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Ascent of Penitente Peak on 2020-06-20

Climber: Rob Anthony

Others in Party:Rayleigh Anthony
Christina Anthony
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Saturday, June 20, 2020
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Penitente Peak
    Location:USA-New Mexico
    Elevation:12249 ft / 3733 m

Ascent Trip Report

From 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
Ascent Statistics
    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
Descent Statistics
    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:
OrderPeak/PointDateGain
1Tesuque Peak2020-06-202347 ft / 715 m
2Deception Peak2020-06-20420 ft / 128 m
3Lake Peak2020-06-20309 ft / 94 m
4Penitente Peak2020-06-20299 ft / 91 m
Total Trip Gain: 3375 ft / 1028 m    Total Trip Loss: 3358 ft / 1023 m



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