Ascent of One Tree Peak on 2012-05-03

Climber: Richard Oestreicher

Date:Thursday, May 3, 2012
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:One Tree Peak
    Location:USA-New Mexico
    Elevation:7089 ft / 2160 m

Ascent Trip Report

I took a slightly different route on this one compared to previous COHP trip reports.

As in previous trip reports I took NM 24 south from US 82 to the village of Dunkin and then right on a dirt and gravel road signed Cuevo Canyon Rd. (apparently farther on it's called Chimney Canyon Rd., a possible source of confusion). While there are occasional rough patches, you can do this road in a passenger car. At 12.6 mi. from the turnoff from 24 I was supposed to find a gated track up Sunflower Canyon. I didn't find it--it's probably there--one report on LOJ used it this year as did Dennis Poulin --but I didn't see it. However, my SOP when I'm searching access routes that may be hard to find is to keep my GPS running and watch the readouts for the distance to the hp coordinates. My minimum reading was a bit south of where I was supposed to be finding Sunflower Canyon. I continued onward slowly, hoping that the road might curve back towards the peak. Just as the readings started to increase, I saw a Forest Service sign for Boyce Canyon and a road that cut back to the left on a bearing to the peak. Yippiekiyeah! The old gate through the fence was open-indeed it looked like it hasn't been closed in years. It's a rough track appropriate for a Jeep or heavy duty pickup. Fortunately I bought a Jeep last fall with situations like this in mind. I parked at a spot 0.66 mi. from the peak (GPS coordinates for parking spot N32 42.739 W105 20.275).

This left me SW of the peak with a knob and ridgeline in the way. On the way out I went more or less in a straight line up and over into the saddle at the base of One Tree Peak. On the way back I circled slightly around the west side of the intervening ridge. Someone had done that before--there was a faint use trail. Round trip hike for this route was just under 1.9 mi. with 685 feet of total elevation gain.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:684 ft / 208 m
    Total Elevation Loss:175 ft / 53 m
    Round-Trip Distance:1.9 mi / 3 km
    Route Conditions:
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:684 ft / 208 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 509 ft / 155 m; Extra: 175 ft / 53m
    Loss on way in:175 ft / 53 m
    Distance:0.9 mi / 1.4 km
    Start Trailhead:Boyce Canyon  6580 ft / 2005 m
Descent Statistics
    Distance:1 mi / 1.6 km

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