Ascent of Garcia Peak on 2018-07-02

Climber: Phil Robinson

Others in Party:Just me
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Monday, July 2, 2018
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Garcia Peak
    Location:USA-New Mexico
    Elevation:10920 ft / 3328 m

Ascent Trip Report

I drove a day early to Angel Fire, New Mexico to scout out the best way to hike Garcia Peak, elevation 10,920. I stayed at the Angel Fire Resort. I had a preplan, driving east on County Road 25 then hiking north to the peak. My plan did not work. One of the roads was just a cow pasture trail. I met some workers while scouting and they gave me a good suggestion to get close. Just north of Angel Fire where Highway 64 meets Road 434 drive 1.3 miles north, then turn east on Wheeler View Road for about 2 miles. I got up at 4:30 AM, Monday July 2, 2018, and started hiking about 5:20 AM at the time when first twilight meets the darkness. The moon above shown in its waning gibbous phase. It was a cool clear morning. The elevation was 8505 feet. My GPS said 4 miles as the crow flies to the peak. You can almost always add a third more to that number for actual hiking distance. I headed a little south, then east. My plan was to go to the little valley then hike the ridge to the peak. New Mexico was in a drought period so even though the forest was beautifully green, the grasslands had not greened up and the wildflowers were few. I crossed a little creek in the valley and headed up a rocky slope. I did not descend the rocky slope, my return GPS trek is better. There were dirt roads on the ridge. Some of them were in use and some of them have large trees growing in the middle of the road. While hiking I crossed lots of barbed wire fences but did not see any signs along the way. Just north of a little 10K bump I had to do some bushwhacking for about a half mile or so. This opened up into some beautiful meadows and then the final assent. The last three fourths of a mile is a fair chug. My GPS said the grade was about 32 degrees. I arrived at the top at 8:20 AM, 3 hours from the start. The distance was 5.3 miles with an elevation gain of 2607 feet. The top is tree covered with no views. I stayed a short while on the top and headed back. I did not see many animals along the hike. Besides a rabbit and some squirrels, I saw a deer and a turkey. The day before, while scouting, I saw a heard of elk in a meadow near the start. It was a nice hike back in the beautiful pine, spruce, fir and aspen forest. I arrived back at my SUV at 11:35 AM, 6 hours and 15 minutes from my start. I hiked 10.9 miles. My total up-down elevation gain was 2901 feet. It took about 3 hours to drive back to the Albuquerque area. (15 more to go)

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Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2901 ft / 883 m
    Total Elevation Loss:486 ft / 147 m
    Round-Trip Distance:10.9 mi / 17.5 km
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Open Country, Bushwhack
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:2607 ft / 794 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 2415 ft / 736 m; Extra: 192 ft / 58m
    Loss on way in:192 ft / 58 m
    Distance:5.3 mi / 8.5 km
    Route:East on Ridge to Peak
    Start Trailhead:2 miles east down Wheeler View Road  8505 ft / 2592 m
    Time:3 Hours 
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:294 ft / 89 m
    Gain on way out:294 ft / 89 m
    Distance:5.6 mi / 9 km
    Route:West on Ridge
    End Trailhead:Same as start  
    Time:3 Hours 
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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