Ascent of Osha Mountain on 2012-05-25

Climber: Richard Oestreicher

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Friday, May 25, 2012
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Osha Mountain
    Location:USA-New Mexico
    Elevation:10885 ft / 3317 m

Ascent Trip Report

I did this on my return from Cuchillo de Fernando (see my trip report for that one for road directions). I parked at a wide spot in the road on FR 153 about a quarter mile west of the turn off FR76. The topo maps show an old FR road heading north from here to the intersection with the South Boundary Trail on the SE flank of Osha Mt. But this road was abandoned long ago and only remnants of it survive. For the first half mile or so, with only occasional interruptions, it was indeed mostly a road walk, but then the road was obscured by what looks like a massive rock slide. I bushwhacked across that. on my way back I discovered that more of the road still exists (more or less) downhill (eg east) of this spot. I came out on the South Boundary trail and headed up that for a couple of hundred yards and then along the east side of the ridge with the hp along occasional bits of another abandoned logging track. When I was about 0.11 from the hp coordinates I bushwacked steeply up the last hill.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:702 ft / 213 m
    Total Elevation Loss:312 ft / 94 m
    Round-Trip Distance:4.3 mi / 6.9 km
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Bushwhack
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Very Windy
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:583 ft / 177 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 390 ft / 119 m; Extra: 193 ft / 58m
    Loss on way in:193 ft / 58 m
    Distance:2.3 mi / 3.7 km
    Start Trailhead:FR153  10495 ft / 3198 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:119 ft / 36 m
    Gain on way out:119 ft / 36 m
    Distance:2 mi / 3.2 km

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