Ascent of Redonda Peak on 2017-09-20

Climber: Fred Brown

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Wednesday, September 20, 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

Paved road all the way to the parking lot at Panchuela CG. Parking fee $2. Took Cave Creek Tr (#288) to Skyline Tr (#251) to Lake Johnson Tr (#267) then bushwhacked up the ridge line to the south of the lake. The bushwhack along the ridge is not too bad but its steep, goes up and down, requires navigating around rocky outcrops (best to stick to the climbers right) and a few downed trees. Beautiful views from the top. No log. Instead of retracing my steps down the ridge I did what Will Wente did, headed down the mountain from the peak. See his GPS track and trip report for details. Quite steep but much better than doing the ridge line. I followed a route that paralleled the feeder stream for Lake Johnson and picked up bits and pieces of a trail. Once near the lake a trail becomes obvious. Took a user trail that circles the lake along the north side to trail #267.

All trails between Lake Johnson and Panchuela Campground are marked and distinct. There is ample water resources along much of the route. I concur with Will Wente on the more direct route to the summit from Lake Johnson. While steep its direct with few obstacles and without elevation loss like the ridge line route.

Did not see a sole the whole day. Only one couple was camped at the Panchuela, no one at Lake Johnson. Beautiful weather.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:4997 ft / 1522 m
    Total Elevation Loss:4997 ft / 1522 m
    Round-Trip Distance:16.7 mi / 26.9 km
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Bushwhack
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Cool, Calm, Clear
Beautiful weather. Only wind was near the top.
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:4607 ft / 1404 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 4007 ft / 1221 m; Extra: 600 ft / 182m
    Loss on way in:600 ft / 182 m
    Distance:8.8 mi / 14.2 km
    Start Trailhead:Panchuela Camp Ground   8350 ft / 2545 m
    Time:4 Hours 12 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:4397 ft / 1340 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 4007 ft / 1221 m; Extra: 390 ft / 118m
    Gain on way out:390 ft / 118 m
    Distance:7.9 mi / 12.7 km
    End Trailhead:Panchuela Camp Ground  8350 ft / 2545 m
    Time:3 Hours 30 Minutes

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