Sierra Ladrones: Arroyo Route To Summit, Exploratory Return

I have closed RSVPs, if a space opens up and you want to go contact me.  As long as you are qualified I'll make the add.

Crow Mag (Mikee) near summit March 2, 2008

• Physical Level: Strenuous
• Technical Level: Advanced Hiking/Scrambling
• Terrain: Off trail, steep slopes, rocky terrain, scree fields
 Distance: 8.5 miles
Elevation Gain: 4000+ feet
• Prerequisites: Off trail experience, ability to endure and face the challenges of a long day in the wilderness

Hike in a Nutshell:

• Assemble at REI at 6AM. We will park along the back edge of of the parking lot adjacent to Mercantile Ave.
• Drive to the Arroyo entry point and park on the side of a dirt road.
• Hike up Arroyo until it joins a ridge system I refer to as the Spine Route.
• We will then follow the ridge to the unnamed peak, which is actually the higher of two summits at 9,210 feet.
• After a short break we will descend to saddle and summit Lardon Peak at 9143 feet.
• After another break we will return to the unnamed peak for lunch.
• We will follow the ridge line that southward to the last ridge that runs down to where the water tanks are.
• From the water tanks we will take a trail then dirt road back to the cars.

ETC:

It will be cold and windy on the summit unless we get lucky, so be prepared.  This is a wilderness area, again be prepared.   Traction devices are recommended just in case.  Bring ample water and food for a long day.


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  • Aaron G.

    Most excellent day on the mountain. The arroyo part of this hike is an easy prelude. It is a nice walk and warm up. Leaving the arroyo the hike becomes a sustained effort to reach the summit.

    Reaching the second summit requires enough daylight in order to make a safe descent back to start. Doug's team made it up in time to do the second summit. I slowed my group down due to performance issues. Not a problem really, just means a moderate pace becomes slow.

    Doug's group returned via the ridge system that we ascended. Carol, Steve and I took an alternative route down further south than usual way. Carol took the lead finding an easy route. Keep in mind there are no easy routes down, but relative to all others I've taken on this north facing slope it was easier. Outstanding pathfinding.

    Doug, Justin and Xuyuan arrived at the car at the same time. Overall a successful enjoyable hike.

    1 · February 24, 2014

  • Carol

    Enjoy the event very much!... hope to do the second peak next time!

    February 23, 2014

  • Doug F.

    Great hike, mountain, scenery, company, and challenging route. Thanks Aaron for leading this hike and letting us bag the 2nd peak.

    February 22, 2014

  • Aaron G.

    @Doug thanks for offering to drive. Nice to wake up and find the transportation problem solved.

    February 21, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    So Aaron is only able to drive five people, and we currently have six people. As far as I know, no one else has offered to drive. Doug, since you were on the waiting list, I think it makes the most sense if you either drive yourself or pass on this outing. That is unless someone else is willing to drive, in which case the problem is solved.

    February 20, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Also, Doug (or anyone else), if you are willing to drive, I think Nathan Canaris is also interested in coming, which would be no problem with two cars.

      February 20, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Heh, I've tried the Audi on that road before. It got stuck. Anyway, sounds good. We'll see you bright and early Saturday morning.

      February 20, 2014

  • Doug F.

    I'll drive but was looking forward to catching a ride in an Audi or BMW. Make sure to bring some cash!

    February 20, 2014

  • Josh

    Despite initial enthusiasm, I need to give up my spot. I hope this hike is repeated soon. My excuse is poor, I just need a weekend of "me" time. I have been hiking, cycling and traveling too much. My sanity needs some rejuvenation. I had no clue I would get a spot! Hopefully someone else is wanting to go.

    February 20, 2014

    • Aaron G.

      no problem, have a good weekend.

      February 20, 2014

  • Aaron G.

    @Josh

    As long as you can drive, we are are covered and can work out the details at the parking lot. We lost a driver but we can now manage to get everyone there.

    The dirt road from the I25 is passable for a car. It is just the last few miles we would have to shuttle people using my Escape. The shuttle can be accomplished fairly quickly, so it is not a time sink. The main thing is that we have a way to get everyone there.

    Thanks for offering.

    February 20, 2014

  • Josh

    Yeah! I got a spot :) I'm a bit confused on the transport. I have a car that could make it to a point, but then the "ferrying" idea sounds doable. Anyone need a ride? Or will we figure it out at the parking lot.

    1 · February 20, 2014

  • Josh

    Joined the waiting list in the hopes hike is repeated soon or get a chance to tag along. Sounds like a great hike.

    February 19, 2014

  • Aaron G.

    @JustinRichmond-Decker At this point we do. I would appreciate anyone who is willing to drive to please chirp in, just in case plans go awry.

    February 19, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Just to make sure, we do have two high clearance vehicles to get us all there, right?

    February 18, 2014

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