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.