Ascent of Luciano Mesa-East Area on 2011-06-05

Climber: Richard Oestreicher

Date:Sunday, June 5, 2011
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Luciano Mesa-East Area
    Location:USA-New Mexico
    Elevation:5560 ft / 1694 m

Ascent Trip Report

I followed previous CHP trip reports to a point on BK road where a large unlocked gate crosses the road and my GPS told me I was less than 3/4 mi. s and slightly west of the hp. On the north side of the road right after this gate, e.g. literally only 2-3 feet, was an identical unlocked gate offering access to a northward track along a fence, and 0.42 mi. north yet another unlocked gate gave access east to the area containing the hp. The track after this gate got me to less than 0.2 mi. from the hp, but the ground there is dry and hard with little shrubbery and few rocks. Any vehicle capable of negotiating the tracks to this point could have driven cross country right to the CHP (or at least the listed GPS coordinates of an essentially flat spot where the "high point" is not self-evident). I chose to walk the last 1/8 of a mile. On the way back I spotted several varieties of birds that didn't look to my uneducated eyes like the species I usually see in New Mexico. I suspect a bird watcher might find this mesa a worthwhile spot to explore.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:9 ft / 2 m
    Round-Trip Distance:0.3 mi / 0.5 km
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:9 ft / 2 m
    Distance:0.1 mi / 0.2 km
    Start Trailhead:5551 ft / 1691 m
Descent Statistics
    Distance:0.1 mi / 0.2 km

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