Ascent of Sawmill Mountain on 2021-03-22

Climber: Ted Bauer

Date:Monday, March 22, 2021
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Sawmill Mountain
    Location:USA-New Mexico
    Elevation:10962 ft / 3341 m

Ascent Trip Report

Got a tip from the coffee barista in Red River that this was a good hike. He also said there should not be any snow. Well he was correct on the first. It was an excellent hike and one I am surprised that Red River does not promote more in the summer time. Basically you go to the end of High Street in Red River, then access the fire road behind the condos. I surprised about 10 mule deer that were relaxing at the start of the trailhead.

The entire route can be done on a fire/service road that leads to the cell tower at the summit. For the first mile I was wishing I would have worn running shoes instead of boots, but then I began to encounter more and more snow. After about 2 miles I was post holing up to my crotch. I continued that way for about a quarter of a mile hoping that after the next turn it would thin out. It did not, so I bushwhacked straight up, picking a line with the least amount of snow. Once I cleared the tree line I was forced to post hole the last 100 yard to the actual summit. Unfortunately the cell tower takes away from the beauty, but if you look back towards Red River and across the valley to the rest of the Taos mountains it is a stunning view.

I did not see anyone else on the mountain.
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On Summit of Sawmill Mountain (2021-03-22). Photo by Ted Bauer.
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Summary Total Data
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Bushwhack
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Snowing, Cool
Snow Showers
Descent Statistics
    Time:3 Hours 20 Minutes

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