Ascent of Big Hatchet Peak on 2014-03-16

Climber: Ken Jones

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Sunday, March 16, 2014
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:4x4 Vehicle
Peak:Big Hatchet Peak
    Location:USA-New Mexico
    Elevation:8356 ft / 2546 m

Ascent Trip Report


From the junction of NM highways 9 and 81 in Hachita go south 10.8 miles on highway 81 to the signed junction of Hatchet Road C011 on the left, at a point where the highway bends west. Zero your odometer and turn onto Hatchet Road. Note that as of the time of my visit this driving route *required* 4WD and high clearance.

0.0 Junction of NM 81 and Hatchet Road
2.7 Turn right onto signed Commodore Road C119, Public Lands Access (PLA) sign
4.0 Soft left at PLA sign
6.0 Left at 4-way crossing, follow PLA sign
6.3 Cross cattle guard
8.1 Another cattle guard, ranch to your north
11.3 Faded sign on right says "Not a Road", continue 150 yards
11.4 Main road bends left, continue straight onto Thompson Canyon Road bounded by Wilderness Study signs
15.1 Park at end of road, "Wilderness Study Area, No Vehicles" sign


An old, unmaintained but good trail leads from the road end across the ravine to the right and eventually up to about 7300' elevation. Refer to the GPS track for its route. Above this there are traces of trail but nothing I could follow consistently. Just turn right at 7300' and follow the slope and then ridge to the summit, marked by a solar array and radio tower. At the time of my visit no register was evident; a future climber might want to carry one.

Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:2746 ft / 835 m
    Extra Gain:75 ft / 22 m
    Distance:5 mi / 8 km
    Route:Old trail, X-C
    Trailhead:End of Thompson Canyon road  5760 ft / 1755 m
    Route Conditions:
Unmaintained Trail, Open Country
    Weather:Cold and windy, then warming
Ascent Statistics
    Time Up:2 Hours 55 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time Down:2 Hours 0 Minutes
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

 GPS Waypoints - Hover or click to see name and lat/long
Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Ken Jones
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Note: GPS Tracks may not be accurate, and may not show the best route. Do not follow this route blindly. Conditions change frequently. Use of a GPS unit in the outdoors, even with a pre-loaded track, is no substitute for experience and good judgment. accepts NO responsibility or liability from use of this data.

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