|La Madre Peak's famous Scar - Peak seen just over the Bulge|
|Steep Rutted Approach Road - Not as bad as it Looks|
|Someone's Permanent Camp on Approach|
|Climbing up Gentle Ridge (View to South)|
For a great introduction to the peak and surrounding wilderness setting locked into the Red Rock Canyon NCA boundaries, a website called Wilderness Connect gives us the paragraphs below.
|Using GPS to find correct Ridge - Peak & Scar Behind|
The area contains a rugged, eye-catching complex of canyons, gray carbonate ridges and mountain peaks. La Madre Mountain dominates the area with spectacular cliffs and steep canyons occurring on its southeast flanks. Elevations range from 3,600 feet in Brownstone Basin to 9,600 feet at La Madre Mountain. This area provides classic examples of basin and range formations, and is also home to the Keystone Thrust, a geological formation internationally recognized as the finest example of a thrust fault.
The bright reds and whites of the sandstone formations in the southeastern part of this wilderness contrast sharply with the rough gray limestone cliffs of La Madre Mountain.
|Cheryl climbs first of several Limestone Slabs|
|Jerry on the Dull Knife Edge between Bulge and Peak|
|Cheryl on the Dull Knife Edge (Bulge in Background)|
|La Madre Peak Benchmark|
Even though Mount Charleston (Spring Mountains) technically encompasses Red Rock Canyon, the majority of us think of them as two separate entities and often wonder where one begins and the other ends. But even with a map this is hard to visualize. Since flying over the area is most likely not feasible, the next best thing is to hike up and sit on top of La Madre Mountain. From this vantage point you can have a spectacular view of both. You can look down into Red Rock directly below and then to the North at the Spring Mountains. You can see the two distinct areas and approximately where they meet and yet how they are both one. Besides being able to enjoy the terrific 360 views of Red Rock, Damsel/Summerlin/Cheyenne Peaks, Charleston, Griffith, Harris, Angel and the Las Vegas Valley, you can experience a fun hike and scramble. The terrain is fairly easy going and the limestone slabs are steep but very forgiving with pretty sticky rock. The limestone knife edge is a blast and spills you out onto the summit.
|Jerry and Cheryl on La Madre Peak|
The one and only time that the club has made this climb was back in October of 2014. They made a loop of the hike to include El Padre Peak next door. It was cooler weather and the fall colors were sprinkling the mountainside. The approach road was taken on by their X-Terra on both occasions. Even though there was still a smattering of snow on the Scar, it was a hot day this time. When viewing the photos, see that the "dull" knife edge stretches between the "Bulge" and the Peak. Not a soul around!
Stats: 5.5 miles; 2550' gain; 6.5 hours
|Starting Down - Griffith, Charleston, and Mummy Peaks in Background (L-R)|
|Descending the Limestone Slabs|
|Finding the Gentle Ridge to finish Descent|