Ascent of Madera Peak on 2019-07-10

Climber: Scott Surgent

Date:Wednesday, July 10, 2019
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Madera Peak
    Elevation:6647 ft / 2026 m

Ascent Trip Report

Started hiking at 5:10 a.m. to beat the heat. Took two hours to get to the summit, then a little under two hours to hike down. Just followed the road all the way up and down.

The road has two very steep segments: the first one starts at about 5500 feet elevation and climbs steeply to hill 6100 on the ridge northwest of the peak. There are two drops of 70 and 100 feet along this ridge. Then the second steep part that starts at 6140 feet and marches up to the communication tower. This last portion is absurdly steep, and the road tread is loose gravel so that slipping and sliding is likely ... and walking alongside the road in the forest is not really an option. Trekking poles are absolutely necessary.

Hike starts in open chaparral, then enters into scrub and manzanita, then the bigger pines at about 5800 feet. Good views of the mines near Miami and Globe from along the road. The road to the parking pullout is good, any passenger vehicle could drive it in dry conditions, but you need a detailed street map of Miami to find this road.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2467 ft / 751 m
    Extra Gain:170 ft / 51 m
    Round-Trip Distance:5.5 mi / 8.9 km
    Route:Old FR-580
    Trailhead:Road jct near Warnica CG  4520 ft / 1377 m
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles

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