Ascent of Lost Peak on 2014-10-06

Climber: Brad Repass

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Monday, October 6, 2014
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Lost Peak
    Elevation:7830 ft / 2386 m

Ascent Trip Report

Spent previous evening at Dog Canyon Campground- sixty miles from the highway - beautiful wooded isolation. The only other campers were headed home - a retired couple, they had made it up to the ridge before summit the previous Saturday but reported they could not get up the last 200-300 foot of elevation through off trail tough terrain. Beautiful day hit the trail head about 830 a.m.

Tejas Trail is in excellent shape the first mile or so as you gradually climb about 400 ft along a wooded dry creek bed. Some early fall color was present. After crossing the dry creek bed the second time the trail gets steeper and you break out above the trees shortly thereafter. From that point the trail is very rocky and rough - recent flooding no doubt a factor. The rest of the way up to the summit ridge requires some moderate climbing with some nice views of the canyon below and the Bush Mountain Trail one ridge over. As you near the top the trail ultimately winds around the summit and begins a slight descent - I went another 100 yds or so having looked the previous quarter mile for any sort of deer path or access to the summit. Gave up and bushwhacked my way for about 250 yards and up maybe 150 feet to the summit. Deep grass due to recent rains all over small boulder field and all kinds of cacti. Long pants a must for this stage. Respectful but not fearful of snakes yet I must say this terrain made me a little nervous. However the only wildlife I encountered at this stage was a skunk feet from the summit who sprayed and missed. There is a cairn and ammo box with register. Signed in - only about 12-14 had registered this year and mine was the third registered ascent since July.

Ate lunch and just soaked in the sun and view for close to two hours. Good view of Bush Mountain, Mckittrick Ridge ( closed due to flood damage -Ranger told me 9 inches of rain in one day and 8 foot waves on McKittrick Creek!). Headed down and saw several deer at the bottom of the canyon in the trailhead area woods where the afternoon shadows were already present . Spent the entire ascent, descent, and evening at the Dog Canyon campground without seeing another person.

Overall, not a terribly challenging hike except for the last few hundred feet. Views average to below average for Guadalupe, but if you just want to get away from it all, nice way to spend a day.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1350 ft / 411 m
    Round-Trip Distance:4.8 mi / 7.7 km
    Route:Tejas Trail
    Trailhead:Dog Canyon Campground  6480 ft / 1975 m
    Quality:3 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Bushwhack
    Weather:Pleasant, Breezy, Clear
Clear, 65-70
Ascent Statistics
    Time:3 Hours 5 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time:1 Hours 45 Minutes

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