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El Padre Mountain 8093, NV

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Difficulty 4 of 5
Distance One Way 3.65 miles
Trailhead Elevation 5,626 feet
Elevation Gain 2,467 feet
Accumulated Gain 2,682 feet
Avg Time One Way 2.5 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 12.59
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La Madre-El Padre loop
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La Madre-El Padre loop
Author LindaAnn
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Routes 358
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Trips 939 map ( 6,953 miles )
Age 39 Female Gender
Location Ahwatukee, AZ
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Preferred   Jun, Sep, Aug, Jul
Sun  5:30am - 5:39pm
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Big Daddy of Red Rocks
by LindaAnn

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El Padre Mountain is the distinctive mountain overlooking the Red Rock Canyon Conservation Area from the north. The escarpment is called Keystone Thrust, and is a beautiful example of a thrust fault. Most hikers summiting El Padre also hike La Madre, but it can be done as a stand alone hike. The easiest approach to El Padre is from Kyle Canyon road on the north side of the mountain, starting from the same place you would start a La Madre Mountain hike, but ascending a ridge farther to the west. 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, start walking southeast up the road for one mile. NOTE--I have not checked the exact wilderness boundary, but it may be possible to drive this one mile. If you are doing the loop with La Madre as well, don't bother, but if you are only hiking to El Padre, this may be a nice way to save some time.

The road ends at the one mile mark, and you will continue south (slightly southeast at times) up the ridge. It is not clearly defined at times, and the junipers obscure your view, but as long as you are ascending, you should be on the right track. There is an occasional cairn, and they don't seem to be placed at any useful points, but are a nice reassurance that you are going the correct direction. The ridge is very steep at times, and very thick with vegetation in places. A hiking pole is very useful on this route.

As you ascent, the ridge becomes more defined, and your initial goal is Peak 7900. It will be to the south, and the top portion of it facing you shows clear evidence of a fire at the top. Continue heading up the ridge towards that peak. There is some scrambling, all easy and with a clear route over or through the rocks. Staying slightly to the left while ascending most of the rock piles seemed to have the best route. Just as you're reaching the burn area, the ridge sort of gives way, and you will ascend STEEPLY up through the burn area to the top of the peak. There's no defined path, just work your way up.

At the top of 7900, turn to the southeast, and head to the next small "peak" that is between you and El Padre. You're generally following the ridge. About halfway to the small peak, you will encounter a wall that drops about 10 feet. Toward the left side of the wall, there is a crack to climb down. That wall is probably the toughest ten feet of the entire hike, but if you've made it that far, it shouldn't be a problem. After that, continue on the ridge (enjoying the views), over the small peak, then head to El Padre. Walking the edge of the escarpment is incredible. The drop to the south down into Red Rock is amazing, and makes the ridge walk one of my favorite sections of hiking of all time.

At the summit of El Padre, there is plenty of room to sit and rest, and there is a register. The views in all directions are amazing. When done, you can retrace your steps back down, or continue to La Madre Mountain--although, if you're going to do a loop, it is actually easier to do La Madre first, and descend from El Padre.

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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
    El Padre Mountain 8093
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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.
    page created by LindaAnn on Apr 25 2017 10:29 pm
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