Ascent of Mount Phillips on 2020-07-27

Climber: James Clisset

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Monday, July 27, 2020
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Mount Phillips
    Location:USA-New Mexico
    Elevation:11741 ft / 3578 m

Ascent Trip Report

Hiked up to Mt. Phillips from the Clear Creek Trailhead parking area at Cimarron State Park.

On the way up, I attempted to follow the Clear Creek Trail, but quickly realized I was not on this trail but on a trail heading up the ridgeline toward Point 9072. I decided to continue and see how this went. This trail petered out about halfway to peak 9072, but even without a trail the ridgeline was relatively easy going this entire route. After cresting 9072, I continued up to 10803, then on to Tolby Peak. No trail at all, but relatively open with only occasional deadfall, and a mostly not-too-steep gradient. After Tolby, I took the south ridgeline down to the Pack Trail, then continued east to Phillips Peak.

On the return, I hiked back toward Tolby Peak the way I came. After Tolby, I decided to follow the north ridgeline toward the Clear Creek Trail terminus (as shown on the Topo map). This way was a bit more direct mileage-wise, but it suffered in extensive deadfall, moraines, and brush. This was not the easy or the quick way, though the Clear Creek Trail was a nice little denoument to the hike. The Clear Creek Trail spit me out on the east side of the creek across the bridge from the parking area, which explains why I couldn't find the trail from the start.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:5413 ft / 1649 m
    Total Elevation Loss:5413 ft / 1649 m
    Round-Trip Distance:11.2 mi / 18 km
    Grade/Class:Class 2
    Quality:6 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Bushwhack
    Weather:Drizzle, Pleasant, Breezy, Low Clouds
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:4664 ft / 1421 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 3915 ft / 1193 m; Extra: 749 ft / 228m
    Loss on way in:749 ft / 228 m
    Distance:5.8 mi / 9.3 km
    Route:9072 / 10803 / Tolby / Phillips ridges
    Start Trailhead:Clear Creek Parking Area  7826 ft / 2385 m
    Time:3 Hours 15 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:4664 ft / 1421 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 3915 ft / 1193 m; Extra: 749 ft / 228m
    Gain on way out:749 ft / 228 m
    Distance:5.4 mi / 8.7 km
    Route:Phillips / Tolby / North Ridge to Clear Creek Trai
    End Trailhead:Clear Creek Parking Area  7826 ft / 2385 m
    Time:3 Hours 20 Minutes
Ascent Part of Trip: Tolby/Phillips (0 nights total away from roads)

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Tolby Peak2020-07-27 
2Mount Phillips2020-07-275413 ft / 1650 m
3Tolby Peak2020-07-27 
Total Trip Gain: 5413 ft / 1650 m    Total Trip Loss: 5413 ft / 1650 m

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