Ascent of Gallo Peak-Southwest Ridge on 2000-12-23

Climber: Richard Carey

Date:Saturday, December 23, 2000
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Gallo Peak-Southwest Ridge
    Location:USA-New Mexico
    Elevation:8960 ft / 2731 m

Ascent Trip Report

High point of Valencia County, NM.

From Main St. in Belen take highway 47 east. Drive for 2.4 miles crossing the Rio Grande to a stoplight and junction with highway 309. Turn right and continue on highway 47 for 2.1 miles to an unmarked road on the left with a pair of stucco pillars. Reset your odometer and turn left on this good, graded dirt road. The road is nearly straight for 8.2 miles where you turn left and head north. After another 3.2 miles driving north turn right and head toward the mountain. After 7.0 miles (18.4 miles total) you will enter the John F. Kennedy campground. Go to the parking area on the east side. There are two trails leaving here. Take the Salas Trail #184 going south along the western slope of the range. The trail goes for about two miles slightly up and down before really heading up the mountain. The hike is about five miles one-way until you reach the ridge where the county high point is located. There are no signs and one must go off trail a short distance to find the cairn and register. Use a GPS receiver or altimeter to make sure you are at the right spot to leave the trail. The hike takes about 3 hours for the ascent and about 2 hours to return. Total distance is 10 miles with a gain of 2800 feet. 12/00 RLC
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