Ascent of Peak 12027 on 2018-07-29

Climber: Matt Sedlak

Date:Sunday, July 29, 2018
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Peak 12027
    Location:USA-New Mexico
    Elevation:12027 ft / 3665 m

Ascent Trip Report

Up at 4 AM to drive from south of Santa Fe to Ski Santa Fe / Aspen Basin through town and then up the paved 475. 58F down low, 46F at the basin. Started about 5:30 AM from the basin (~10,400') and climbed Winsor trail to the Wilderness Boundary fence line and took a right (North) and followed it - locally known as Raven's Ridge. At that turn is where I stowed my headlamp and fleece in my pack. That is also where I took my first rest, sitting down and thinking maybe after two days I am not quite acclimated yet!
Raven's Ridge is about two miles long and after about the first mile you come to a corner where the ridge turns right (south by southeast) - again a rest. The next mile takes you up to peak 12027. During this portion I kept hearing multiple people yelling in the basin and the valleys, and a man (deep voice) behind me yelling Louiiiiisaaaaa! As I broke through tree line and stopped to put my fleece back on, a quick hiker came up and explained SAR was looking for a 21 year old woman named Louisa with a blue rain coat - she spent the night up here somewhere. He was briefed as he got on the trail, but I started before him and I guess SAR wasn't there when I started. He moved on quickly towards Lake Peak. The SAR member then came up and passed me as I was finishing up.
Got to Trail 251 / Skyline Trail and hung a left and pretty quickly started scrambling not sure where the trail was, when the first quick hiker was coming back towards me carrying two packs. What's up, he said he found her, handed her off to SAR, and was porting her pack back to level ground so she didn't have to carry it on the scramble. Fantastic, congratulations. I continued on leaving my poles by a tree for the final scramble to lake Peak and got there about 9:10. Didn't stay long, headed back along the "low trail", which was less of a scramble, and back the way I came up arriving at the trailhead at about 11:40.
Tough hike (for me), great views, beautiful weather, and a found missing hiker - it was a good day. Some how I missed Deception Peak and I am still not sure where it is - maybe I was deceived as it was living up to its name.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1765 ft / 537 m
    Total Elevation Loss:120 ft / 36 m
    Round-Trip Distance:3.1 mi / 5 km
    Quality:8 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail
    Weather:Cool, Calm, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:1765 ft / 537 m
    Distance:2.9 mi / 4.7 km
    Route:Winsor, Ravens Ridge
    Start Trailhead:Aspen Basin  10262 ft / 3127 m
    Time:2 Hours 27 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:120 ft / 36 m
    Distance:0.2 mi / 0.3 km
    Route:Ravens Ridge
    End Trailhead:Saddle  11907 ft / 3629 m
    Time:8 Minutes
Ascent Part of Trip: Lake+12027 (0 nights total away from roads)

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Peak 120272018-07-29 A1765 ft / 538 m
2Lake Peak2018-07-29 B486 ft / 148 m
Total Trip Gain: 2251 ft / 686 m    Total Trip Loss: 2095 ft / 639 m
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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