This is the small volcanic cone sitting atop Buckman Mesa, south of the Rio Grande crossing on the way to Los Alamos.. Approach is via Old Buckman Road beyond La Tierra, through some washboard and sand (as of last week) to the Rio Grande, and climb the mesa from the south. Good hike for Fall... too hot in the summer.
Drive RT 45 miles
Hike RT 5 miles / 4 hours
Elevation 5450 - 6550 (1100 foot gain.
Despite being lower elevation (below SF) the view from the top is 360 degrees and worth the walk.
The trail is steep for a couple of pitches, difficulty moderate, about equal to Atalaya. There is some small loose rock, poles may be useful.
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