Ascent of Peak 8280 on 2017-06-22

Climber: Phil Robinson

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Thursday, June 22, 2017
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Peak 8280
    Location:USA-New Mexico
    Elevation:8300 ft / 2529 m

Ascent Trip Report

Parking for Piedra Peak, elevation 8300, is located at the north end of Albuquerque, at the end of highway 333D, near the Juan Tabo picnic grounds. There is a parking area specifically for the trail. I started hiking at 6:50 AM, June 22, 2017. The starting elevation was 6945 feet. It was a clear morning with a temperature of 79 degrees. The start of the hike was somewhat confusing. It says there is a trail detour then points to the road east of the sign. I proceeded down the road. I did not look far enough to the east, on the other side of the road, and missed the starting trail. The start is somewhat hard to see in the bushes and small trees. At the end of the road I had to do some bushwhacking to get back to the trail. It is a very nice maintained trail all the way to the ridge. The hike is through a beautiful small forest with pinion pine, scrub oak, cedar and a few mixed ponderosa pines. The views on the entire hike are very nice of Albuquerque, the Rio Grande Valley and the surrounding mountains. Once you reach the ridge and head towards the west the trail gets harder to find. At times I was able to follow a fairly nice trail, then it would disappear. There are several rock cliffs on the way to the peak. I went over one and around the biggest. Going towards the peak, I went south of the biggest rock cliff and returning I went north of the cliff. They are both about the same difficulty, having to do some bushwhacking. The final assent to the peak is about 300 feet in elevation gain for the last .15 mile. My GPS said it was about at 34% grade. Towards the top I had to do some rock scrambling on a ridge, but it did not seem dangerous to me. I arrived at the top after hiking 2 hours and 8 minutes. The distance was 3.25 miles with an elevation gain of 1808 feet. The views are very nice in all directions. There was a peakbagging log in a jar which I signed. I stayed about 15 minutes then headed back. I returned pretty much the say way I had come. The day was heating up and it was 90 when I returned to the car. Today was expected to be Albuquerque’s hot day of the year with a temperature near 103. I was able to follow the trail back to the parking area rather than the road. My total hiking distance was 6.5 miles. The total up-down elevation gain was 2183 feet. My start to finish hike time was 4 hours and 15 minutes. Living so close, I was able to be home before noon. I am not really interested in hiking these lower elevation peaks, but after completing this one, I will only have one more to hike on Peakery’s “Albuquerque Home Court” list.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2183 ft / 665 m
    Total Elevation Loss:828 ft / 252 m
    Round-Trip Distance:6.5 mi / 10.5 km
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Bushwhack, Scramble
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:1808 ft / 551 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 1355 ft / 413 m; Extra: 453 ft / 138m
    Loss on way in:453 ft / 138 m
    Distance:3.2 mi / 5.2 km
    Route:From Parking Area Followed Trail North
    Start Trailhead:Piedra Parking Area  6945 ft / 2116 m
    Time:2 Hours 8 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:375 ft / 114 m
    Gain on way out:375 ft / 114 m
    Distance:3.2 mi / 5.2 km
    Time:1 Hours 50 Minutes
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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