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Ascent of Madre Mountain on 1997-05-24

Climber: Richard Carey

Date:Saturday, May 24, 1997
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Madre Mountain
    Location:USA-New Mexico
    Elevation:9556 ft / 2912 m

Ascent Trip Report

Madre Mountain can be hiked from the west side starting from Monument Saddle on Forest Road #6. From the town of Datil drive about 9 miles northwest on highway 60 to a cattle guard on the right (north) side. It is also about 12 miles west of Pie Town. This was unmarked at the time and is the start of route #6 going up Davenport Canyon. Follow this fair dirt road along the valley and at 1.3 miles go right at a fork. After 2.8 miles go straight at a junction on the right leading to Davenport Lookout. Then at 3.8 miles park by a cattle guard in the road at Monument Saddle. There are two granite tombstones about a hundred feet to the west. UTM at the saddle is: 231530E, 3798800N. Madre Mountain is on a bearing of 88 degrees from here and is not visible. Hike east from the saddle up a slope through the forest to the start of ridge going generally east to northeast. Stay on the ridge top as you head east to avoid brush and fallen timber on the slopes. You may find a faint use trail in some places along the ridge. After a mile or so the pyramid-shaped summit of Madre Mountain which is devoid of trees on its western slope will come into view across a canyon. Travel north and curve around on a ridge to avoid dropping into the canyon and go up the easy north slope to the summit. The hike is 4 miles round-trip with an elevation gain of 1150 ft. The ascent takes about 1 1/2 hours and the return hike can be done in about 1 hour. 5/97 RLC
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