Ascent of El Cerro de Las Lunas on 2017-04-19

Climber: Fred Brown

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Wednesday, April 19, 2017
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:El Cerro de Las Lunas
    Location:USA-New Mexico
    Elevation:5955 ft / 1815 m

Ascent Trip Report

I was headed back to Albuquerque after hitting South Baldy and Timber Peak in the Magdalenas and decided to stop and hike El Cerro de Las Lunas. From the open space parking lot just off NM-6 I took the Trailhead Trail for a mile then got on use trails that eventually took me to the HP. From the top I noticed it would be easier to use the western section of the Overlook Trail for the return trip. The Overlook Trail is sandy but is wide and easy to follow without all the ups and downs of the various use trails. A real plus is the view of the bowl below since it follows the rim. While on this trail you will encounter a picnic table under a shade structure with a trail leading down to the bowl below. I'd advise not to take this trail and instead proceed a little further down the Overlook Trail to a dirt road that heads down to the bowl. No steps and it takes you to the Trailhead Trail. Sand is an issue in this area so there's no way around it regardless of the route. It makes for a good workout in any case. After I got back home I pulled up a map of the open space and noticed there is an proposed park entrance planned for the open space on the east side of the mountain near the end of the road: Hunting Ranch Loop SW. Anyone interested in hitting the HP should look at driving through the housing development to the area noted on the map and proceed from there which would be far shorter than the route from the US-6 parking lot.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:755 ft / 230 m
    Total Elevation Loss:755 ft / 230 m
    Round-Trip Distance:6 mi / 9.7 km
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:755 ft / 230 m
    Distance:3 mi / 4.8 km
    Route:Trail Head Trail to Use Trails
    Start Trailhead:Open Space Parking Lot  5200 ft / 1584 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:755 ft / 230 m
    Distance:3 mi / 4.8 km
    Route:Overlook Trail
    End Trailhead:Open Space Parking Lot  5200 ft / 1584 m

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