Ascent of Sawmill Mountain on 2012-06-06

Climber: Richard Oestreicher

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Wednesday, June 6, 2012
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Sawmill Mountain
    Location:USA-New Mexico
    Elevation:10962 ft / 3341 m

Ascent Trip Report

I took FR 134 out of Questa to FR 597. At the crest of FR597 there's a gated track heading to Greenie Peak. About 3/4 mi. later (sorry I didn't clock it on my odometer) I parked near a jeep track heading uphill. It wasn't too rough for the first several hundred yards--would be drivable, but it's a nice hike from 597. There's also a service road that goes to the microwave installation on top ( I believe from Red River; I don't know if there are access issues).

I followed logging tracks to about 10,300 and bushwhack from there over the usual fallen trees (not to bad). The last few hundred yards are very steep. Great views on top.

On the way down I followed the road a bit, but it put me increasingly west of where I wanted to be and unfortunately the bushwhack from there was rougher terrain and more roundabout than my route up.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1136 ft / 346 m
    Total Elevation Loss:56 ft / 17 m
    Round-Trip Distance:3 mi / 4.8 km
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Bushwhack
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:1080 ft / 329 m
    Distance:1.4 mi / 2.2 km
    Start Trailhead:FR597  9882 ft / 3012 m
    Time:56 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:56 ft / 17 m
    Gain on way out:56 ft / 17 m
    Distance:1.6 mi / 2.6 km
    Time:1 Hours 

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