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Truchas Peak via Jack's Creek and the Trailriders Wall - Difficult

Join me on a classic hike/scramble up New Mexico's 2nd highest peak at 13,102 feet. The views along the way and from atop Truchas are outstanding. However, to summit Truchas and back is no easy task; "If you want to play, you got to pay", is an apt idiom for this adventure/ordeal. Plan to hike 12 + hours with 23 miles and 5-6 thousand feet of elevation gain. We will need to hike at a moderate pace, with few stops, to summit this mountain.

Needless to say, you need to be in good shape and capable of a long hike/scramble of this nature--KNOW YOUR LIMITS!!! Keep in mind that a good chunk of the hike is at or above 12,000 feet so you need to be acclimatized too. This was one of the hardest hikes offered in the MeetUp group two years ago so do not take it lightly. However, it is one of the more scenic alpine hikes in New Mexico.

I doubt you will need any special gear other than waterproof shoes or boots, gaiters, and possibly a traction aide. Make sure to bring a headlamp, plenty of high energy food, and appropriate clothes as there is always the possibility of unexpected foul weather.

Water will be present in many locations so a way to treat it will save you from having to carry a lot of extra weight.  No dogs please.

Make sure your headlamp has fresh batteries and don't forget a rain shell.

FYI, I am probably going to be one of the slower members of this group. That does not mean I am slow, just slower than you. If you are in a hurry to get to Albuquerque, I suggest you drive by yourself or carpool with someone else who is in a hurry too. Plan on a 12-13 hour hike.

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  • Chris

    Blockbuster hike, had great time with everyone. Can't wait for more!
    Thanks guys for helping me as well, I am grateful, I bit off a tad bit more than I could chew, but happy I made it with you all.

    May 26, 2013

  • Steven S.

    Fantastic hike, some of the best mountain scenery I've seen in NM from E Pecos Lake onward. I very much enjoyed everyone's company. Thanks Doug!

    May 26, 2013

  • Dan F.

    A very nice hike with a good group. We had great weather, with the exception of very strong winds on the ridge. I logged 22.1 miles and ~6,600 feet of gain on my GPS. Thanks to Doug for leading another good one!

    May 26, 2013

  • Doug F.

    This was an outstanding hike. I got off to a bad start after forgetting to set my alarm. Luckily, I woke up at 4:12 and was only 7 minutes late, arriving at the Lowe’s parking lot at 4:37. In my haste, I forgot my camera, but enjoyed the freedom, free of the lens, and encouraged Dan to take some good photos which he will post soon. The rest of the day was memorable. Although it feels like a slog from Pecos Lake and back, the scenery along the Trailrider’s Wall is some of the best in New Mexico. We saw a lot of sheep, elk, and other backpackers. Surprisingly, there were several people who summited Truchas before us and we shared the top with four others. All the hikers we saw past Pecos Lake were backpacking; we were the only folks who attempted such an ambitious hike as a day trip.

    May 25, 2013

  • Doug F.

    A big thanks to everyone who joined me on this hike and any trip I led throughout the year. I met a lot of people and made new friends. I look forward to hiking with everyone again in August. Have a great summer!

    FYI: The hike was a tough 22.6 miles with about 7,000 feet of elevation gain. The trail to Pecos Lake is mainly snow free and is in great condition.

    May 25, 2013

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