Ascent of Beautiful Mountain on 2002-10-13

Climber: Richard Carey

Date:Sunday, October 13, 2002
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Beautiful Mountain
    Location:USA-New Mexico
    Elevation:9388 ft / 2861 m

Ascent Trip Report

High point of the Chuska Mountains, also high point of San Juan County, NM.
The mountain is on the Navajo Indian Reservation, however as of October 2002 there were no signs restricting access.

Drive north on route 666 from Gallup, New Mexico for about 67 miles and turn left (west) onto Indian route 34 toward Sanostee. After 9.0 miles turn right at a junction and route 34 turns into a good, graded dirt road. Continue west and at 13.6 miles turn right at a junction onto route 5013, a rougher road which was not marked. The road turns northwest and starts climbing up the mountain and high-clearance is needed. Stay left at a junction after 16.4 miles and at 19.1 miles from 666 turn right at a junction by a spring. Those without four-wheel drive should park and hike from here. With a four-wheel drive vehicle, reset your odometer and follow this road northeast. At about 0.3 miles there is a steep, rough section where low-range 4wd is needed. At 0.5 miles turn right onto an improved road. At 1.5 miles go right at a junction. Park alongside the road after 3.1 miles. UTM here is 680444E, 4037902N. Hike northwest up a slope and look for a drainage with black lava boulders with a faint use trail that leads to the top of the rim. UTM at the rim is: 680097E, 4038242N. Turn southwest on the plateau and head to the small hill that is the summit. The one-way hiking distance is one mile with an elevation gain of 1000 feet. 10/02 RLC
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