Sierra Ladrones and Ladron Peak is a 8.9 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near La Joya, New Mexico that offers scenic views and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and nature trips and is best used from March until November.

Length8.9 miElevation gain3,933 ftRoute typeLoop
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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.

Park off the dirt road near the ranch. Do not block the road, people live there. No facilities.

Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Socorro Field Office (575)-825-0412

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. Get an early start.

At I-25 Exit #175 , Bernardo, go northwest on County Road #12. At about 10 miles, take road #B-74 left. Pass through 2 gates, the second is near an occupied ranch house. It is till public land. Park several hundred yards before the ranch. Total 14.3 miles from pavement. B-74 in good shape 10/28/12.

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Benjamin Gibson
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HikingNo shadeOff trailRockyScramble

Went up the wash to the saddle between Ladron and Ladrones instead of going along the ridgeline. Lots of class 2 scrambling up the wash with the occasional class 3 bit and one class 4 move at the back of a small slot canyon. Not too bad of going most of the way until like mile 4 where there was an awkward boulder field to traverse. Right before the boulder field, at mile 3.9 on my recording, there was a pretty good looking spot to take a left and head up to Ladrones. I bet this would be an easier way to get there instead of bushwhacking all along the ridge. At the saddle, I went right and skirted around most of the cliff faces until about mile 4.5 where there was a big easy class 3 rock face to climb to get up to Ladron. Exposure was very limited on my route. From Ladron it was a matter of skirting along the ridge to drop into the recommended canyon. This part was the prettiest with lots of interesting rock formations and a cool little box canyon. The worst stretch was getting from the last saddle at mile 5.8 (below peak 8144) down to where the wash was mostly clear of bushes at around 6.3 miles. Not really any way to make this stretch pleasant. Overall though a pretty good time.

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William Mozley
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One mighty bitch of a mountain, look for hidden gold and old battleships NMT used to shoot rounds at.

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Michael Grady
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The other review provides no information. Useless. 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.

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Kenny Dillingham
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a little bit of a pain to get too but a surprise jewel