Ascent of Eagle Peak on 2014-11-13
|Other People:||Solo Ascent|
Only Party on Mountain
|Date:||Thursday, November 13, 2014|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Motorized Transport to Trailhead:||Car|
| Location:||USA-New Mexico|
| Elevation:||9786 ft / 2982 m|
Ascent Trip ReportOn New Mexico route 12, about 2.5 miles NE of Reserve, find the gravel road that is New Mexico route 233 and turn south. This junction is between mileposts 9 and 10 on highway 12. If you are coming from the east there is a sign indicating Eagle Peak LO - I'm not sure if there is a similar sign coming from the Reserve side.
Follow NM 233, which is always the larger, more traveled road at intersections, for a little over 12 miles to a fork. The right fork has a sign reading "Eagle Peak 5" - go right. Follow this road, which becomes a bit rougher and rockier, for just over 4 miles to a saddle at about 9340' elevation. Just beyond the saddle is a gate which was locked at the time of my visit. Walk the last 3/4-mile or so to the lookout.
There is a ford at about 3 miles from highway 12, and the last 4 miles of road is a bit rougher. If the water is low at the ford and if the road conditions are dry, I think a carefully drive passenger car can make it to the saddle and gate, but a vehicle with some clearance would probably be more comfortable. If the Tularosa River is running high the ford could be an issue, but it is paved under the water so with low flow it shouldn't be a problem for most cars.
|Summary Total Data|
| Total Elevation Gain:||426 ft / 129 m|
| Round-Trip Distance:||1.7 mi / 2.7 km|
| Route:||Lookout road|
| Trailhead:||Locked gate 9360 ft / 2852 m|
|GPS Data for Ascent/Trip|
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