Ascent of Trampas-Santa Barbara Ridge on 2010-07-28

Climber: Phil Robinson

Others in Party:My dog Daisy.
Date:Wednesday, July 28, 2010
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Trampas-Santa Barbara Ridge
    Location:USA-New Mexico
    Elevation:12453 ft / 3795 m

Ascent Trip Report

I left the house at 4:00 AM with my dog Daisy to hike Trampas Peak, elevation 12,170, and the peak called Trampas Santa Barbara Ridge, elevation 12,453. I had a day pack of about 15 pounds, a third of it water. My wired haired fox terrier had a little pack with water and dog food. We went through the town of Truchas, NM and headed east on highway 76 until we came to an 8 mile dirt road, highway 207. We then went to the Trampas trail head. We started hiking on a cool crisp morning at 6:45 AM. The elevation was 8,950. I started hiking a little north of the parking area to a ridge. My plan was to bushwhack straight up. It was a leg burning experience but not too hard. The ridge I followed was great. It led straight to the peak. At about 11,200 feet in elevation I came to the “land of the fallen trees.” The climbing over trees did not last too long and overall it was a nice hike. I arrived at the peak at 9:15, 2.5 hours of straight hiking. The distance was 2.2 miles. I looked at the next peak and thought it was too far for today, but decided to do it anyway. I could see the afternoon storm clouds forming so I decided to jog down to the bottom of the ridge to speed things. I knew that the lightening storms were coming soon. I jogged a little over a mile and then started hiking again. It was a beautiful ridge to hike. At times I had to cross jagged rocky edges, but it was nothing dangerous. Shortly before the peak I saw 3 or 4 rams with their majestic curling horns. At about 11:00 the storm clouds were moving in and I could hear the rumble of thunder. I said a prayer for a clear peak and amazingly enough the little area of the peak cleared out and became sunny. I arrived at the peak at 11:30, 4 hours and 45 minutes nonstop. I had traveled 5 miles. I made a couple of victory phone calls, on top of mountain peaks cell phones work fairly well, took some pictures and headed down. Amazing again, the left side of the ridge was all stormy clouds while the ridge I was hiking back on was clear. It was almost like a wall. I went down enough to be safe from lightening and had a 15 minute lunch. Enough jerky! This time I brought smoked oysters and crackers. I poured the oil over the dog food and we both had a great lunch. It was funny; a few times I would be hiking and, no dog. Daisy’s backpack would get caught on a branch and she would be barking or making sounds for me not to leave her. It began to rain and rained lightly for the next 3 hours. The dog would bark, “protecting us” from the thunder. My original plan was to hike back the way I came, but I really did not want to hike Trampas peak a second time so I planned to go back to the ridge and bushwhack it down to the Trampas trail. I would not recommend this, at least the way I went! I went to the far end of the ridge where it was just starting to go up to Trampas peak and headed straight down, west towards the Trampas trail. It was ok at first, but I came to a very narrow, steep stream and followed it down. It was a 2 hour obstacle course fight. This was the hardest down hill stretch that I have ever done, thousands of fallen, wet, slick, trees in a narrow area. My motto was,”Just keep going!” At times I would look and there was no where to go, so I fell back to my motto and belly rolled a few logs with the dog. Don’t go this way! Maybe if I had cut down the ridge in the middle, away from this obstacle course stream. I was tired of all of this and was hurrying too much. With the wet slick logs this could have been dangerous. I looked back and, no dog. I thought, “Oh I have to go back up!” I fought back up to the dog and she was not stuck but had had enough. I had enough too! We could have just stopped and stayed there for good!!?? I took her pack and put it in mine. I viewed it as a sigh, and for safety decided to slow way down. At last we reached the trail. I could have kissed it! This was the same trail I hiked about 2 weeks ago. I had about 2.5 miles to go but it felt like it was floating out compared to what we had just done. We arrived back at the car at 4:15, 9.5 hours of almost nonstop hiking. We hiked about 11 miles. As the exhausted dog curled up in the seat, we headed home.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1377 ft / 419 m
    Total Elevation Loss:1094 ft / 333 m
    Round-Trip Distance:11 mi / 17.7 km
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Open Country, Bushwhack
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:1377 ft / 419 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 283 ft / 86 m; Extra: 1094 ft / 333m
    Loss on way in:1094 ft / 333 m
    Distance:5 mi / 8.1 km
    Route:Trampas Parking to Trampas Peak then North
    Start Trailhead:Trampas Peak  12170 ft / 3709 m
Descent Statistics
    Distance:6 mi / 9.7 km
Ascent Part of Trip: Trampas Trail Base

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Trampas Peak2010-07-28 a3220 ft / 981 m
2Trampas-Santa Barbara Ridge2010-07-28 b1377 ft / 420 m
Total Trip Gain: 4597 ft / 1401 m    Total Trip Loss: 1094 ft / 333 m
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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