Santa Fe Baldy, NM - North East Ridge
DESCRIPTION: A new route of a popular classic.
PEAK ELEVATION: 12600' / 3,840m
DATE: 6/7/2008
Next weekend we're planning to hit Santa Fe Baldy...but not from the normal route. Instead we'll be packing in to Lake Katherine and then climbing to the peak via the North East ridge. I'm not sure what to expect since we had near-record snowfall this year.
Well, we didn't go up that ridge because the east side of the saddle had a tremendous amount of snow and we didn't bring snowshoes or ice axes. We reached the summit via the normal trail and camped along the skyline trail above Puerto Nambe. Lake Katherine was completely frozen over, and that side of the mountain looked quite cold from the summit. Stay tuned for photos.