Ascent of Mesita del Anil on 2006-03-24
|Date:||Friday, March 24, 2006|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
|Peak:||Mesita del Anil|
| Location:||USA-New Mexico|
| Elevation:||4900 ft / 1493 m|
Ascent Trip ReportFrom NM-156 about 12 miles W of the Quay-Guadelupe county line, I turned S on Armstrong Rd, which is mostly red gravel. The junction is where the pavement changes color and a cluster of buildings lies on the N side of the road. I followed this road for 17 miles until it passes by the E flank of Mesita del Anil. At some point that I did not precisely identify, probably the De Baca county line, the road changes name to Alamo Rd. At the intersection at "Point 4749" is a road not shown on the topo map; it heads SW, gains the SE flank of Mesita del Anil, and then climbs toward the summit until ending at a gravel pit. I parked here. A jeep track, negotiable by 4WD or Andy Martin's Honda, continues beyond the gravel pit and gains the remaining 60 feet to the summit plateau. After some exploring and careful sighting, I determined that the highest ground is slightly less than halfway along the length of the summit about 15' to the right of the road, and I built a cairn to mark it.
After leaving Mesita del Anil, I continued S toward US-84 and Fort Sumner. This section is in better condition than the section coming from NM-156. N of the mesita, the road is mostly red gravel and dirt and you can maintain 20-30 mph. S of the mesita, the road is mostly white gravel and you can maintain 40-50 mph. However, my low clearance 2WD Toyota Camry had no trouble with the entire length of the road from N to S. It is 12 miles from the mesita to US-84.
Mesita del Anil has great views, is a fun place to explore, and overall is a really cool place. Long live county prom-pointing!
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