La Madre Mountain Climber's Log

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TX_Teddums - May 25, 2020 11:29 am Date Climbed: May 22, 2020

More than expected  Sucess!

Climbed from Harris Springs road. The way up was pretty easy, but the way down was a different animal. The directions found on here were easy enough to follow, but I think sometimes without the trail being off 10 yds one way or another can make a world of difference. Anyway, good hike and view at the end is very cool. You can follow the jeep road all the way up to the turn around (36°13'29.8"N 115°28'48.6"W) but I think 4 wheel drive is probably a necessity for a couple parts. If I climbed again, I would pull off and park here: 36°13'41.4"N 115°28'55.3"W. Total distance was just under 6mi round trip, and took an embarrassingly long 7.5 hrs (see the miserable descending comment)


gimpilator - May 6, 2018 9:42 am Date Climbed: Feb 9, 2018

La Madre, El Padre, El Bastardo  Sucess!

trip report


RoryKuykendall - Nov 28, 2017 1:58 pm Date Climbed: May 17, 2017

El Bastardo/Burnt Peak/El Padre/La Madre  Sucess!

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.


jdmorehouse - Feb 21, 2015 10:34 pm Date Climbed: Feb 21, 2015

From Calico Basin  Sucess!

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!


philadendron - May 11, 2014 6:54 pm Date Climbed: May 10, 2014

Via Harris Springs  Sucess!

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.


RaymondShevsky - Dec 20, 2013 2:31 pm Date Climbed: Oct 24, 2013

Queen of NW Vegas  Sucess!

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.


jdmorehouse - Jun 24, 2013 9:59 pm Date Climbed: Apr 20, 2013

Good Winter Climb  Sucess!

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.


tbaranski - Oct 7, 2012 2:15 pm Date Climbed: Oct 5, 2012

Great climb  Sucess!

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.


alpspitze - Apr 25, 2011 4:35 pm Date Climbed: Apr 10, 2011

Sandstone Quarry Trailhead  Sucess!

Not the best trail I've ever been on and cold, but outstanding views!


fedak - Jan 23, 2011 12:20 am Date Climbed: Jan 22, 2011

From Harris Spring Road  Sucess!

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.

Pics and commentary here.

Bob Burd

Bob Burd - Dec 12, 2009 10:03 pm Date Climbed: Nov 24, 2009

From the northwest  Sucess!

With Matthew, along with Hayford Peak in the morning. Trip Report


JBRunyan - Oct 6, 2009 10:56 pm Date Climbed: May 9, 2009

Calico Basin to La Madre, El Padre  Sucess!

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!


N2aktion - Apr 20, 2009 3:50 pm Date Climbed: Apr 19, 2009

La Madre  Sucess!

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.


ShinLV - Oct 13, 2008 6:00 am Date Climbed: Oct 11, 2008

From Sandstone Quarry  Sucess!

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.


jimegan - Feb 7, 2008 7:05 pm Date Climbed: May 29, 2000

La Madre  Sucess!

climbed El Padre first and then went over to La Madre heading east climbed from sandstone quarry parking lot
Climbed from Calico Basin 5/25/16


redsplashman23 - Nov 25, 2007 2:04 am Date Climbed: Nov 24, 2007

Great Views  Sucess!

Hiked La Madre from the North. Great views on the summit in all directions. Calm winds and a nice November day.


brianhughes - Mar 15, 2007 10:22 pm Date Climbed: Mar 3, 2007

from Sandstone Quarry Trailhead  Sucess!

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.


MoapaPk - Dec 31, 2006 6:57 am Date Climbed: Dec 30, 2006


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.


Tracy - Apr 6, 2006 6:13 am Date Climbed: May 26, 1984

route climbed: southwest approach from White Rock Spring  Sucess!

Climbed this one with Mark Cichoski. Warm day, but decent temperature on top.


rlawson - Apr 4, 2006 9:16 pm Date Climbed: Apr 1, 2006

From RRNCA  Sucess!

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.

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