Ascent of Taos Cone on 2007-09-15

Climber: Phil Robinson

Others in Party:Garret Robinson
Date:Saturday, September 15, 2007
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Taos Cone
    Location:USA-New Mexico
    Elevation:12240 ft / 3730 m

Ascent Trip Report

I went on this trip with my son Garret. We left on Sept. 14, 2007. We went through the town of Red River and arrived at the Wheeler Wilderness parking area. We hiked 5 1/2 miles, to the end of Sawmill Creek, with full backpacks. We set up our base camp in a forested area at the very end of the stream. The next morning we left early to conquer 4 mountain peaks. We used our GPS and headed to the top of Taos Cone. We had to pass through the "forest of fallen trees." It was an obstacle course to reach a clearing near the cone. Finally we were out and made Taos Cone, 12,240 feet. We headed towards Red Dome, when we were met with gun shots. We did not know we had crossed over into the Taos Indian Reservation. (Maybe a few signs?) We went back to talk. The Indian Reservation rangers gave us their card and said it would be OK to visit the peaks. We then did Red Dome, 12,661 feet, followed by the third highest peak in NM, Old Mike Peak, 13,113 feet, then over to Simpson Peak, 12976 feet. We then had to make the return trip to our base camp which included re-climbing some peaks. It was one of the hardest single day hikes we both have been done. We hiked 10 1/2 miles over a 9 hour and 15 minute time period. Sunday the 16th we packed up and headed back to the parking area. Beautiful country and beautiful vistas! We hiked a total of 21.6 miles for the 3 days.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2576 ft / 785 m
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Bushwhack
    Gear Used:
Tent Camp
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:2576 ft / 785 m
    Route:Wheeler Parking up Sawmill Creek up Eastern Ridge
    Start Trailhead:Pecos Wilderness Parking  9664 ft / 2945 m
Descent Statistics
Ascent Part of Trip: Saw Mill Creek Base (2 nights total away from roads)

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Taos Cone2007-09-15 a2576 ft / 785 m
2Red Dome2007-09-15 b851 ft / 259 m
3Old Mike Peak2007-09-15 c513 ft / 156 m
4Simpson Peak2007-09-15 d76 ft / 23 m
5Taos Cone2007-09-15 e160 ft / 49 m
Total Trip Gain: 4176 ft / 1272 m    Total Trip Loss: 491 ft / 150 m
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Phil Robinson
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