Ascent of Lobo Peak on 2009-06-27

Climber: Phil Robinson

Others in Party:My wife Linda and dog Daisy
Date:Saturday, June 27, 2009
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Lobo Peak
    Location:USA-New Mexico
    Elevation:12115 ft / 3692 m

Ascent Trip Report

On Saturday morning June 27, 2009 I got up at 4:00 AM to hike Lobo Peak. It has an elevation of 12,115 feet. For the first time my wife Linda decided to give one of these northern New Mexico alpine peaks a try. We also took along our dog Daisy. I took a 13 pound pack which included 4 pounds of water. We left the house at 4:45 and went to trail number 59. It was in the Manzanita Canyon just before getting to Taos ski area. We started hiking at about 8:10 at an elevation of 8400 feet. It was a very beautiful canyon with a rushing stream next to us. It was so lush it felt like we were in a rainforest. We walked next to the stream, having to cross it back and forth quite a number of times. We walked by the stream for about half of the way up. At one point the stream divided and we were on what I called “stereo ridge.” You could hear streams on each side of the ridge, in each ear, in stereo. We stopped for a snack and Linda was getting tired so I carried her pack for the rest of the trip. We reached the end of the canyon and came to an area with quite a bit of snow. The trail was hard to see, so I used tree markings and my GPS to get to the ridge line. We hiked along the ridge until we reached the top. I was surprised that Linda made it. She had thought about stopping while I went to the top, but she ended up making it! It was about a 5 mile hike up with at vertical assent of about 3700 feet. We made it a little after 1:00, after 5 hours of hiking. The weather was clear and cool and we enjoyed the incredible views in all directions. We started our decent, going the same way back. We stopped a couple of times for a snack then reached our car at about 4:40 PM. The total hike was about 10 miles and we returned after about 8 and ½ hours of hiking. Linda was really worn out and sore and I could also feel that I had just gotten a really good workout.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:3700 ft / 1127 m
    Total Elevation Loss:3700 ft / 1127 m
    Round-Trip Distance:10 mi / 16.1 km
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:3700 ft / 1127 m
    Distance:5 mi / 8.1 km
    Route:Manzanita Canyon to ridge line
    Start Trailhead:Trail #58  8415 ft / 2564 m
    Time:5 Hours 
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:3700 ft / 1127 m
    Distance:5 mi / 8.1 km
    Route:Ridge line to Manzanita Canyon
    End Trailhead:Trail #58  8415 ft / 2564 m
    Time:3 Hours 30 Minutes
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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