Ascent to Mosaic Rock-Slab on 2019-06-29

Climber: William Musser

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Saturday, June 29, 2019
Ascent Type:Unsuccessful - Turned Back
Point Reached:Mosaic Rock - Slab
    Location:USA-New Mexico
    Elevation:8440 ft / 2572 m
    Remaining Elevation:80 ft / 24 m (26% left to go)

Ascent Trip Report

MY third time driving past the town of Tres Piedras (which means three stones in Spanish) and as you see the three formations in town they area really interesting so I had a few extra minutes and wanted to see if any of the piedras were on public lands and this bad boy is!

But this was totally impromptu and unlike my nature to have everything pre-reviewed and researched I was going by the seat of my pants and I could not get cell service to pull down a USGS map. The ranger station I found was closed of course. I found the entrance road an odd pull wire gate to a water tank and then back to some great camping spaces. The road has no rocks but a bad clayey grooved ruts but the little AWD Crosstrek had no issues. Parking an a sign at the feature but a storm on the way.

I jumped out and scrambled around for 20 minutes and one mile RT trying to find a class 3 or 4 fault up to the top but could not. Then the lightening and rain came. I got down and back to the car just in time but disappointed I was not given time to circle the entire feature to see if there is a way up? The route finding on this pink feldspar granite feature is crazy hard. It reminded me of the Wachita Mountains in OK that are large boulders and slabs that cliff out constantly leaving you with maddening options and no clear way to go but a maze to play in! Typically nature will provide you with a route if you have time.

Later back at home, I saw the TR by Richard O that says there is no route up it is all class 5. I would love to go back and explore when not rushed by lightening and rain and see. But even LOJ has no report of anyone summitting yet so................perhaps it is a class 5 only?
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:274 ft / 83 m
    Extra Gain:50 ft / 15 m
    Round-Trip Distance:1 mi / 1.6 km
    Route:see GPS track
    Trailhead:8266 ft / 2519 m
    Quality:6 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Ascent Part of Trip: New Mexico

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Wheeler Peak2019-06-29 a3101 ft / 945 m
2Simpson Peak2019-06-29 b56 ft / 17 m
3Old Mike Peak2019-06-29 c233 ft / 71 m
4(Attempt) Mosaic Rock2019-06-29 e274 ft / 84 m
Total Trip Gain: 3664 ft / 1117 m    Total Trip Loss: 984 ft / 301 m
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by William Musser
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