Big day in the Spring Mountains. Climbed El Bastardo from the La Madre Springs trail then traversed over Burnt Peak, El Padre & La Madre. Also scrabbled almost all the way to East La Madre but ran out of time to complete that leg of the traverse. Hiked out to the edge of Summerlin. Really cool day. Love the Spring Mountains.
Up from Calico Basin, over both humps into Brownstone Basin, then up, up, up, over the steepest, loosest terrain you can imagine. Fifteen miles round trip. I'm trashed!
Drove in via Harris Springs Rd, then the jeep trail. Got the route from MoapaPk (thank you). Have to say, not my favorite hike. Bushwhacking and constantly being diverted to one side or the other of the ridge made for a frustrating day. The views at the top, however, are unique and outstanding. Loved seeing Red Rock from this vantage point.
Surprisingly enjoyable hike from S. Harris Springs Road. Followed the jeep trail, then the ridge with some bushwhacky meandering, then the famous scar and some mild class 3 scrambling to the summit.
Part of a two peak climb, this was just on the edge of being too warm. An outstanding climb with plenty of class 3 climbing near the summit, and a nice, narrow ridge to traverse over to El Padre, not far away. Both had excellent views of the Red Rock Canyon area, the Charleston Wilderness and mountain areas, and of course, the sludge that is called Las Vegas.
From the northwest off of Harris Spring Road. Once the rough, southbound side road ended, I stuck to the ridges per Bob Burd's route. Lots of fun rock scrambling. Made the mistake of not wearing long pants though -- lots of thorny plants around.
Not the best trail I've ever been on and cold, but outstanding views!
Nice cool winter day. Took the ATV road south from Harris Spring Road and then climbed the ridgeline from the end. Still a fair amount of snow on the north facing slopes.
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With Matthew, along with Hayford Peak in the morning. Trip Report
Started out at Calico Basin in the morning and made the trek to the top of La Madre. From La Madre headed over to El Padre. Fun Hike, Cool Views!
rough hike, 3.5 miles sand wash,and then the hike starts, loose gravel and rocks. hot today 3 quarts of water wasnt enough, 4 hours 9 minutes from sand stone quarry to peak.did not bag La Padre today big mistake.
I went up to the Turtlehead Peak saddle, along the ridge, and then to La Madre. 3 hours up and 2.5 hours down. It was a big mistake to go up to the saddle. Because I had to clime extra 600 ft. I found one dry wash is connected to the Sandstone quarry Parking and took this way on the way down. Its much easier and faster.
climbed El Padre first and then went over to La Madre heading east climbed from sandstone quarry parking lot
ALSO CLIMBED FROM HOME IN SUMMERLIN 12/27/00 & 4/26/03
CLIMBED FROM WHITE ROCK SPRINGS W/RICHARD 2/8/03
Climbed from Calico Basin 5/25/16
Hiked La Madre from the North. Great views on the summit in all directions. Calm winds and a nice November day.
This one was a lot of fun. Hiked up from the Sandstone Quarry parking area in Red Rocks. Followed (more or less) the ascent route provided here by the always helpful SP member MoapaPk:
I didn't do the full loop as shown, but pretty much retraced my steps on the descent. Total of about 9 miles and 3,850 feet vertical.
Started at Sandstone Quarry, went up the wash (same cairns from 15 months ago!), to La Madre, then took the ridge west over El Padre (8093'), west over 7900' point, to just before 7986' point, then south down the class 3/4 canyon to near Key. Thr. trail and over E. About 12 miles total, 5100' accum. elev. gain. Went with Mark B. who complained of weakness from a cold, but still made it to top of Madre in less than 3 hrs. The real adventure was yet to come.
The ridge W of La Madre is great.
Also went from N side in Jan 2002, from Brownstone Basin Nov 2004, and over the east ridge in June 2007 (2x one day!). Met SusanM on top in 2004.
Climbed this one with Mark Cichoski. Warm day, but decent temperature on top.
We went up (starting at the Sandstone Quarry) to the Turtlehead Peak saddle, along the ridge, and then to La Madre. 4 hours up and 3 hours down. If you're looking for a shortcut, you can take the wash from the Sandstone Quarry all the way around the Turtlehead Peak ridge. This saves a lot time, needless elevation gain/loss, and is a lot easier. We did this on the way down.
With Susan & company in November 2004.
That scar is quite interesting to view up close.
Returned with Harlan, DB and company in 2008 (I think). Also bagged El Padre (and another one whose name I forget) while I was back in there.
The scar is just from a landslide, stripping away the trees. It's pretty much one stratum of limestone -- that's the angle of the bedding in that area.