Ascent of Picacho Peak on 2017-04-02

Climber: Frank Kramer

Date:Sunday, April 2, 2017
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:4x4 Vehicle
Peak:Picacho Peak
    Location:USA-New Mexico
    Elevation:8577 ft / 2614 m

Ascent Trip Report

Driving directions taken from "Day Hikes in the Santa Fe Area", by the Northern Mew Mexico Group of the Sierra Club. Dale Ball Trails, Southern Area.

If doing this peak directly from Santa Fe - from the Santa Fe Plaza area, drive east on Alameda until it veers right (south) and becomes Camino Cabra, to the first stop sign. (Cristo Rey to the right and Upper Canyon to the left. Turn left on Upper Canyon and travel 1.3 miles to Cerro Gordo, and turn immediately right into the parking lot.

I exited the parking lot at the east end (away from the road) through a gate, and followed the trail across the Santa Fe River streamed, and across Upper Canyon Road to a sign marking the Dale Ball Trail location 29. I followed the trail to markers 30, 31 then 34 through numerous swithbacks. From 34, I could see the trail to the peak and made the peak about 3 hours after I started (with numerous stops along the way) A couple of times, I lost the trail and had to bushwhack up the side of the mountain (steep and slippery). Round trip distance about 4.7 miles.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1227 ft / 373 m
    Grade/Class:Class 1 with some cl
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Cool, Breezy, Clear
Melted snow made for some muddy hiking
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:1227 ft / 373 m
    Distance:2.4 mi / 3.8 km
    Route:Dale Ball Trail, Southern Area.
    Start Trailhead:Trailhead off Cerro Gordo Road  7350 ft / 2240 m
    Time:3 Hours 0 Minutes
Descent Statistics

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