Ascent of No Agua Peak West on 2013-08-11

Climber: Richard Oestreicher

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Sunday, August 11, 2013
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:No Agua Peak West
    Location:USA-New Mexico
    Elevation:9140 ft / 2785 m

Ascent Trip Report

I turned off US285 just north of Tres Piedras on the BLM access road for Cerro del Aire. The road winds around, passes a derelict house, a turnoff to a Taos Sportsmens Club, and heads along a fence. It should be passable for most SUV's, but might be iffy for a low clearance car. After a gate through the fence, I hit an intersection in another quarter mile. Right heads to Cerro Del Aire, left to a wood gathering area. I headed left. In another 1.1 mi. I saw another sign for wood gathering ahead and a rough track running along a power line right of way to the left. This is the remnant of a jeep track, abandoned but still passable with the appropriate vehicle. In a mile you will reach the fence line marking the boundary of the mining company that owns the three No Agua Peaks. Normally there is a beehive of activity on the mountains. I once drove into the mine headquarters off 285 to ask permission to climb and was turned down for safety reasons. I noticed on that occasion that nearly the entire labor force appeared to be Hispanic, so I suspected they might not work on Sundays. Today is a Sunday, and the place was deader than a door nail.

After a fence hop a short bushwhack got me onto the mine roads which wind nearly to the top of the peak. Impressive views in all directions. The road up is littered with bit of obsidian, a volcanic glass often found in association with perlite, the mine's main product.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:707 ft / 214 m
    Total Elevation Loss:17 ft / 4 m
    Round-Trip Distance:3.1 mi / 5 km
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Bushwhack
    Weather:Pleasant, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:698 ft / 212 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 690 ft / 210 m; Extra: 8 ft / 2m
    Loss on way in:8 ft / 2 m
    Distance:1.8 mi / 2.8 km
    Start Trailhead:mine fence  8450 ft / 2575 m
    Time:43 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:9 ft / 2 m
    Gain on way out:9 ft / 2 m
    Distance:1.3 mi / 2.2 km
    Time:26 Minutes

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