Sierra Ladrones and Ladron Peak is a 8.5 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near La Joya, NM that offers scenic views and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible from March until November.
This is an extremely challenging all-day, off-trail destination. Twin summits are separated by a deep saddle and protected by miles of steep, rocky terrain. Only the most experienced, fit, and prepared hikers should attempt. A scramble up the east summit from the saddle is slightly exposed. See USGS topo "Ladron Peak" @ 1:24000. From the parking spot, head SW to an arroyo that is part of the boundary with the Sevilleta Refuge. Go west about a mile. Exit the arroyo upslope to gain the ridge. Continue with many little jagged ups and downs to the summits.
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I've done this 5 times from 3 different locations. It is never any easier, it is always very
strenuous, a total bushwhack, expect to leave blood.
There is NO trail, all off-trail. The "Horrible" rating is because there is NO trail.
Good map reading and route-finding skills a must plus all-day endurance.
A 8.5 mile loop can be had from near a ranch (occupied) on the south side.
Take Cty Rd 12 west from I-25 then #B-74 to the ranch. Close all the gates you find.
Head up an arroyo that parallels the Sevilleta boundary fence. Eventually go upslope
and follow the prominent ridgeline just to the north. Lots of hard work. Reach the main ridge and the higher west summit. Drop into the saddle and scramble (some exposure) up the east summit. Exit downhill to the east arriving at a saddle separating
#8044 and #8144. Exit to southeast via this drainage. DO NOT use the drainage on the west side of #8144, extremely steep and choked with vegetation. Back to the car and ranch. Headlamps and LOTS of water. Use USGS "Ladron Peak" topo.
Of 5 visits, 3 were out by headlamp. Get an early start.
a little bit of a pain to get too but a surprise jewel