Ascent of Redonda Peak on 2017-09-20
|Other People:||Solo Ascent|
Only Party on Mountain
|Date:||Wednesday, September 20, 2017|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Motorized Transport to Trailhead:||Car|
| Location:||USA-New Mexico|
| Elevation:||12357 ft / 3766 m|
Ascent Trip ReportPaved 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.
| 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|
| 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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