View from La Madre Mountain

La Madre Mountain and El Padre Mountain
aka La Madre Peak and El Padre Peak
Red Rock Canyon NCA, Nevada
April 18, 2009

La Madre Mountain is the highest point in Red Rock Canyon NCA. Like popular Turtlehead Peak, La Madre can be reached from Sandstone Quarry in Red Rocks. As an added bonus, for an extra 130 m elevation effort, adjacent El Padre can be climbed as well. The entire trip was little more than class 2, although it required some routefinding.

For La Madre and El Padre, Dinah Kruze and I joined the Las Vegas Hiking and Outdoors Meetup group, led by Shin Goto. Filling out our ranks were John, Matt, Chris, Kevin and Karen.

From Sandstone Quarry Shin led us up Limestone Trail – actually a wash – to the base of El Padre. We left the trail and ascended the lower slopes towards cliffs. A short traverse below the cliffs on a vague trail brought us to a chute below La Madre-El Padre col. From there, we could ascend either peak.

The convoluted route defies easy description, but Shin expertly led us up both peaks. On the way out, as an added treat, Shin had us scramble up to a wall in the Calico Hills to view petroglyphs, a few hundred years old.

We thoroughly enjoyed the hike and the company of the Las Vegas hikers. If we ever have a chance to hike with them again, we will!

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Meetup Photos


We set off up the trail: El Padre and La Madre ahead


We left the wash and started up a side wash


Taking a break: John, Matt, Shin, Karen, Kevin and myself


A lot of terrain to cover before we reached the base of the mountains


Spinystar cactus


Looking back at Mount Wilson, Rainbow Peak, Rainbow Wall and Bridge Mountain


Hiking up another wash


Turtlehead Peak in the background


Matt comes up the trail


We followed a faint trail along the base of a cliff


We hiked up the chute that leads to El Padre and La Madre col


Almost at the col


Ascending La Madre from the col


A drop-off to the east


The summit of La Madre


Griffith Peak, Mount Charleston and Mummy Mountain (mouse over each to zoom in)


Dinah and I on the summit of La Madre


Myself, John, Kevin, Karen, Chris, Dinah and Shin


As we made our way up El Padre we found snow


El Padre summit ahead


The Las Vegas Meetup group is an animated bunch


View from El Padre


Looking down at the Sandstone Quarry parking lot (mouse over for a close-up)


Coming back: the only tricky section of the trip


Hiking back on a wash that made a good trail


Shin led us across some rocks to see petroglyphs


John peers at the ancient artwork (mouse over for a close-up)


La Madre Mountain 1:24,000 Topo (9.8 mi, 8146 ft, 3819 ft)


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