Ascent of Tolby Peak on 2017-09-25

Climber: Fred Brown

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Monday, September 25, 2017
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Tolby Peak
    Location:USA-New Mexico
    Elevation:11527 ft / 3513 m

Ascent Trip Report

Entered Cimarron State Park from Eagle Nest on US-64. Stopped at Tolby Campground to get a $5 day use permit from the pay station. Continued on about three miles to MM-292, the parking lot for Clear Creek. The trailhead begins 200ft beyond the parking lot. Hiked up the obvious Clear Creek trail. Around 1.9 miles the trail leaves the creek and makes a right turn up the hill. Continued on the trail until I was on the northern ridge for Tolby Peak. Bushwhacked up the mountain over rocky, steep terrain littered with downfall and an occasional rock outcropping. The last half mile or so is especially steep as you approach the summit. Found a small cairn with a baby jar containing a summit log and a 2 inch pencil. Yep - 2 inches. Some future climber may want to take a better container, a log and pencil. Only a few entries in the log since 2015. Headed on to Peak Phillips via the south ridge for 6/10mi losing about 400ft to a very obvious Clear Creek Pack Trail. The trail crosses a saddle between Phillips and Tolby Peaks then heads steadily upward to the summit of Mount Phillips.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:3677 ft / 1120 m
    Total Elevation Loss:327 ft / 99 m
    Round-Trip Distance:4.4 mi / 7 km
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Open Country, Bushwhack
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Cool, Breezy, Partly Cloudy
Cold morning, mid 30s but perfect hiking weather
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:3677 ft / 1120 m
    Distance:3.8 mi / 6.1 km
    Route:Clear Creek Tr/Bushwhack
    Start Trailhead:Clear Creek   7850 ft / 2392 m
    Time:3 Hours 5 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:327 ft / 99 m
    Distance:0.6 mi / 1 km
    Route:Southern Ridge
    End Trailhead:Tolby Peak-Mount Phillips Saddle  11200 ft / 3413 m
    Time:15 Minutes

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