Ascent of Herschberger Peak on 2020-04-16

Climber: Fred Brown

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Thursday, April 16, 2020
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Herschberger Peak
    Location:USA-New Mexico
    Elevation:7850 ft / 2392 m

Ascent Trip Report

From US-82, Village of High Rolls, turn onto a signed, West Side Road (FR-90) and proceed to the DRY CANYON TRAILHEAD (large brown forest sign). Do not confuse with the Upper Dry Canyon Trailhead which is also on West Side Road. At the Dry Canyon Trailhead turn off West Side Road onto a dirt road to another sign listing the various trails, including the "A" Mountain Trail. Sign says its 1/4 mile ahead. If you lack a high-clearance vehicle best to park and walk down the road. I drove the quarter mile down road which is a narrow, high-clearance road to a large brown forest sign - "A" Mountain Trailhead. The "A" mountain trail #119, is an old 4WD road and its obvious ATVs and other 4WD vehicles continue to use the road. To get to both Ortega and Hershberger Peaks, hike down the road. The user trail to Hershberger starts as (32.88421, -105.86238); is only about 3/10 mile from the TH . The user trail is not signed or marked but you can see a trail, it follows the Eastern ridge of Hershberger. Unfortunately there are multiple trails and along the way expect to hike up a ridge, drop back down before actually hiking up Hershberger. The hiking distance from the road is about 7/10 mile. It seems the summit has been turned into a descanso. Even has a BB gun.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:665 ft / 202 m
    Total Elevation Loss:785 ft / 238 m
    Round-Trip Distance:1.7 mi / 2.7 km
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Bushwhack
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Pleasant, Breezy, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:550 ft / 167 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 450 ft / 137 m; Extra: 100 ft / 30m
    Loss on way in:100 ft / 30 m
    Distance:0.7 mi / 1.1 km
    Route:User trails following Ridge - Eastside of HP
    Start Trailhead:Saddle - Junction "A" Mtn Trl & Hershberger Use Tr  7400 ft / 2255 m
    Time:45 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:685 ft / 208 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 570 ft / 174 m; Extra: 115 ft / 35m
    Gain on way out:115 ft / 35 m
    Distance:1 mi / 1.6 km
    Route:Eastside Ridge to A Mtn Trl
    End Trailhead:"A" Mountain Trailhead  7280 ft / 2218 m
    Time:30 Minutes
Ascent Part of Trip: Ortega - Hersberger

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Ortega Peak2020-04-16 a754 ft / 230 m
2Herschberger Peak2020-04-16 b665 ft / 203 m
Total Trip Gain: 1419 ft / 433 m    Total Trip Loss: 1419 ft / 432 m

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