Oct 11, 2013 · 6:45 AM
I plan to hike up the two gentle domed summits of Jicaritta Peak, at a moderate pace, on the north end of the Pecos Wilderness overlooking Taos and the Truchas group of peaks. Compared to most hikes that I lead, this is relatively easy, as it does not involve any scrambling, off-trail route finding, and large amounts of elevation gain or distances. However, at 12, 835 feet, the hike up Jicaritta Peak is no "walk in the park". Total elevation gain is in the 3,000-3,500 foot range and the round trip distance is about 10 miles, thus the moderate rating; if you are not in good shape, the hike is difficult. Make sure to dress appropriately (layers, preferably not cotton), it will be cool and the weather, at these altitudes, can get crazy this time of the year; getting caught unprepared in foul weather can be life threatening. I doubt you will need it, but bring a headlamp just in case. If time permits and there is an interest, we can stop and hang out at Serpent Lake on the way back. There is a possibility that I will be camping in the area. If so, meeting time and place may change Check the site Thursday evening for any updates. No dogs please. Make sure to go to the 12th Street Lowes. Would prefer to meet at the Lowes on Paseo but the Balloon Fiesta may make that difficult.