Ascent of Bald Hills on 2012-05-05

Climber: Richard Oestreicher

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Saturday, May 5, 2012
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Bald Hills
    Location:USA-New Mexico
    Elevation:6392 ft / 1948 m

Ascent Trip Report

This was a consolation prize. I went to White Oaks to see if the place had changed any since my last visit (maybe 15 or 20 years ago) and to climb Baxter Mountain, the peak northwest of town and the site of most of the mining activity when this place amounted to something. I couldn't find any easy access to the base of Baxter. The aptly named Bald Hills was my back up plan.

I parked along the highway next to a ranch gate about 100 yards west of a water tank that appeared to be fitted with solar panels. My GPS put the distance to the hp coordinates at 0.53 mi.

The 0.3 mi walk to the base of the mountain was nearly flat, the only challenge getting across a deep arroyo with 10 foot banks. Once a bit beyond the arroyo it got steadily steeper with nearly all of the elevation gain in the last third of a mile. Scree and shale made the footing a bit treacherous both up and down.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:432 ft / 131 m
    Total Elevation Loss:20 ft / 6 m
    Round-Trip Distance:1.4 mi / 2.2 km
    Route Conditions:
Open Country, Bushwhack
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Pleasant, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:422 ft / 128 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 412 ft / 126 m; Extra: 10 ft / 3m
    Loss on way in:10 ft / 3 m
    Distance:0.7 mi / 1.2 km
    Start Trailhead:NM 349  5980 ft / 1822 m
    Time:25 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:10 ft / 3 m
    Gain on way out:10 ft / 3 m
    Distance:0.7 mi / 1.1 km
    Time:17 Minutes

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