Ascent of The Knob on 2011-08-01

Climber: Richard Oestreicher

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Monday, August 1, 2011
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:The Knob
    Location:USA-New Mexico
    Elevation:10625 ft / 3238 m

Ascent Trip Report

I took the Agua Piedra Trail from the Agua Piedra campground along NM 518. The first 2 1/2 mi. of the trail climb about 1000 feet gradually but steadily. The grade then ascends a bit more steeply for slightly less than a mile to a small meadow (just after a gate) at roughly 10170. A spur trail then heads off to the left. It runs to the east side of the peak topping out at just over 10,400 feet leaving a bushwhack of about 250 yards. The first part heads easily through trees with relatively little undergrowth emerging to a clearing revealing the aptly named knob that had heretofore been obscured by the trees. At that point my GPS put me about 120 yards from the peak but with about 160 feet of elevation gain still ahead. The steep slog up the knob was less difficult than I anticipated because the grassy slope offered stable footing. The small top of the knob is covered by trees in the middle but offers open ledges all around with panoramic views. I enjoyed a leisurely lunch on the side shielded from the wind before heading down. Taos County peak #30.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2094 ft / 637 m
    Total Elevation Loss:36 ft / 10 m
    Round-Trip Distance:8 mi / 12.9 km
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Bushwhack, Stream Ford
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:2076 ft / 632 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 2058 ft / 627 m; Extra: 18 ft / 5m
    Loss on way in:18 ft / 5 m
    Distance:4 mi / 6.4 km
    Route:Agua Piedra trail
    Start Trailhead:8567 ft / 2611 m
    Time:2 Hours 16 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:18 ft / 5 m
    Gain on way out:18 ft / 5 m
    Distance:4 mi / 6.4 km
    Time:1 Hours 25 Minutes

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