A Wilderness Adventure on Ladron Peak
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Who has wanted to hike/camp Ladron Peak? Who has always thought , "You know, there should be a cache up there"! ? I have slightly changed directions as of July 2006. please reprint if needed. TAKE THIS ENTIRE SHEET WITH YOU!
This cache is my Magnum Opus. Sierra Ladrones wilderness study area. BLM at it's finest. Desert bighorn sheep, cougars, black bear, pronghorn antelope, pondersoa pine, cacti (lots), douglas fir, juniper, pinon, oak, etc. (Heck , there may even be a Jaguar up there too!) This cache is not for the faint of heart. It is NOT for small kids. Strong dogs can make it to the cache, but probably not the summit. Ladron Peak is a desolite, rugged, steep, dangerous place that can kick your butt if not prepared. It will kick your butt anyway. (Even more so in winter time, when I placed this.) There are NO TRAILS (that I know of) on Ladron Peak. 4x4 suggested. Good route finding and terrain assessment are a must. Bring proper gear. Just a list of a few things that can cause you great bodily harm: Lightning, falling, Mtn. Lions, getting your leg caught in a huge shifting boulder, exposure, dehydration, did I mention lightning? etc. OK OK enough with the disclamer. Now, how to get there:
I will show where I camped, and how I got there, but there are many ways to access this mountain. For the adventure seeking type, any way will suffice.
THESE DIRECTIONS ARE FROM I-25 (NOT MAGDALENA)
I-25 to exit 175, go west. You'll cross an old bridge over the Rio Puerco, a little after this, turn right onto CO RD B12. Now, stay on the MAIN road for quite a ways, this leg will be about 20 miles or so. Come to CR E 65 (34' 28.497N 107' 08.679W)
Turn left. (veering south)
After a little ways, veer east/southeast (left again) at 34. 27.950N 107. 08.395
After a short ways on a rough road, you'll come to a couple of camp spots. Take your pick.
(I prefer 34. 26. 263N 107. 07.167W) There are several fire-rings, and not much else. From here you can get a great visual on the mountain, to pick your route. From this point you can see several peaks, the cache itself is just north, northwest of the summit. This is due to several reasons, one being that the actual summit itself is EXTREMELY trecherous. I didn't want anyone getting hurt due to trying to get this cache, I felt the north, slightly easier peak was a better choice. Also, while trying to place it, I almost was blown off the mountain and couldn't see very well either. I decided enough was enough. This hike WILL be hard on your knees & quads! While it can be done in a day if you get an early start, I recommend an overnight stay at basecamp, this is one of those places where you can "choose your own adventure". This is a great, quiet lonely place that BEGS TO BE DISCOVERED. The hike from my camp spot to the cache should take about 2.5 hours and a bit less then 2 for the way down. Also-- it's about an extra 45 minutes to an hour to "summit out". I love this area and hope you like it too! Good luck and enjoy Ladron. Try this wesite summitpost.org for a route discription or just make your own like I did. I strongly suggest wearing gaiters and using hiking poles!!! Have fun! Please be safe. If you solo this mountain and screw up, the penalties are very high! Please stay safe..
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