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La Madre-El Padre loop, NV
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La Madre-El Padre loop, NV 
La Madre-El Padre loop, NV
 
Hiking avatar Apr 24 2017
trekkin_gecko
Hiking7.83 Miles 3,281 AEG
Hiking7.83 Miles   7 Hrs   43 Mns   1.33 mph
3,281 ft AEG   1 Hour   50 Mns Break
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LindaAnn
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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