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Whiskey Peak - Difficult

The Albuquerque Hiking and Outdoor Meetup
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Apr 14 7:45AM - 11:45PM

What: Whiskey Peak is the high point along along a rugged technical knife edge ridge that looms over the Roziamento Canyon basin with huge rising granite cliffs on both sides. Even though you can't see it in this photo, it rises just to the right (south) of the south face of the Thumb whose lower west face is illuminated like a shark's tooth in the picture above.

Route Description: To get there, it's an off-trail adventure up the middle fork of Roziamento Canyon which will take us high into a lovely valley flanked by the Thumb and Whiskey Peak, a wilderness of spires, cliffs, and buttresses. Until we reach the upper part of the canyon, it is a scrambler's playground with lots of granite slabs, boulders, and bedrock to negotiate. While someone has illegally cleaned up the brush in the lower canyon, there is no escaping it in the middle and upper reaches. We will follow the the canyon to the Roziamento/La Cueva Canyon saddle at 9,300 feet, our exit point back to the world of trails. From that spot it looks to be a short hike and scramble to the summit of Whiskey Peak. The actual peak-bagging aspect of this hike is exploratory; it looked doable when I observed it it from a higher perch along the Thumb last week. There may be some class 3 or 4 moves though. After climbing the mountain, we'll head down La Cueva Canyon to the La Luz Trail just below the 5-mile mark where we can go either direction: up to the tram or down to the parking lot. Plan on a long day and anywhere from 3,500-5,000 feet of elevation gain in about 8-9 miles.

Who should go: This is not a hike for the faint of heart or beginning hiker. There is a considerable amount of rock scrambling (non technical climbing) where you will use your hands and feet; a slip or fall could result in serious injury or death. If you enjoy the challenge of difficult terrain and like getting off the beaten path, than you will probably love this trip; if not, it may scare the crap out of you (no emojis needed). Don't let the lack of miles deceive you into thinking this will be an easy hike. The terrain is very challenging and you should not only be fit but confident with hiking up steep and loose slopes, rock scrambling, bush-whacking, and route finding.

Gear: Make sure to wear durable pants, not shorts, and avoid anything expensive or flimsy that tears easily. Leather garden gloves will keep your finger tips free of bothersome thorns and poles are great for pushing aside brush and to help with footing on steep loose terrain. Bring enough food and water to keep you going.

Note on meeting place and parking: La Luz Trail Map shown on this site using Google Maps is very inaccurate!!! If you do not know where the La Luz Trail parking lot is, look it up online or contact me. Also, DO NOT PAY THE PARKING FEE!!! Meeting spot is to park my car for a shuttle back to our starting point at Sandia Peak Tram. This way, if we choose to hike down we can avoid adding an additional 2 monotonous miles.

Disclaimer: Hiking and scrambling have inherent dangers that could lead to injury or death. Hike leader is not a guide, just a weekend warrior who likes company while hiking and is not responsible for your safety or lack of it. If you choose to join me, you agree to do so at your own risk.

How to find us:Map is extremely inaccurate! Don't pay fee. Meeting spot only to leave a car. Hike begins at Sandia Peak Tram. I'll in or near my 4 door white Toyota Tacoma Pickup with a white camper shell and the Peak Freak (PKFREAK) license plate

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