Ascent of Polvadera Mountain on 2016-10-08

Climber: Thomas Denham

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Saturday, October 8, 2016
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Polvadera Mountain
    Location:USA-New Mexico
    Elevation:7292 ft / 2222 m

Ascent Trip Report

From I-25, take exit 156 at Lemitar and head west. Head north on the frontage road for 0.6 miles. Look for a gate with a yellow sign on the left. The gate is open. Drive down this dirt road for about 0.25 miles, then take the right fork. Continue for 0.65 miles, then make a right along the power lines. I would recommend high ground clearance for this 0.85 mile section. Along this road is a "gate"...really just a wire fence attached to some wooden posts. It was a bit difficult, but I managed to slide the wire off the right gateposts so that the whole fence could be moved. The final section is a smoother 1.75 mile road that takes you to the tower, where I parked.

Follow this dirt road past the tower until it runs into an arroyo. 0.5 miles after entering the arroyo, take the old road on the SW side. This winds its way up the mountain to 6800 ft. From here, I hiked straight up the NE slope of the peak, following trails when I could. Great views of the Magdalenas and Ladrones as well as the Rio Grande Valley. Summit register in a jar at the top. Saw someone making their way up from the summit, but somehow our paths never met.

Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1896 ft / 577 m
    Round-Trip Distance:5 mi / 8 km
    Route:Dirt road
    Trailhead:Microwave Tower  5396 ft / 1644 m
    Grade/Class:Class 1
    Quality:5 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Overcast
Ascent Statistics
    Time:1 Hours 42 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time:54 Minutes
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Thomas Denham
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