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Kachina Peak North Ridge

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A moderate climb mostly above treeline.


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0.8

Miles

1.2

KM

Ascent

12,467' 3,800 m

High

11,814' 3,601 m

Low

652' 199 m

Up

115' 35 m

Down

19%

Avg Slope (11°)

36%

Max Slope (20°)
Type: In Bounds (completely inside ski area boundary)

Description

Before the Kachina Peak Lift was built during 2015, this was the main access route to the mountain's summit. After the ski area closes for the season, this route is commonly accessed by skinning or hiking to the top of Lift 4 then bootpacking up above the patrol hut.

From the top of Corner Chute on Highline Ridge, continue southwards; when the ski area is open, there's a gate here that may be closed. Follow an ascending traverse on the west side of a rolling knob, then head slightly downhill to a saddle. Stay on the ridge as it contours up through the trees. You'll pass a small cabin, then the route opens onto the alpine ridge and rises above treeline. From here the ridge steepens and most of the climb is straightforward with a couple steeper pitches as you ascend above the K Chutes. The ridge levels out near the top and gradually heads southeast towards the summit.

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J. Bella

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#14

in New Mexico

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Photos

Kachina Peak from Wheeler's north ridge
Jan 16, 2018 near Taos Sk…, NM
Young bighorn sheep on Kachina Peak's south ridge
Jan 24, 2018 near Taos Sk…, NM
R2D2 avalanche in K4.  Slides in the K Chutes can be much larger and often hit the uphill route
Jan 10, 2018 near Taos Sk…, NM
Taos Ski valley from Frazer Mountain
Feb 6, 2018 near Taos Sk…, NM
K Chutes, January 2nd 2018.
Jan 20, 2019 near Taos Sk…, NM

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