Ascent of Italian Peak on 2013-08-10

Climber: Rob Anthony

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Saturday, August 10, 2013
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Italian Peak
    Location:USA-New Mexico
    Elevation:9052 ft / 2759 m

Ascent Trip Report

From the summit of Timber Peak, I intended to continue heading south and go down the south ridge to meet up with Trail #70. The rock was slick and I had accidentally worn my casual sneakers, so I decided not to attempt the class 3 down climb and instead retraced my steps.

Trail #70 proceeds south and crosses a few scree slopes and bounces up and down a fair amount as it crosses the Timber Crest. The first three miles are well marked by cairns, blazes and pink ribbons. The ribbons lead to a cliff in a field, while the rock cairns continue heading south. Shortly later, the trail fades out and becomes difficult to follow, I just kept heading south along the crest, occasionally stumbling upon a blaze or an intact section of trail.

Descending past 9,200 feet, the trail becomes well established again for the last mile. On the USGS topo map, the trail is marked as ending around 9,000 feet before the large valley leading to the saddle of Italian peak. The forest trail actually goes to the saddle (as evidenced by the remains of a sign post) and a worn trail leads to the summit up the north ridge, which is marked by a small rock cairn.

Views of the San Mateos are shielded by the main crest of the Magdalenas, but views of the Devil's backbone region of the Magdalenas to the south are outstanding.

I retraced trail #70 (getting a bit turned around a few times where there isn't a trail) back to the TH and the car. I saw one other hiker with her dog about a half mile from my car, whom I don't consider to be "On the Mountain."
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:3028 ft / 922 m
    Total Elevation Loss:3558 ft / 1083 m
    Round-Trip Distance:10.2 mi / 16.4 km
    Grade/Class:Class 1
    Quality:5 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail
    Gear Used:
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear
Descent (To Destination) Statistics
    Gain on way in:900 ft / 274 m
    Loss on way in:2358 ft / 718 m
    Distance:4.8 mi / 7.7 km
    Route:Trail #70 / North Ridge
    Start Trailhead:Timber Peak  10510 ft / 3203 m
    Time:2 Hours 44 Minutes
Ascent (From Destination) Statistics
    Loss on way out:1200 ft / 365 m
    Gain on way out:2128 ft / 648 m
    Distance:5.4 mi / 8.7 km
    Route:Trail #70
    End Trailhead:Trail #70 Trailhead  9980 ft / 3041 m
    Time:2 Hours 57 Minutes
Ascent Part of Trip: Magdalenas (0 nights total away from roads)

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Timber Peak2013-08-10630 ft / 192 m
2Italian Peak2013-08-103028 ft / 923 m
Total Trip Gain: 3658 ft / 1115 m    Total Trip Loss: 3558 ft / 1084 m

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