Ascent of McKnight Mountain on 2019-04-11
|Other People:||Solo Ascent|
Only Party on Mountain
|Date:||Thursday, April 11, 2019|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Motorized Transport to Trailhead:||4x4 Vehicle|
| Location:||USA-New Mexico|
| Elevation:||10165 ft / 3098 m|
Ascent Trip ReportHere is my experience with McKnight Road as of 2019-04-11. High clearance is required, 4WD helpful.
0.0 At NM Hwy 35 MP 12.2 turn east on the road marked FR 152 (McKnight Road).
0.1 Pass FR 151 on your left and drive through the Mimbres River (water flowing).
~8.0 Road becomes narrower and rougher. The next 3 miles are the roughest.
8.8 Turn Left at a Y junction (roads unmarked). Road is steep and rocky here.
17.5 Trailhead parking.
17.8 McKnight Cabin.
The road was blocked by downed timber at about mile 15. I helped a forest crew called up to rescue some trapped hunters clear that obstruction. I used my hand saw to clear other minor obstructions elsewhere along the road. At of 2019-04-11 the road is clear of downed timber.
The Black Range Crest Trail #79 north of McKnight Cabin to the spur trail leading to the east McKnight summit candidate has several downed trees across the trail but they can be easily passed around, over, or under. I encountered some small, inconsequential snow patches on the way. The summit register contents were water soaked. A better container and a new log book would be helpful.
Near where the Powderhorn Ridge Trail #82 leads west the slope is covered in dense stacks of downed timber several feet high. The downed timber is a severe obstruction from there to the west summit candidate. After fighting this for an hour and a half I ran out of time, turned around, and carefully retreated to the Crest Trail.
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