Ascent of La Madre Mountain on 2009-11-01

Climber: Eric Kassan

Others in Party:Annette Kinsman
Date:Sunday, November 1, 2009
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:La Madre Mountain
    Elevation:8154 ft / 2485 m

Ascent Trip Report

I was very surprised not to see signs of a trail from the end of the jeep road that approaches from the north. That said, we crossed the wash to the east of the end of the jeep road and climbed the ridge on the east. From there, we followed that ridge line to the summit. There were a couple of class 3 patches, but nothing too difficult. There were several patches with cliffs (descending) on either side, but if one keeps on the ridgeline, a way through appears. There was also a beautiful rock rib just below the summit (still on this north ridge) which offered a fun class 2/3 climb that was a nice relief from bushwhacking and loose ground.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:3199 ft / 974 m
    Extra Gain:25 ft / 7 m
    Distance:10 mi / 16.1 km
    Route:North Ridge
    Trailhead:Harris Springs Road @ 5005 ft  5005 ft / 1525 m
    Quality:5 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Open Country, Bushwhack, Scramble
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles

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