Ascent of Ladrones Benchmark on 2016-09-24
|Other People:||Solo Ascent|
Only Party on Mountain
|Date:||Saturday, September 24, 2016|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Motorized Transport to Trailhead:||Car|
| Location:||USA-New Mexico|
| Elevation:||9210 ft / 2807 m|
Ascent Trip ReportDrove my car all the way up to 6500 ft. Surely the two guys in the truck I passed on the way up thought I was a lunatic - the road is pretty bad.
Once I left the dirt road and began following the arroyo, there is basically nothing even resembling a trail. There are lots of trees fallen across the arroyo, so following that was a nightmare. Had to keep climbing up to get around a log or some other clump of dead vegetation.
Eventually, I left the arroyo and climbed up to the saddle between the NW ridge and Peak 7885, followed by the climb up to the ridge itself. From this point, it's mostly a proper scramble, so progress was very slow. My view of the summit was continuously blocked by several rock pinnacles, so I was surprised when I reached the summit when I thought I was still quite a ways off. Definitely class 3, but nothing particularly dangerous. The hardest part was a bushwack/scramble combo around 8800 ft - though it was nice to see the miniature gambel oaks in their fall colors.
Route finding was more difficult on the way down...probably because I couldn't tell whether the edge of a rock was a gentle slope or several hundred foot drop.
|Summary Total Data|
| Total Elevation Gain:||2648 ft / 807 m|
| Round-Trip Distance:||5.8 mi / 9.3 km|
| Route:||NW ridge|
| Trailhead:||6562 ft / 2000 m|
| Grade/Class:||Class 3|
| Quality:||9 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)|
| Route Conditions:||Road Hike, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Bushwhack, Scramble, Exposed Scramble|
| Weather:||Pleasant, Windy, Clear|
| Time:||2 Hours 35 Minutes|
| Time:||2 Hours 20 Minutes|
|GPS Data for Ascent/Trip|
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