Ascent of Timber Mountain on 2018-03-30

Climber: Richard Hensley

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Friday, March 30, 2018
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:4x4 Vehicle
Peak:Timber Mountain
    Location:USA-New Mexico
    Elevation:7565 ft / 2305 m

Ascent Trip Report

Always wanting to Earl-ize a near drive-up like this, I parked in a pullout at a curve at around 6300msl. It was the last good place to pull off, below where I wanted to leave the road, to satisfy another goal on these: to use older routes that kept me off the driven road as much as possible.

I walked up the road about 0.2mi, then started up what looked like an old pack trail, though it could have been cleared when the nearby powerline was put in. After a quick right turn on another disused road led me back to the current road, I returned and started straight up the ridge. Couldn't help but believe the lightly packed dirt I was seeing was caused by something other than the animal leaving brightly seeded droppings (didn't look like bear scat).

At 6800msl, I briefly touched the current road before diverging left up what was definitely an old roadbed. There was again the slight look of a foottrail, and again the unknown animal scat. When I joined the new road at 7050msl, sure enough, there was actually a cairn marking the spot. So apparently others have thought this a good route. It cuts off 2 big switchbacks, and isn't difficult to walk, so I returned the same way.

After the last comm towers, I followed the ridgeline toward the highpoint, going over the hump in between. On return, I went left of the hump, right along the base of a cliff, toward a trail on the next saddle, trying to save unnecessary gain. It must have once been a nice bypass, since the trails on each side are still there, and some agave were once trimmed, but years of tree growth, rockfall, and dirt slides have made it a mess. Better to just go over the top.

Best views are about 90ft west of the summit, where you can sit above a cliff overlooking the Rio Grande Valley, with its reservoirs and wetlands.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1692 ft / 514 m
    Total Elevation Loss:1692 ft / 515 m
    Round-Trip Distance:4.6 mi / 7.4 km
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Scramble
    Weather:clear; viz 100mi; breezy; cool
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:1512 ft / 460 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 1282 ft / 390 m; Extra: 230 ft / 70m
    Loss on way in:230 ft / 70 m
    Distance:2.4 mi / 3.9 km
    Route:see gps track
    Start Trailhead:32.976928,-107.216258  6283 ft / 1915 m
    Time:1 Hours 16 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:1462 ft / 445 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 1282 ft / 390 m; Extra: 180 ft / 54m
    Gain on way out:180 ft / 54 m
    Distance:2.2 mi / 3.5 km
    End Trailhead:32.976928,-107.216258  6283 ft / 1915 m
    Time:1 Hours 4 Minutes
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Richard Hensley
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