Ascent of Timber Mountain on 2018-03-30
|Other People:||Solo Ascent|
Only Party on Mountain
|Date:||Friday, March 30, 2018|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Motorized Transport to Trailhead:||4x4 Vehicle|
| Location:||USA-New Mexico|
| Elevation:||7565 ft / 2305 m|
Ascent Trip ReportAlways 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|
| 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|
| 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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