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Ascent of Jawbone Mountain East on 2018-06-06

Climber: Phil Robinson

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Wednesday, June 6, 2018
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Jawbone Mountain East
    Location:USA-New Mexico
    Elevation:10601 ft / 3231 m

Ascent Trip Report

If your friends and family will no longer hike with you because you tell them; “A little bushwhacking,” only to find themselves heading nearly straight up 4000 feet beating back bushes all the way, this hike could restore hope and friendships in hiking with you again. I used the “B word” (Bushwhacking) with some family and friends on this hike and they ran like scared rabbits. Most hikes are a little harder than I anticipate, but this hike was easier than anticipated. If you follow my GPS trail, there is no, I repeat, no hard bushwhacking! The slopes are a small workout, but nothing too difficult. The entire area has beautiful green meadows highlighted by open spaces decorated with lush aspen, spruce, fur and wildflowers. You can restore a desire in your family and friends to hike with you again with this beautiful hike. Unfortunately I thought there was going to be some bushwhacking and used the “B word” and went by myself.

I left the house at 4:15 AM driving north from the Albuquerque area. I took highway 285 to Tres Piedras then headed 23 miles west on beautiful forested Highway 64. I planned to drive up Forest Road 64F to get closer to the peaks, but the road was gated. I drove another half mile west and turned into the entrance of another gated road, Forest Road 64B, and parked. This is the trailhead to Trail 41. It was a pleasantly cool clear morning. The starting elevation was 10,074 feet. I started hiking at 7:15 AM, Wednesday June 6, 2018. My goal was to hike 3 peaks; Peak 10,837 also listed as Peak 10,820, Jawbone Mountain West, elevation 10,593 feet, and Jawbone Mountain East, elevation 10,601 feet. I climbed over the metal gate and was invigorated by the beauty of the New Mexico mountains. I did not hike any on the trail, rather made a beeline towards the peak. This has been a very dry year and there was not much water on the hike. Shortly before the first peak there was some water in a nearly dried out pond, and the only other time I saw water on the hike was in a little streambed in the valley after the third peak. I arrived at the Peak 10,837 after hiking about an hour. The elevation gain to the peak was 755 feet and the distance was 1.9 miles. There are beautiful expansive views almost the entire hike. The top had nice views in most directions. There was a paper peakbagging log in a jar that about 6 people had signed. I signed the log, then made a beeline to Jawbone Mountain West. Rather than going straight for the top, I went up the northeastern ridge then over. Several times throughout the hike I saw elk and deer and I saw some elk shortly before this peak. I arrived at the top after hiking about 2 hours from the start, 1 hour from the last peak. The total distance was 3.1 miles and the total up-down elevation gain from the start was 993 feet. I made a beeline for Jawbone Mountain West and partway in between I found a jawbone! It was probably the jawbone of a deer. If you go on this hike, see if you can find the jawbone. It is located in a beeline half way between the two Jawbone Mountain, a little closer to Jawbone Mountain West. Take a picture and log it. See my picture on peakery.com . Just before reaching the top there is a slight bolder scramble but this can probably be avoided by go a little more to the southeast. I arrived at the top after hiking about 3 hours from the start and had hiked 4.6 miles. The total up-down elevation gain for the day was 1447 feet. There was another peakbagging paper log in the same type of jar. I was the 3rd person to sign the log. I made a big sweep off the mountain going south then southwest. I made sure that I stayed south of the 3 mountains that I had just hiked. The meadows, views, forest, and wildflowers were grand! I was especially impressed by small, nickel sized, light blue butterflies. The last stretch of the hike I was hiking near the fence not far from the road. I arrived back at the SUV at 12:15 after hiking about 5 hours. I hiked 7.8 miles with the daily up-down elevation gain of 1688 feet. It felt pretty good coming from the Albuquerque area, hiking 3 peaks, and almost 8 miles, and being done about noon. (18 more to go)

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Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:695 ft / 211 m
    Total Elevation Loss:319 ft / 96 m
    Round-Trip Distance:4.7 mi / 7.6 km
    Route Conditions:
Unmaintained Trail, Open Country
    Weather:Clear and pleasant
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:454 ft / 138 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 376 ft / 115 m; Extra: 78 ft / 23m
    Loss on way in:78 ft / 23 m
    Distance:1.5 mi / 2.4 km
    Route:From Jawbone West Mountain
    Start Trailhead:Saddle between Jawbone West and Jawbone East  10225 ft / 3116 m
    Time:1 Hours 2 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:241 ft / 73 m
    Gain on way out:241 ft / 73 m
    Distance:3.2 mi / 5.2 km
    Route:South then southwest below peaks
    End Trailhead:Same as starting point  
    Time:1 Hours 53 Minutes
Ascent Part of Trip: 10837/20 & 2 Jawbone Mts

Complete Trip Sequence:
OrderPeak/PointDateGain
1Peak 108372018-06-06 a772 ft / 235 m
2Jawbone Mountain2018-06-06 b238 ft / 73 m
3Jawbone Mountain East2018-06-06 c695 ft / 212 m
Total Trip Gain: 1705 ft / 520 m    Total Trip Loss: 328 ft / 100 m
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip


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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Phil Robinson
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