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Cabezon Peak

Sat, 2024-05-18
Evan Rose
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Not allowed

 SORRY - This trip is now full.

   This is the fourth annual spring climb to iconic Cabezon Peak.

   Cabezon Peak towers 2000 feet above the Rio Puerco Valley.  This volcanic plug is the remnant of the core of a volcano - like Shiprock.  Appearing impregnable, Cabezon can nonetheless be ascended by the intrepid mountaineer who follows the hidden route that wends its way through a crack in the peak's defenses.  Said mountaineer must be able to execute a couple of low fourth class maneuvers in pursuit of the summit and its spectacular views.

   The hike is short (two miles), steep and rocky.  The prepared person will bring hiking shoes, gloves, jacket, hat, sunscreen, water & lunch.  A climbing helmet is required - it will protect you from the falling rocks that others dislodge.  I will bring some club-owned helmets.  Hand lines will help with the two or three tricky places.  I will carry radios for communication among the hikers on channel 3-14 and a Garmin InReach for emergencies.  There will be a simple first aid kit.

   Read about the Rio Puerco volcanic plugs

   Watch Evan's video Exploring a Few New Mexico Volcanic Plugs

   Los Alamos Mountaineers members who would like to participate should contact Evan.  Let's talk about your comfort with moderate climbing and exposure.  Cabezon Peak is ninety miles from Los Alamos.  The drive takes two hours on NM 4, US 550 and NM 279.  Navigating the last mile of dirt road can be done with an SUV or a Subaru-type vehicle.  Evan will provide the start time & location and detailed directions to members of the group.

   It is my routine to climb Cabezon Peak the day before (Friday) to ensure that there are no surprises.  I plan to stay at Cabezon trailhead Friday night.  After the hike on Saturday, I plan to visit Guadalupe Ruin (Chacoan outlier) and Tapia Canyon (rock art).  If you are interested in this exension to the trip, please speak with me.



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