Ascent of Cerro Venado Blanco on 1995-05-30

Climber: Richard Carey

Date:Tuesday, May 30, 1995
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Cerro Venado Blanco
    Elevation:9219 ft / 2809 m

Ascent Trip Report

Venado Blanco is Spanish for white deer. Possibly named because someone saw such an animal at one time. All of the deer usually seen in the area are the characteristic light-brown color. The peak is not correctly located on the Mexican topo map. Use the UTM coordinates to correctly place the peak on the map.

Cerro Venado Blanco is located in the Parque Nacional Sierra San Pedro Martir. If a ranger is present at the entrance station your are requested to sign in. No fee is charged, but a contribution is much appreciated. Camping is allowed most anywhere, do not cut any trees as downed firewood is plentiful and pack out all trash. There are no water sources for the public.

The summit is not correctly placed on the Mexican topo map. UTM at the summit is: 644200E, 3440600N, NAD27, zone 11R.

Take highway 1 south of Ensenada to the town of Colonet (76 miles or 123 km) About 6 miles south of Colonet turn east onto a good dirt road with a sign indicating the Observatorio and the Meling Rancho. From here note the following mileages: 5.5 mi. reach San Telmo, 11.9 mi. reach Ejido Sinaloa, 17.2 mi. go straight at a fork, 28.5 mi. a cattle guard, 30.6 mi. (km 49 post) go right, 31 mi. go left at Rancho Meling sign. After crossing a large wash north of Rancho Meling the road climbs steeply and reaches the park entrance gate at 49.1 miles. From here it is 10.6 miles to a turnoff at a sign "Campo Forestal". Turn left here down a slope and then left and then back to the right in about 0.2 mile to a ramshackle workers camp. Continue through the camp turning left (north) on a fair to poor road. The road is not maintained and 4WD is needed to get by some fallen logs you may encounter. Go 4.4 miles to the end of the road at a corral and shack by a seasonal stream. UTM here is 642640E, 3437710N (NAD27). The summit is on a bearing of 30 degrees from here and is behind the jagged ridge you see. Hike north along the stream bed and turn right after about 250 ft. and then left shortly thereafter up another drainage. Ascend a hill at the end of the drainage to a level, forested area where you can find a cow path that is ducked and continues north to a saddle at UTM 642600E, 3439250N. Follow a ducked route NNE to a meadow and then NNW to an east-west drainage that is west of the summit. UTM here is 642480E, 3440610N. Go east from here up steep, rocky slopes to the top about 1.1 mile away. Round-trip distance is 6.2 miles (10 km) with a gain of 1800 ft. (550 m). Allow 4 hours to ascend and 3 hours to return if you don't get lost! 5/95 RLC
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