Ascent of Cedro Peak on 2014-10-25

Climber: Phil Robinson

Others in Party:Just me
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Saturday, October 25, 2014
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Cedro Peak
    Location:USA-New Mexico
    Elevation:7767 ft / 2367 m

Ascent Trip Report

At the moment I am not interested in hiking any New Mexico peaks unless they are 10,800 feet in elevation and above. Although, I am somewhat interested in hiking peaks that are close to home, that do not take a drive to get to the starting point. I started hiking at 7:30 in the morning, October 25, 2014, from the Canyon Estates Trailhead. It was a cool morning in the mid 40’s. The starting elevation was 6575 feet. I hiked a little bit up the trail then bushwhacked immediately to the south to catch a new open space trail. It was a beautiful forested hike. I continued south to the open space parking area then followed a dirt road into Tijeras, New Mexico. This was the lowest point in elevation on the hike, 6200 feet. Very rarely do I hike on roads, much less paved roads, but from my starting point I did not have much choice. I hiked through Tijeras, then south on highway 337 to the National Forest Service Ranger Station. Just south of the ranger station I hiked southeast into the forest making a beeline for the peak. There were lots of ups and downs. I followed a trail here and there, then came to the firebreak and followed it directly to the peak. I thought this peak was going to be a baby peak, compared to the peaks I have been hiking, but it was a pretty good little workout. I arrived at the peak after hiking 5 miles and it took me 2 hours and 25 minutes. My peakbagging dog and buddy Daisy died because of my last hiking adventure, hiking Taos Peak and Peak 11,202. We did 38 peaks together. (See the story of her death on those 2 peak’s trip reports and see Lake Peak to see her on the front page of the Sunday Albuquerque Journal, August 10, 2014) This would have been the next peak I would have hiked with Daisy, so I spread half her ashes on the peak, and later, half of her ashes on our acre of land. I followed the ridge to the west to capture a peak bump then found a nice ridge trail that led to highway 337. The day was perfect day for hiking. It was pleasantly cool, windless and a perfectly clear autumn day. I could see golden in the changing leaves as I hiked along. Following the ridge led me a little further away, and when I reached the road I still had about 6 miles to my starting point. I followed the road some, but found in it much more pleasant to follow a trail near an empty stream bed. I could see the trail was used by lots of cyclists. I arrived back in Tijeras then continued up the new open space trail to the Canyon Estates Trailhead. The total hike was 13.4 miles and it took 5 hours and 30 minutes to accomplish. I was surprised how much effort this “baby” peak took! The total elevation gain with the many ups and downs was 2,732 feet.
This is the last peak I am hiking this year. I hiked 28 difficult peaks, 19 of which I have never hiked before. I accomplished my goal of hiking all 69 of 12K and 13K peaks in New Mexico………..that are possible………..3 are not possible on the Taos Indian Reservation. I made a 3 day trip to Taos this year looking for permission or possibly a guide to pay, but was not able to find a way to hike the 3 peaks. This year’s hiking made it where I have 117 of the 138, 11,000 and above peaks in New Mexico. I hiked 31,691 total feet in elevation gain, more than any other year, and hiked 113 miles to get the 28 peaks, the second most miles hiked of any year.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2732 ft / 832 m
    Total Elevation Loss:1165 ft / 354 m
    Round-Trip Distance:13.4 mi / 21.6 km
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Bushwhack
    Weather:Cool, Calm, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:2082 ft / 634 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 1567 ft / 478 m; Extra: 515 ft / 156m
    Loss on way in:515 ft / 156 m
    Distance:5 mi / 8.1 km
    Route:Canyon Estates Trailhead straight SE to peak
    Start Trailhead:Canyon Estates Trailhead  6200 ft / 1889 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:650 ft / 198 m
    Gain on way out:650 ft / 198 m
    Distance:8.4 mi / 13.5 km
    End Trailhead:Canyon Estates Trailhead  
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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