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South Ridge

Page Type: Route

Location: New Mexico, United States, North America

Object Title: South Ridge

Route Type: Hiking

Season: Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Time Required: Less than two hours

Difficulty: Class 1

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Created/Edited: Aug 1, 2008 / Oct 30, 2008

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Facts

Distance - 0.7 miles (one-way)
Trailhead Elevation - 6460'
Summit Elevation - 7020'
Gain - 560'

Approach

See the "Getting There" section on the Point 7020 main page.

Route Description

 
Parking Area
Parking area for the South Ridge route
 
Beginning of Old Road
The beginning of the old road

 
Looking down at the road
A view of the beginning of the road from the ridge

From the parking lot follow the old, overgrown, road that heads north. The road will switchback across a small wash and begin heading southwest. The road will begin to climb higher until it reaches the south ridge. Here the trail comes to a "T" with another trail leading down the ridge. You will want to turn sharply to the right heading up the ridge. The ridge will gradually get steeper as you continue north towards the summit.







 
Sharp Turn
Sharp right turn: Leaving the road onto the ridge trail
 
On the Ridge
The trail heading up the south ridge
 
Rough Trail
Rough rocky section
 
Final Push
Final push to the summit

There are a few rough rocky sections where the trail will disappear. The trail will continue immediately after the rocky parts. Continue along this ridge trail to the summit.
Looking down the Ridge
Looking down the south ridge at the upper portion of the route



Essential Gear

Typical gear for a short hike. Trekking poles may be helpful for the upper portion since it is steep and has a lot of loose rock.

Images

Parking AreaBeginning of Old RoadLooking down at the roadSharp TurnOn the RidgeRough TrailFinal Push
Looking down the Ridge