Ascent of Redonda Peak on 2017-08-25

Climber: Will Wente

Others in Party:Zeus
dog of lightning
Date:Friday, August 25, 2017
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Redonda Peak
    Location:USA-New Mexico
    Elevation:12357 ft / 3766 m

Ascent Trip Report

Departed Albuquerque ~6:45am and arrived at Panchuela CG after ~2 hour drive. Surprised to see so many campers on a Friday morning in the campground, but the population density plummeted once I was on the trail - I only saw 6 people (three groups of two backpackers) over the 16.6 miles.

A beautiful, well kept trail follows Panchuela Creek for 0.66 mi. where the trail splits and continues along Cave Creek. After 2.15 mi. is a camping spot where the creek enters three caves, and is definitely worth some time exploring. After 3.88 mi., I turned left (south) onto the Skyline trail (#251), crossing Cave Creek at a nice camping spot. At 5.44 mi. I turn right (west) onto trail #267, which switchbacked and climbed 1.71 mi. to Lake Johnson (7.15 mi and 2:01 total run time). At the lake were a couple of campers. I skirted their camping spot to ascend the ridge to the south, circling up the ridgeline 1.5 mi. to Redonda Peak (8.65 mi). Precious little running along this section, due to the occasional bushwacking and steep climbing. There was no trail, although an occasional cairn. This route had been the recommended route, although should there be a next time, I'd ascend my SEerly descent route from Redonda to the north of Lake Johnson. It was probably steeper, but more direct (0.77 mi) and except for the fallen trees, which could easily be navigated, was an easy descent. The descent took me 19 min from peak to lake. A large cairn signified Redonda Peak. Views from Redonda were fantastic: Santa Fe Baldy a short distance to the south was easily recognizable from my run a couple weeks past; Pecos and East Pecos Baldy to the NE; and the Truchas Peaks further to the north from there.

The weather had been perfect all day - no wind and few clouds. As I headed back on trail #251, passing two backpackers in their 70s, I began to hear distant thunder. I stopped again at the caves for a few more pictures, and returned to the TH after 16.6 mi. and 4:57 at just after 2pm.

It began to rain almost immediately on the drive out. Another successful day in the mountains of NM!
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:4007 ft / 1221 m
    Total Elevation Loss:4007 ft / 1221 m
    Quality:3 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Open Country, Bushwhack
    Gear Used:
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:4007 ft / 1221 m
    Distance:8.7 mi / 13.9 km
    Route:Cave Creek Trail
    Start Trailhead:Panchuela TH  8350 ft / 2545 m
    Time:2 Hours 58 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:4007 ft / 1221 m
    Route:Cave Creek Trail
    End Trailhead:Panchuela TH  8350 ft / 2545 m
    Time:1 Hours 59 Minutes
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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