Ascent of Red Dome on 2017-06-29

Climber: Fred Brown

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Thursday, June 29, 2017
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Red Dome
    Location:USA-New Mexico
    Elevation:12661 ft / 3859 m

Ascent Trip Report

Did the standard hike to Wheeler using the Williams Lake Trail. Then from Wheeler I hiked down to what Google Maps calls the "Twining Blue Lake Pack Trail" which heads south towards Old Mike Peak and beyond. Enroute I stopped at Simpson Peak. Once past Simpson Peak you will encounter a sign post (unreadable sign) and the pack trail will break off to the hiker's right. Here I kept to the ridgeline so I could tag Old Mike. From there I continued following a faint ridgeline trail toward Red Dome. On the return trip I departed from that route somewhat, I didn't go back to the top of Old Mike, instead traversed across it.

One issue that needs to be addressed on this route deals with Taos Pueblo tribal lands. There are no issues with tribal lands until you go east past Old Mike. If you stick to the ridgeline your okay but if you descend to the south (like down to the obvious pack trail below) you encounter tribal lands. There are no signs or other demarcation identifying markers for Taos Pueblo lands but if you study the map you will see a "potential trespass" issue between Old Mike and Red Dome if you leave the ridgeline.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:711 ft / 216 m
    Total Elevation Loss:1163 ft / 354 m
    Round-Trip Distance:2.4 mi / 3.9 km
    Route Conditions:
Unmaintained Trail, Open Country
    Weather:Cool, Extremely Windy
Descent (To Destination) Statistics
    Gain on way in:221 ft / 67 m
    Loss on way in:673 ft / 205 m
    Distance:1.2 mi / 1.9 km
    Route:Ridgeline Trail
    Start Trailhead:Old Mike Peak  13113 ft / 3996 m
    Time:30 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:490 ft / 149 m
    Gain on way out:490 ft / 149 m
    Distance:1.2 mi / 1.9 km
    Route:Ridgeline Trail
    End Trailhead:Red Dome  12661 ft / 3859 m
    Time:30 Minutes
Ascent Part of Trip: Wheeler-Simp-Mike-Dome

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Wheeler Peak2017-06-29 a2961 ft / 903 m
2Simpson Peak2017-06-29 b109 ft / 33 m
3Old Mike Peak2017-06-29 c377 ft / 115 m
4Red Dome2017-06-29 d711 ft / 217 m
Total Trip Gain: 4158 ft / 1268 m    Total Trip Loss: 1697 ft / 517 m

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