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Benji5smithAn easy hike  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 11, 2014

Benji5smith

The hike up was not very difficult; the hardest part was finding and staying on the (suggested) trail. It's nice hiking on through the forest on the way up, and the meadows at the top were awesome. There was only one wind shield at the top.
Posted Sep 3, 2014 4:37 pm

GarethSouth Ridge  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 11, 2012

Gareth

Good hike. My first NM 12er.
Posted Aug 12, 2012 11:03 pm

ADHDassassinFrom the Corral
Date Climbed: Jul 29, 2007
Flew a dollar store, Disney Princess Kite from the peak.
Posted Oct 20, 2009 4:00 pm

Alex WoodSwacked Up It  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 27, 2009

Alex Wood

Hiked it from Clayton Corrals with Kilian and Caleb on a day off. We started at 10:00am and made the summit at 12:30pm. It was a miserable swack once the fence started going in the wrong direction. They say to follow the fences but the fences go in all directions. Great day with steller views. One of my favorite peaks for sure. We saw a bear on the way up and LOTS of elk.
Posted Jul 27, 2009 11:06 pm

surgentHiked in 2003  Sucess!

surgent

Hiked with my wife in early Fall 2003. One of my last of the 33 New Mexico County HPs. Beautiful area!
Posted Oct 11, 2006 3:21 pm

weeds19Corral and up!  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 6, 2006

weeds19

A long drive in from either direction is rewarded by awesome views along the grassy summit ridge. We saw a number of elk on our way out and even managed to capture a 10 second video of 6 of them as they ran by us at a distance of 50m.
Posted Oct 9, 2006 10:16 pm

CortezRoute Climbed: Corral Route Date Climbed: August 13 2005  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 13, 2005

Cortez

This is a wonderful and isolated mountain that rarely receives human visiters. The potential for wildlife viewing is high in this remote region of the Valle Vidal. This is one of my favorite mountains. The first mile is steep as you work your way through the meadow up to the steep forested ridge. We followed the old county line barbed wire fence almost to treeline. Once above treeline the temp. fell dramatically and the wind picked up. The clouds shrouded the mountains and somewhat limited our views but, in the end did not take away from the grandeur of this mountain. Little Costilla is New Mexico!



PROTECT the VALLE VIDAL!!!
Posted Aug 16, 2005 2:19 pm

jomalRoute Climbed: Corral Route Date Climbed: August 03  Sucess!

jomal

Me and two other rangers climbed this mountain on the spur of the moment on a day off.

When we got there we realized we had forgotten both our compasses and flashlights (it was already 3) but we still went on. It was a beautiful hike up, saw a mountain goat, but we were forced to descend quickly because of a storm. We descended with no light following the barbed wire fence which dissappeared frequently. Got some moon towards the end, but it just showed ghostly white aspens backed by a storm darker than the night sky around it. Got hammered for the last bit, but we made it!
Posted Nov 21, 2003 3:10 am

adepasRoute Climbed: From the Corral Date Climbed: July 20, 2001  Sucess!
Philmont Rayado trek 717-RM3 2001



We began close to the Corral (west of Shuree Ponds in the Valle Vidal), where we hiked up through a meadow to the county fenceline along a ridge to the south of the mountain. We continued along the ridge, above the treeline and over four or five false peaks before reaching the summit. There were glorious views into Colorado and toward the west. We hiked down the ravine to Elk Meadows where we spent the night. This place is awesome!
Posted Aug 5, 2002 8:26 pm

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