Ascent of Kachina Peak on 2010-07-22

Climber: Richard Oestreicher

Date:Thursday, July 22, 2010
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Kachina Peak
    Location:USA-New Mexico
    Elevation:12481 ft / 3804 m

Ascent Trip Report

Steep climb but worth it! Parked at Williams Lake trail head. Past Phoenix Restaurant at the sign to Williams Lake go straight ahead onto a service road for the ski resort. Climb up on these roads under one chair lift and up to the top of the next one. This part is quite steep. Just above the 2nd chair lift there's a building with a sign marked 11819. This took me almost an hour and a half. A path behind the building leads up to a microwave tower and then to an unnamed high point (12012 according to the topo map). From there the path follows the ridge line down a couple of hundred feet. You're on a narrow ridge with great views down both sides. After about a mile you go by a cabin and hit the boulder fields at the base of Kachina Peak. Although there's a semblance of a path, it's hard to follow. Stay close to the edge of the ridge line closest to the Ski Valley. Lots of loose rocks and some scrambling across boulders. A pole stuck in some rocks marks the top. Communed with a mountain goat before heading back when I started to hear thunder.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2781 ft / 846 m
    Total Elevation Loss:400 ft / 120 m
    Round-Trip Distance:7 mi / 11.3 km
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Unmaintained Trail, Scramble
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:2581 ft / 786 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 2381 ft / 726 m; Extra: 200 ft / 60m
    Loss on way in:200 ft / 60 m
    Distance:3.5 mi / 5.6 km
    Start Trailhead:Williams Lake trailhead  10100 ft / 3078 m
    Time:2 Hours 45 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:200 ft / 60 m
    Gain on way out:200 ft / 60 m
    Distance:3.5 mi / 5.6 km
    Time:1 Hours 30 Minutes

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