Ascent of Ute Mountain on 2017-09-12

Climber: Fred Brown

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Tuesday, September 12, 2017
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Hi-Clearance Vehicle
Peak:Ute Mountain
    Location:USA-New Mexico
    Elevation:10093 ft / 3076 m

Ascent Trip Report

This is my second peak of the day. I drove over from San Antonio Peak which I had done early that morning, going north on US-285 to Antonito, CO, turning right (east) onto E-8th Ave which turns into G Road. Stayed on G Road for sometime, crossing over the Rio Grande, eventually hitting a "T" intersection with 7 Road. Turned right (south) on 7 Road until it encounters 8 Road on the left, then got on 8 Road. Once 8 Road crossed B Road I started using Ken Jones TR instructions which are spot on. Once you turn off State Line Road to TP-235 you enter Rio Grande del North National Monument which marked with a sign on your right. The road to the trailhead is on a marked road although it is rutted and rough in spots.

The hike: Best to have a GPS track for this climb. I followed Ken Jones track which starts off following an old 4WD road then picks up various trails and cairns. Overall a very rocky hike. Since I started the hike mid-day, the hike was warm with little breeze. I thought I'd never get to the high point since its tucked away in the trees atop a rocky outcrop. There is a summit log.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2443 ft / 744 m
    Round-Trip Distance:5.6 mi / 9 km
    Route:Various Trails, Bushwhack
    Trailhead:Trailhead Parking Lot  7650 ft / 2331 m
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Bushwhack
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
Ascent Statistics
    Time:2 Hours 
Descent Statistics
    Time:1 Hours 30 Minutes

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