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South Ridge

South Ridge

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 2

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Created/Edited: Aug 18, 2008 / Oct 6, 2008

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Distance - 1.3 miles (one-way)
Trailhead Elevation - 8080'
Summit Elevation - 8685'
Gain - 600'


See the "Getting There" section on the Palomas Peak main page.

Route Description

From the parking area next to the concrete barriers begin hiking back up the road approximately 50 feet. On the left side of the road the trail leaves the road.
Parking Area
Palomas Peak parking area
Climbers Trail
Leaving the road onto the climbers trail

The first portion of the trail follows the contour of the hill and parallels the road. Eventually the trail will drop down and cross a small creekbed, then switchback up the small hill on the other side. Just after this point the trail will intersect with the Upper Faulty trail. This section can be confusing but there are a few carins and arrows to point the way (hopefully they are still there).
Palomas/Faulty Split
Upper Faulty trail intersection markers

The correct trail will be a 90 degree turn to your left. There is a very faint game trail about 10 feet prior to the correct trail. After turning onto the South Ridge trail you will start to climb uphill on the backside of Palomas Peak. The trail will then switchback and come around to the front side of the peak.
Leaving the trail
Leaving the main climbers trail to follow the south ridge
Through the Cliff
The trail passing through the cliff band

Finally, the trail will split with a well defined climbers trail running along the base of the major cliff band and a much fainter trail climbing up along the south ridge of the peak. While this trail is faint there are many carins along the way. Once you have gained the top of the ridge the true summit is at the far (northern) end of the peak.
Giant Natural Cairn
A large natural carin marks where the trail switchbacks then passes through the cliff band

Ridge Cairns
Cairns marking the faint trail along the summit ridge

Essential Gear

Typical gear for a short hike.


Parking AreaClimbers TrailPalomas/Faulty SplitRidge CairnsThrough the CliffGiant Natural CairnLeaving the trail
Palomas Peak