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Apr 24 2017

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42 female
 Joined Dec 24 2007
 Ahwatukee, AZ
La Madre-El Padre loop, NV 
La Madre-El Padre loop, NV
Hiking avatar Apr 24 2017
LindaAnnTriplogs 1,576
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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I've been visiting Red Rock Canyon nearly annually for many years, and every time I'm there, I look to the north and think to myself "This is nice, but I want to be up there..." So I did a bunch of research on hiking to La Madre, realized I was mostly looking at El Padre, and decided I wanted to hike to the top of both. I determined that the easiest route was not from the Red Rock side (there is a route, but it's more aeg, and apparently has a Class 4 spot), but was actually from the Kyle Canyon Road side. I found some different routes and put together one that appeared to be the "best" option, with a few backup routes saved as well. I invited Kelly along since she likes peaks, and it's nice to have good company when you're driving 650 miles for an 8 mile hike. I put most of the hike information into two new trail descriptions, so I'll try not to rehash that too much.

We got started just after 8am to perfect temps and great weather. It had been very windy the day before, but just light breezes all day for this one. After a quick road walk, we turn east just past the wilderness sign, and headed to the ridge we planned to ascend. We found it, turned it southeast, and started heading up. We quickly came to a large round depression about 20' in diameter that was obviously man made; we couldn't decide if it was mining related, or an old agave roasting pit. Took a pic of that and continued on our way.

Going up the ridge was a lot of fun, and the higher we got, the better the scrambling became. The rocks and geology of the mountain and area is amazing, and we frequently stopped to take pictures. After a while, we left the grey rocks, and started going up a narrow ridge towards the summit. It was not narrow enough to be called a knife edge, but was certainly narrow. This area was one of the highlights of the day. Going up this entire ridge, we tended to stay to the right, but generally just went where ever it looked easiest.

It was a quick walk over to the summit, where we signed the register, rested and took pictures. This peak does not get many visitors, but there were a few from this year. The skies were hazy from all the wind the day before, so pictures of views off in the distance are not great.

Leaving the summit, we headed towards El Padre, following the edge of the escarpment the entire way. We immediately dropped a steep 450 feet. At the bottom of this drop is where the route from the Red Rock side comes up--it looks steep. We immediately regained 400 of those feet we just lost heading right back up to El Padre. The views are great along the edge. El Padre has better views of Red Rock, but the skies were just too hazy to see the colors. We signed the register there (even less visitors), and took a lunch break. It is possible to head straight down the drainage from El Padre, but it looks steep with a lot of scree. We opted to stay on my original route which goes further west before going down a ridge.

After there, we followed the edge over to Peak 7900, where we would begin our descent back down to the car. The scramble up the top half of La Madre, and the entire walk from La Madre over to 7900 was my favorite part of the hike. There's one small hill between El Padre and 7900, and between the hill and 7900 is that 10 foot wall we had to climb up. The gps route went to the left, but it looked exposed, so we went right and found a crack to easily climb up. Smooth sailing the rest of the way to 7900.

There are two ridges that leave 7900 to the north. The ridge to the right looks very doable, but there would be some brushy wash walking at the bottom. We took the ridge to the left as I had a track for that one. The top part is descending the very steep face through the burn area. We carefully picked our way down, then hit the ridge and followed it. It has less scrambling than La Madre, but in the few sections of it, it's generally best to stay to the right on the way down. This ridge has more brush too, and did get vague in places, but we eventually got to the road and followed it a mile back to the car, finishing up around 4pm.

I was so excited to finally get this hike checked off my list, and it exceeded all of my expectations. We finished out the day by driving around to Red Rock so Kelly could see the area and see what I had been looking at from that side of the mountain for all these years. Overall, a great day.
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Apr 24 2017

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64 female
 Joined Nov 17 2008
 phoenix, az
La Madre-El Padre loop, NV 
La Madre-El Padre loop, NV
Hiking avatar Apr 24 2017
trekkin_geckoTriplogs 3,587
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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1st trip
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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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