Ascent of Kachina Peak on 2009-08-22
|Others in Party:||My dog Daisy|
|Date:||Saturday, August 22, 2009|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Location:||USA-New Mexico|
| Elevation:||12481 ft / 3804 m|
Ascent Trip ReportOn Saturday morning August 22, 2009 I left the house with my dog Daisy at 4:30 AM to hike Kachina Peak. I had a small 9 pound daypack with water, food and emergency items. Daisy had a small day pack with water and a leash. The peak is south of Taos Ski area in Northern New Mexico. I parked in the Williams Lake trail head parking area. The elevation was 10,261 feet. There was no trail to follow to Kachina Peak so my plan was to bushwhack straight up the mountain. It was a beautiful, cool, clear morning and I started towards the mountain top at about 7:45. The entire 2 hour trip to the top was a “stair-stepper” leg burner with lots of standing second-wind stops. On the way up I saw a little pika with big ears in the grass. I followed a ski lift to Kachina bowl, at times going up a black diamond run, and then headed straight to the top of the mountain, getting there at 9:45. The distance on my GPS said 1.4 miles. The elevation was 12,481, an elevation gain of 2,220 feet. The views were spectacular in all directions. At the top was a pole with a rope leading to the ground which had many colorful pieces of cloth and bandanas tied to it. The pole greatly distressed my dog for a period of time, barking at it until she became brave enough to come close and give it a good sniff. I took lots of pictures, ate some and walked around the top for a period of time. I was going to head back a different dirrection, towards the east. I came across cliffs so I decided to head back the same way. Going down was a little tough on the ankles. I returned to the parking area at 12:15. The GPS said I had gone 3.1 miles. I headed home after getting some great exercise.
|Summary Total Data|
| Total Elevation Gain:||2220 ft / 676 m|
| Round-Trip Distance:||3.1 mi / 5 km|
| Route Conditions:||Open Country, Bushwhack, Scramble|
| Weather:||Clear and cool|
| Gain on way in:||2220 ft / 676 m|
| Distance:||1.4 mi / 2.2 km|
| Route:||Straight up the mountain|
| Start Trailhead:||Williams Lake Parking Area 10261 ft / 3127 m|
| Distance:||1.7 mi / 2.7 km|
|GPS Data for Ascent/Trip|
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