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Cookes Peak from 4WD THSouthwest, NM
Southwest, NM
Hiking avatar Aug 24 2016
JuanJaimeiii
Hiking5.64 Miles 2,623 AEG
Hiking5.64 Miles   2 Hrs   33 Mns   2.33 mph
2,623 ft AEG      8 Mns Break
 
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Today I had to go to Hatch, NM to make a Chile run. On several previous trips over and back I have eyed Cookes Peak and this time I decided to add it to the days journey. I left Phoenix a little after 7am in my Enterprise Rent-a-Van. Got to Hatch, loaded up on Chiles and then had lunch. Afterwards it was a 32 mile drive down the Hatch Highway to where I made my turn onto a very nice dirt road. The road number is A019 and is in-between Mile Marker 14 and 15.

This road heads west towards the Peak. After about 13 miles you get to a left turn and that is what is considered the 4WD road. I drove the van up the road about a mile and a half towards the trailhead. At this point I decided it would be best to just park it and start hiking. The total distance to the TH from the turn is 2.2 miles so I didn't have far to go.

Once at the trailhead I followed the faint trail which winds in and out of a ravine up the hill. After a good mile or more I lost the trail and just headed straight up a scree slope towards the eastern face of Cookes. Once at the base of the rock face I just started to scramble up the side taking the best route I could find. This went well except at one point some rock pulled away and almost took me with it. :o Pretty sure that is the fastest my heart has beat all year long. Once I was back to a normal heart rate I continued up the side of the rock. Shortly thereafter I topped out and from there it was an easy walk up to the highpoint. The summit has a stack of rocks and an old register.

Seeing rain in the distance I didn't stay long. The route back down was easy peasy since I stayed on the actual trail the whole time.

I got a late start on this one today. Didn't get going until 3:44pm local time. It took an 1:23 to reach the summit and 1:10 to return. Back at the van I notice the remains of an old rock house. Great summit with killer views in all directions.

Maybe I will hit the Florida Mountains on my next trip? They always look cool to me. Very rough and jagged.
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