Ascent of Cerro Vista on 2011-05-18

Climber: Richard Oestreicher

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Wednesday, May 18, 2011
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Cerro Vista
    Location:USA-New Mexico
    Elevation:11939 ft / 3639 m

Ascent Trip Report

From NM 518 I took Forest Road 76 north for 12.3 mi. The first 9 1/2 miles are well-maintained for passenger cars; it gets rougher after that. There's a fork at 11.8 mi. Take the left fork. I parked at the side of the road at roughly 11,200 feet. My GPS put the distance at only 0.61 mi. There's an abandoned forest road that crisscrosses a direct path to the peak. I followed it at times, but frequently lost it in overgrown brush and deep snow. A more direct route is to follow a fence line up the last half of the climb. The deep snow slowed me down. After the snow melts this should take less than an hour and a half round trip.

The top of the mountain is a meadow with great views in all directions. There's a cairn with a wood pole that looks like the high point, a bit past where my My GPS coordinates indicated the high point should be.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:709 ft / 216 m
    Total Elevation Loss:16 ft / 4 m
    Round-Trip Distance:2.7 mi / 4.3 km
    Route Conditions:
Bushwhack, Snow on Ground, Snow Climb
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:709 ft / 216 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 693 ft / 212 m; Extra: 16 ft / 4m
    Loss on way in:16 ft / 4 m
    Distance:1.4 mi / 2.2 km
    Start Trailhead:11246 ft / 3427 m
    Time:1 Hours 15 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Distance:1.3 mi / 2.1 km
    Time:45 Minutes
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Richard Oestreicher
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