Cerro Pescadores, Pico Risco
By: Larry Tidball
While in Mexico to lead a climb of these 2 peaks this weekend we noted a number of changes from the information shown in the Peak Guide. This information will be helpful to those planning to climb these peaks. I had been to both peaks before and I was able to get to the right places despite the changes. Someone who is going for the first time may encounter some difficulty unless they note these changes.
To avoid the problem of the road you are not supposed to use, continue South on Highway 5 to just past KM post 25. Turn right here and you will find the dirt road immediately blocked by a large mound of dirt and a fence. Bear right along the dirt mound about 100 feet to a gap in the fence. Twist around past a tree and you will arrive back on the blockaded road. This dirt road is the one shown on the Peak Guide Map. Continue straight on this road passing the left turns shown on the map at 0.25 and 0.4 miles from the highway. Take a right turn on the major NW/SE dirt road about 3/4 mile from the highway and follow it back NW about 0.6 miles to intersect the road heading in from the gate near KM post 24. Turn left here and follow the peak guide to the trailhead. We tried the other NW/SE connector road shown on the Peak Guide Map that starts 1.35 miles from the pavement, but could not make it connect up in the dark. The route described above works OK for standard 2WD vehicles. There is one sandy spot crossing on the NW/SE connector road where one car needed a bit of a push to get through.
The upper portion of the campground at Canyon de Guadalupe has been devastated by a fire not too long ago. The palm trees are starting to come back, but most of the campground improvements have not been rebuilt. The lower portion of the campground was not effected by the fire, and has been more developed that in the recent past. New campsites and hot tubs have been constructed. The lower camp, "Campo #1" charges $10 per night per car. Reservations can be made by calling Rob Williams at (714) 673-2870.
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