Hail Peak Rock Climbing
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On November 16, 2020, the New Mexico state governor updated the executive order (cv.nmhealth.org/wp-content/…) requiring all visitors from out of state to self-isolate or self-quarantine for a period of at least 14 days from the date of their entry into the State of New Mexico or for the duration of their presence in the State, whichever is shorter. The terms "self-isolate" or "self-quarantine" refer the voluntary physical separation of a person or group of people in a residence or other place of lodging. Any person who is self-isolating or self-quarantining may only leave a residence or place of lodging to receive medical care and should not allow others into the residence or place of lodging except for those providing medical care, emergency response, or other individuals designated by the New Mexico Department of Health.
The executive order also closes all New Mexico State Parks to non-NM residents.
This Executive Order shall take effect on November 16, 2020 and shall remain in effect through the duration of the public health emergency declared in Executive Order 2020-004 and any extensions of that emergency declaration or until it is rescinded.
Additionally, NM state guidance requires all persons to wear a mask anytime they are out in public, including outdoor recreation areas.
The summit of Hail Peak stands about 1000 feet in elevation below the Sandia Crest summit. The two are separated by a deep notch off the north end of Hail Peak. Generally speaking, Hail Peak resembles a giant fin with its length aligned roughly north-south and the highest point near the north end. The summit affords a unique and broad view of Domingo Baca Canyon and surrounding crags including Jaw Bone in the ~SE, Alioth in the ~NE, The Thumb in the ~NW, and Ego Boost in the ~W.
For any approach, use care around boulders. It may not be obvious that they are only precariously at rest. In fact, some are ankle breakers or worse as told by history. The area surrounding Hail Peak sees little foot traffic.
Summit DescentsOptions for descending from Hail Peak summit - both are described in Mike Hill's "Hikers & Climbers Guide to the Sandias", 3rd edition:
West Face Rap
- Locate and descend the west face rap route; reportedly there are 2 raps and the longest rap is around 110 feet long; this rap route seems relatively obvious when viewed from the base of the west face although I have not done it.
Rap/down-climb North Ramp Route
- Only 1 rope needed.
- At the summit, head north and negotiate a ~20 foot down climb. Not much further north along the ridge, a short fourth class down climb to the northeast leads to a tree with rap slings. Tree and slings are visible before this down climb.
- At the rap tree, can do a 90' rap down to trees.
- Now scramble down from there until impassable, then one can go down at far skiers right until impassable and do one short rap from center; or might be able to scramble from skiers left.
Classic Climbing Routes at Hail Peak
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