Ascent of Palomas Peak on 2020-04-04

Climber: William Musser

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Saturday, April 4, 2020
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Palomas Peak
    Location:USA-New Mexico
    Elevation:8685 ft / 2647 m

Ascent Trip Report

OK another track where my GPS did not recorded the entire trip I missed about a 0.2 mile segment going down so it was more like 3.7 miles. There is good parking for about 7 cars where my GPS started and a trail. Now this is well used by rock climbers and the limestone walls are bolted heavily for use. Up the trail there is a junction where others have decided to either stay low or go high. I could see many have made the same mistake I have by staying low. In part because the rock climbers have logged off the junction to make you turn and stay low to their awesome climbing routes. Although the trail past their climbing routes is beautiful it is a mistake and I will explain.

At the junction the two trails are not obvious and a tree fell down over them making it more confusing. The logs indicated stay low and you pick up the trail and it is wonderful now to the rock climbers but eventually it dead-ends. Along that trail is wonderful as it is a hidden shelf jut below the class 5 cliffs of limestone and often overhanging you but soon instead of slowly climbing up the wall you start to follow the wall downhill! At some point this great trail dies out and there is a breach in the class 5 wall and you can find a weakness where you can climb the limestone up an easy class 2+ but at the top after seeing the last bolt where did the trails go? From here it is either hike all the way back to the junction or bushwhack steep nasty Gamble oak thicket that was only 3 to 4 feet high but as thick and nasty as any I have endured.

I was not going back and I was following the GPS of Eric Smith who made the same mistake as me! Follow the GPS of Bob Keranen which is the peakbaggers route not the rock climbers route!. The good news is once you find the summit (or just before it) there are trails again. I followed the ridge line back down as did Eric and Bob and it is well cairned and despite the damn log at the junction the way to peak bag this bad boy. Unless you love Gamble oak thickets do not go under and around like I did!

This adventure took 3.5 miles and over 1200 feet of gain and took 1 hour and 35 minutes

Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1243 ft / 378 m
    Total Elevation Loss:515 ft / 156 m
    Round-Trip Distance:3.7 mi / 6 km
    Quality:6 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Bushwhack, Scramble
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:1048 ft / 319 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 728 ft / 222 m; Extra: 320 ft / 97m
    Loss on way in:320 ft / 97 m
    Distance:2 mi / 3.2 km
    Route:see GPS track
    Start Trailhead:See GPS  7957 ft / 2425 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:195 ft / 59 m
    Gain on way out:195 ft / 59 m
    Distance:1.7 mi / 2.7 km
    Route:see GPS track
Ascent Part of Trip: Albuquerque-2

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Tetilla Peak2020-04-02658 ft / 201 m
2Cedro Peak2020-04-03 00361 ft / 110 m
3Sandia Crest2020-04-03 a996 ft / 304 m
4Capulin Peak2020-04-03 b279 ft / 85 m
6Cedro Peak2020-04-04 a392 ft / 119 m
7Black Volcano2020-04-04 b334 ft / 102 m
8Palomas Peak2020-04-04 c1243 ft / 379 m
10Tecolote Peak2020-04-04 d508 ft / 155 m
11Cedro Peak2020-04-05 a302 ft / 92 m
12Peak 68402020-04-05 b919 ft / 280 m
13Cibola NF Peak 67202020-04-05 c595 ft / 181 m
15Manzano Open Space Pinnacle 2020-04-05 d315 ft / 96 m
Total Trip Gain: 6902 ft / 2104 m    Total Trip Loss: 2095 ft / 638 m
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

 GPS Waypoints - Hover or click to see name and lat/long
Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by William Musser
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