Cabezon Peak -- Early Morning Climb to the Summit (Westside Meetup)

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If more than 4 people have signed up for this hike we will need a volunteer to drive.

Cabezon Link

Hike in a Nutshell:

  • We are leaving early to avoid the heat.
  • Assemble in the parking lot in front of Starbucks at Golf Course and Paseo del Norte on the Westside.  (see how to get there below)
  • Drive to Cabezon Peak Parking area
  • Take a short but steep path to the base of the tower.
  • We will climb a short but steep scree field. On this part of the route there is a section of exposed class 3 rock with exposure.
  • Continue up the scree field to the chimney which requires a few class 4 moves.  I consider this the 1st crux of the climb.
  • The rest of the climb is stickily class 3 rock and sections of class 2 hiking but there is significant exposure. My personal opinion is the last moves onto the crown are low class 4. I consider that a second crux.
  • We will have the option of circumnavigating Cabezon on the way down.
  • Return to cars and home.

What you will Need:

Bring enough water to provide sufficient hydration for the day and lunch/snacks.  We will have lunch on the top.  I would suggest rain gear just in case.  Good hiking shoes are a must.

How to Get to the Meetup:

The intersection of Paseo del Norte and Golf Course is located on the Westside.  It is easy to find given how well know Paseo del Norte is.  The Starbucks is located in Petroglyph Plaza, the shopping center on the southwest corner of the intersection.  (south of Paseo and west of Golf Course) I will be parked at the far end of the parking row in front of Starbucks.  I will be there by 5:55 or sooner.  Please be on time, although I will wait until 6:10.


There have been accidents on Cabazon but statistically the probability is low. We will have a leader in the front and in the rear to keep an eye out for safety. Personally, I think the scree field has more potential for accidents. People in good shape, without height issues and some agility will find this hike a lot of fun. No Problem, piece of cake, nothing at all are NOT how I characterize climbing Cabezon, because I know that anytime there is elevation combined with exposure there is potential for danger. I take class 3 rock scrambling as serious as I do class 5 technical climbing. I expect people who go with me to be of like mind. There is no reward in being over confident or to under estimate the potential for danger, period. If you need guidance ask.

We will not climb if the rock is wet.

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  • Vidya

    Great company and a wonderful climb to the top. Thanks Aaron for the hike and Dan for the photos.

    July 11, 2013

  • Mike

    One of the best hikes ever. Thanks Aaron & Daniel for all the instruction and encouragement climbing those vertical rocks! Great reward when we reached the top.

    July 11, 2013

  • Daniel V.

    Great weather. Good company. Nice peak.

    July 10, 2013

  • Aaron G.

    It was an incredibly wonderful hike with an incredibly wonderful band of hikers. It was textbook in its execution. We reached the summit early enough to beat the heat although the rock was warm on the way down. We encountered wildlife such as a rattlesnake, several lizards and ants. Range cattle are technically not wildlife but they were about in abundance. There were some birds too. Great hike!

    July 10, 2013

  • Donna

    Sorry I can't make this. Work in the a.m. Have fun!

    July 9, 2013

  • john k.

    I love the area I love Cabazon but the climb is probably too much for me

    July 8, 2013

  • Susan D.

    Sounds like a great day. I will be in Taos but hope you do it again!

    July 8, 2013

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