a constructed trail that receives little maintenance. Cairns continue to mark the trail to the top of Touch-Me-Not. Beyond that few cairns. The trail between Touch-Me-Not and Baldy Mtn is a hodge podge of game trails, occasional cairns, open country and old four-wheel drive roads. Having the GPX track is desirable as Phil Robinson's track does a great job in sticking to existing trails and open areas easing travel. Summit log on Baldy Mtn in a metal pipe. Hike to Baldy Mtn from the TH is 12.2 miles RT.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2297 ft / 699 m
    Extra Gain:950 ft / 289 m
    Round-Trip Distance:8.2 mi / 13.2 km
    Trailhead:Touch-Me-Not Mtn  12044 ft / 3671 m
    Route Conditions:
Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Bushwhack
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Pleasant, Breezy, Partly Cloudy
Hike started out clear, cool with light winds but on the return thunderstorms struck with hail forci
Ascent Statistics
    Time:2 Hours 7 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time:2 Hours 
Ascent Part of Trip: Baldy Mtn Via TMN

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Touch-Me-Not Mountain2017-09-03 a1439 ft / 439 m
2Baldy Mountain2017-09-03 b2297 ft / 700 m
3Touch-Me-Not Mountain2017-09-03 c1095 ft / 334 m
Total Trip Gain: 4831 ft / 1473 m    Total Trip Loss: 5228 ft / 1593 m

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