Point 8292 is a relatively unknown ridge summit just outside the town of Magdalena. It creates the western wall of Hop Canyon in the northern Magdalena Mountains. On this peak you will find some interesting cliffs that promise some fun climbing if you brought gear as well as solitude and great views of the Plains of San Augustin, the VLA, and the surrounding mountains.
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From I-25 exit on S California St (exit 147) and head north to Spring St. Turn left onto Spring St (US-60). Continue on US-60 for about 25 miles to the town of Magdalena. Turn left onto Kelly Rd (the first street past the Ranger Station). Continue up this road until it comes to a fork. The left fork goes to Patterson Canyon, the right fork goes up Hop Canyon. Bear right at this fork up Hop Canyon. Park approximatly 0.5 miles past the turn that is labeled "Agua Fria Rd".
Point 8292 Routes
This is the shortest route to the summit. It also does the best job avoiding private property that surrounds the mountain. It approaches the mountain from the west and uses the weaknesses in the cliffs on the southeastern face.
This route is longer and requires some care to avoid private property but is less steep than other routes. Some portions of this route even have a trail although it is unlikely that you'll see another person on it.
Views from the summit:
South Baldy VLA
Hop Canyon Magdalena Mountain
The summit of this mountain is on public land, however, a significant amount of the land around it is private land. Only access the mountain via public lands.
There is no camping on Point 8292 but there are campgrounds elsewhere in the Magdalena Mountains.
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