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Ascent of Cookes Peak on 2001-01-04

Climber: Richard Carey

Date:Thursday, January 4, 2001
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Cookes Peak
    Location:USA-New Mexico
    Elevation:8408 ft / 2562 m

Ascent Trip Report

The peak is on BLM land and the road to the locked gate is open. There is a small inholding of private land past the gate owned by Tom Hyatt. There are some No Tresspassing signs and to avoid the private property you can walk south along the fence to a dry wash then head west.
To reach the peak from Deming, New Mexico take route 180 north to Silver City and after about one mile turn east onto route 26 to Hatch. Drive 14.4 miles or 0.4 miles north of milepost 14 to a road on the left by a ranch house. Turn left onto this good dirt road, also marked as A019, which heads northwest toward the mountain. After 1.0 miles cross a cattle guard and go straight ahead. Do the same at another cattle guard at 3.4 miles. At 5.1 miles go straight at a junction with A020 on the left. Cross another cattle guard at 7.2 miles and then park at the end of the road at 11.0 miles by a locked gate. UTM here is: 247766E, 3603015N. The impressive summit is 2.67 miles on a bearing of 267 degrees. Start the hike by stepping over the fence and following the old road up toward the mountain. After about 3/4 mile, when the road makes a right turn to the north, leave the road and head WSW. Continue climbing through the pinyons and stay on the ridge to a prominent point 0.3 miles NE of point 7665 feet. From here turn south along the ridge then west past point 7665 feet. Then follow the fairly easy terrain NW to the main summit. There is an old fence line along here and signs of foot traffic to the face. The climb up the sloping face is moderate and is marked by cairns. The route is about 6 miles round-trip with a gain of 3100 feet. Allow 3 hours for the ascent and 2 1/2 hours to return. 1/01 RLC
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