Ascent of McKnight Mountain on 2020-07-18

Climber: Eric Kassan

Others in Party:Stacey Kassan
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Saturday, July 18, 2020
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:4x4 Vehicle
Peak:McKnight Mountain
    Location:USA-New Mexico
    Elevation:10165 ft / 3098 m

Ascent Trip Report

The road out is about 18 miles of dirt (and rocks), usually not too bad, but it had some challenging spots. It only required high clearance (and good tires).

The "trail" is so overgrown as to be tough to find in a couple spots, but the worst part of this was getting around the dead trees blocking the trail in numerous places. The thick brush off trail made going around them usually impossible. The brush on trail was also annoying in that some of the plants had thorns.

I had wanted to visit the other high point (especially since it had the same elevation according to the map), but the terrain was too bad- probably no worse than the "trail", but given we still had the descent ahead of us, we did not want an additional hour or more of it.

I did not bring my poles, but they would have been useful in places for beating back the brush.

This hike was much tougher than the distance and elevation gain would suggest.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:845 ft / 257 m
    Extra Gain:100 ft / 30 m
    Round-Trip Distance:3.6 mi / 5.8 km
    Route:South ridge trail
    Trailhead:Road end  9520 ft / 2901 m
    Quality:2 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Unmaintained Trail, Bushwhack
Ascent Statistics
    Time:1 Hours 45 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time:1 Hours 30 Minutes
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Eric Kassan
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