Ascent of Cookes Peak on 2016-11-14

Climber: Fred Brown

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Monday, November 14, 2016
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:4x4 Vehicle
Peak:Cookes Peak
    Location:USA-New Mexico
    Elevation:8408 ft / 2562 m

Ascent Trip Report

Commenting on this four months after the fact. When I reached the "trailhead" to start the hike I wasn't quite sure I had the right place. While I had my GPS I forgot to write down the coordinates/mileage for the starting point. So I started hiking along an old road headed towards the mountain. Once I saw a cairn I knew I was on the right track. Plenty of cairns followed marking the way. The hike up was uneventful except that I sweated significantly. I especially enjoyed hiking on the upper portion of the peak. I signed the log and headed down. This is where things got off track. Anyway, I walked past the turn-off for the trail (those cairns have a way of sucking you in) and only realized it when I was a bit far along. So rather than turn back, which I should have done, I continued on down the ridge then bushwhacked down to the drainage below. I had to continue bushwhacking to the northwest to intersect the trail which occurred about a quarter mile from the trailhead. Was a bit dehydrated by the time I reached the vehicle. Should have taken an extra bottle of water with me. Four wheel drive is needed in a couple places on the last couple of miles.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:2368 ft / 722 m
    Elevation Loss:2368 ft / 722 m
    Route Conditions:
Unmaintained Trail, Bushwhack, Scramble
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:2368 ft / 722 m
    Route:Standard Cookes Peak Route
    Trailhead:Cookes Pk TH  6040 ft / 1840 m
Descent Statistics
    Elevation Loss:2368 ft / 722 m
    Trailhead:Cookes Pk TH  6040 ft / 1840 m

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