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La Madre Mountain 8154, NV

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Difficulty 4 of 5
Distance One Way 3.35 miles
Trailhead Elevation 5,626 feet
Elevation Gain 2,528 feet
Accumulated Gain 2,604 feet
Avg Time One Way 2.5 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 12.03
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32  2017-04-24
La Madre-El Padre loop
24  2017-04-24
La Madre-El Padre loop
Author LindaAnn
author avatar Guides 20
Routes 357
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Trips 937 map ( 6,918 miles )
Age 39 Female Gender
Location Ahwatukee, AZ
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Preferred   Jun, Sep, Aug, Jul
Sun  5:25am - 5:48pm
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La Madre Wilderness Highpoint
by LindaAnn

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La Madre mountain is the highest point the the La Madre Wilderness at 8154 feet. It is easily seen from Las Vegas, and forms the northern border of the Red Rock Canyon Conservation Area. There are a few ways to reach the summit, but the approach from the Kyle Canyon Rd (north) side is the "easiest". The description starts from what I have termed the Upper Parking Area (see driving directions below). Starting from the Lower Parking area would add another 1.3 miles one way, and an additional 500' aeg, all road walking. The Upper Parking Area has three or four single vehicle pullouts within about 500' of each other.

From the Upper Parking Area, continue walking southeast up the road another 0.40 miles to the La Madre Wilderness sign. La Madre Peak is clearly visible to the southeast, and you can view the ridge you will ascend to the summit. At the sign, turn left, heading east, descending quickly across a wash and up the other side. The ridge is directly in front of you, although obscured by juniper. The ridge is about 0.10 miles east of the sign.

Once on the ridge, turn right, and generally head southeast up the ridge. It is generally easy to follow, and the vegetation is not too dense. For off-trail, this is pretty easy hiking. There is just enough low, sharp vegetation to make gaiters helpful, but not necessary. The ridge continues in a southeasterly direction the entire way, and as it climbs, the vegetation thins. There is plenty of easy scrambling, with the scrambling increasing as you steadily ascend. The rocks are a grey limestone, with excellent grip, but are sharp/rough. The limestone contains a lot of fossilized organic material, and is quite fascinating to look at along the way. The scrambling is enjoyable, and never difficult, with an easy path to be found through each section. While ascending is fairly easy, descending these rocks in inclement weather would be challenging in a few spots--this is a hike best suited for a cool, dry day.

Not too far below the summit, the grey rocks give way to some bouldery-type rocks, and the final part of the ascent looks somewhat intimidating. The ridge turns to a spine of sorts, but the footing remains good, never seems to narrow below four feet wide, and there's no real exposure to be concerned with. Carefully scramble up this section, enjoy the slabs of exposed rock below you on your left, and near the top, the route levels out somewhat leading to an easy final hike up to the summit.

The summit has places to sit and rest while enjoying great views in nearly every direction. El Padre peak obscures some of the view to the southwest, which is a good incentive to hike over to El Padre to gain the better southern views. After you've had your fill of the summit, you either retrace your steps back down the ridge, or head over towards El Padre, which is 0.85 miles and 400' aeg away, which would allow you to turn this into a loop hike.

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This is a moderately difficult hike.

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2017-04-25 LindaAnn

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    Most recent Triplog Review
    La Madre Mountain 8154
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    La Madre-El Padre loop
    this hike was the focal point of the trip
    linda invited me to do this with her several weeks ago
    two new peaks with hikes on the drive there and back? i'm in
    set out around 8:00 with perfect temps and light breezes
    we had about a half mile road walk before veering off toward a ridgeline that led to la madre
    completely off trail except for the road walk, but the ascent had good footing and minimal sticker bushes
    steep at times, with a few little scrambles
    came to a dull knife edge that offered an fun scramble at a 45 degree angle on good rock
    the second best part of the hike
    the rest of the summit push was easy, and we were soon on the peak
    great views into red rock canyon, of el padre and the surrounding mountains
    signed the register and took some pics
    had to drop down a few hundred feet to a notch, then regain that to get to el padre
    this part traversed along the drop off above red rock canyon, with great scenery the entire time
    good terrain for off trail
    there is another route that climbs from red rock canyon up to the notch
    might be fun to ascend from that side sometime
    el padre offered even better views to the south and we took a longer break there
    continued along the escarpment to peak 7900, over another little peak with a short climb
    the hike from la madre to 7900 was beautiful, the best part of the loop
    the initial drop from 7900 wasn't as much fun, slow going down a face with poor footing
    better once we hit a ridge, but still time-consuming
    linda let me use one of her poles, which helped a great deal and was much appreciated
    ended up on the road a bit further up, and enjoyed an easy walk back to our parking spot
    fun to look back to see where we'd been
    even the drive in was scenic, with joshua trees and yucca
    different vegetation in the mohave desert
    we were done early enough that we had time to drive over to red rock canyon and see where we'd been from below
    red rock is beautiful, and i'd heard about it from my climbing partners
    will have to come back to do some hiking
    a great loop hike that was the centerpiece of a great trip
    six new peaks for me over three days in completely new territory
    what more could you ask for?
    thanks for inviting me along, linda
    loved it :)

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    Map Drive
    High Clearance possible when dry

    To hike
    From Las Vegas, take Hwy 95 northwest out of town. Turn left (west) on Kyle Canyon Rd/157. Take Kyle Canyon Rd west for 8.50 miles to Harris Springs Rd. Turn left (south) on Harris Springs, which is unpaved. Reset your trip odometer here. Go south on Harris Springs 0.40 miles, then the road curves to the west. When you are at 2.65 miles from leaving the pavement, there should be a road turning left (south). Take this road south.

    At about 3.35 miles total, there is a small pullout for one or two vehicles--this is what I referred to as the Lower Parking Area. Up until this point, any medium clearance vehicle would be fine in dry conditions, and even most passenger cars with a careful driver. After this point, while 4wd is not required when dry, you will want a med-high clearance, short wheelbase vehicle. Shortly after this point is a very steep descent into a wash, with a large hump immediately at the bottom. A longer wheelbase vehicle may have trouble here. Once past that point, the road is rougher, but never terrible. The Upper Parking Area is at 4.65 miles total from leaving the pavement. There are three or four pullouts within the next 500 feet or so.
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