Ascent of Penitente Peak on 2020-06-20
|Others in Party:||Rayleigh Anthony |
----Only Party on Mountain
|Date:||Saturday, June 20, 2020|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Motorized Transport to Trailhead:||Car|
| Location:||USA-New Mexico|
| Elevation:||12249 ft / 3733 m|
Ascent Trip ReportFrom the saddle with Lake Peak, we encountered a small snow field. While Rayleigh enjoyed romping around in the snow, Christina traversed the field to the west. From here, it was a straight shot up a grassy slope to the rounded summit of Penitente.
The views of Lake Peak from Penitente were nice, and I would argue that Penitente was my second favorite summit of the day.
We retraced our route back to the top of the Ski Area - this time following the Skyline trail in it's entirety and not getting off route the two times I did on the ascent trip. The crux of all this is the class 2 up and down climb just north of Deception Peak.
Once at the top of the ski area, we took FR150 for about 4 miles back to the intersection with the Tesuque Creek trail.
This was a nice day-hike - although we hit 4 named peaks, only Lake has enough prominence to count. I would probably pass on doing Tesuque Peak again, instead opting to just take FR150 to the Skyline and head straight for Deception. Penitenti is a worthwhile venture and I do like the section of the Skyline trail from Lake to it - I would summit it again.
|Summary Total Data|
| Total Elevation Gain:||299 ft / 90 m|
| Total Elevation Loss:||2749 ft / 837 m|
| Round-Trip Distance:||7.3 mi / 11.7 km|
| Grade/Class:||Class 2 (Descent)|
| Quality:||5 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)|
| Route Conditions:||Road Hike, Maintained Trail, Open Country, Scramble|
| Gear Used:||Animal/Pet|
| Weather:||Pleasant, Breezy, Clear|
| Gain on way in:||99 ft / 30 m|
| Distance:||0.2 mi / 0.3 km|
| Route:||Skyline Trail/ Open grass hill|
| Start Trailhead:||Saddle with Lake Peak 12150 ft / 3703 m|
| Time:||14 Minutes|
| Loss on way out:||2749 ft / 837 m|
| Loss Breakdown:||Net: 2549 ft / 777 m; Extra: 200 ft / 60m|
| Gain on way out:||200 ft / 60 m|
| Distance:||7.1 mi / 11.4 km|
| Route:||Skyline Trail/ FR150/ Tesuque Creek (152)|
| End Trailhead:||Big Tesuque Campground 9700 ft / 2956 m|
| Time:||2 Hours 58 Minutes|
|Ascent Part of Trip: Santa Fe Ski Area Peaks (0 nights total away from roads)|
Complete Trip Sequence:
Total Trip Gain: 3375 ft / 1028 m Total Trip Loss: 3358 ft / 1023 m
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