Bearwallow Mountain

A brutal road to Bearwallow Mountain in NM

Bearwallow Mountain is a high mountain peak at an elevation of 3.039m (9,970ft) above the sea level, located in Catron County, in the U.S. state of New Mexico. It’s one of the highest mountain roads of New Mexico.

Set high in the Gila National Forest, the road to the summit is totally unpaved, gravel and rocky. It’s called Bearwallow Fire Road. Accessibility is largely limited to the summer season. It is not generally snow-free until late June or even July in some years. At the summit there’s a lookout tower built in 1940.
The road is pretty steep. Starting at Bursum Road, the ascent is 12.39km (7.7 miles) long, with an elevation gain of 351 meters. The average gradient is 2.83%, hitting a 13.5%% of maximum gradient through some of the ramps. 4x4 vehicle required.
Pic&more info: http://abell.as.arizona.edu/~hill/4x4/bearwallow14/index.html

 

 

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