Otowi Peak

This is the small volcanic cone sitting atop Buckman Mesa, south of the Rio Grande crossing on the way to Los Alamos.. Approach is via Old Buckman Road beyond La Tierra, through some washboard and sand (as of last week) to the Rio Grande, and climb the mesa from the south. Good hike for Fall... too hot in the summer.

Drive RT 45 miles
Hike RT 5 miles / 4 hours
Elevation 5450 - 6550 (1100 foot gain.

Despite being lower elevation (below SF) the view from the top is 360 degrees and worth the walk.

The trail is steep for a couple of pitches,  difficulty moderate, about equal to Atalaya. There is some small loose rock, poles may be useful.


Paul R.

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  • Siglinde

    Wonderful scenary, great group, fabulous guidance- thank you Paul!

    November 12, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Fabulous hike. Let's do something like this again in the winter!

    November 10, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thanks for the great time everyone! Mike and I enjoyed all of your company. So glad we ended up being able to go!

    November 10, 2013

  • Kay

    Wonderful day for a hike to an awesome place, views, group...great lead,Paul! Thxs...Kay

    November 10, 2013

  • Joe L.

    delightful hike, well led! thanks Paul

    November 10, 2013

  • Sophia Sundari P.

    I think I back out as well assuming that it is a 1.5 hr total drive. hope to meet up with all you guys some other time. How about a monte sol /monte luna hike sometime?

    November 10, 2013

  • Sophia Sundari P.

    Paul could you please clarify what the drivetime is? It says 45min RT in one post and 45min each way in another. Thank you!

    November 10, 2013

  • Cathe P.

    I'm going to have to bow out, too. I read 45 minutes round trip, not each way. I cannot be gone that long. So sorry!

    November 10, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I can't make it. I had too much to get done this evening and it took longer than expected. Now I need my rest!

    November 9, 2013

  • Paul R.

    Checked out the road Friday. AWD vehicles will be desirable for a couple of the sandy patches. The drive took 45 minutes each way, slowed down a bit by the washboard.

    Be sure to have enough water and some warm clothes / wind protection. Most of the hike is in the open and unshaded.

    Paul[masked]

    November 9, 2013

  • Lynne

    Sorry I can't make it Paul. I really enjoy you as a hike leader, so I'll see you next time.

    November 9, 2013

  • Alan

    Sorry no go, food poisioning.

    November 9, 2013

  • Mary N.

    Hi Paul,
    Can I meet you at the bank of mailboxes at Camino La Tierra? They're on the right just before the stop sign at Wildflower drive. I could be there by 8:45. I live one mile from there.

    November 7, 2013

    • Paul R.

      Yes , will try to keep a seat open for you

      1 · November 7, 2013

  • marty k.

    33 years in Santa Fe and I've never been up on Buckman Mesa. Looking forward to it.

    November 7, 2013

  • Joel T.

    Wish we lived there already. This one would please me.

    November 6, 2013

    • Sophia Sundari P.

      when are you moving here Joel?

      November 6, 2013

    • Joel T.

      Gotta sell the house in tucson first. But if we visit in the meantime I will try and link up on a hike

      November 7, 2013

  • sandra B.

    Hi Paul -- I have done this hike more than a dozen times. Could I meet you down at the head of the arroyo instead of coming into town? And I would like to bring my dogs, Dante and Alighieri, who have done many hikes with this group. Please let me know if that's okay and what time you expect to be at the arroyo .. or at the trail head itself which is where i like to park.

    November 6, 2013

    • sandra B.

      I'll be waiting at the arroyo (close to the river) by 9:15 which is probably the earliest you could get there from town. sound okay?

      November 6, 2013

    • Paul R.

      Yep, sounds good

      November 6, 2013

  • Sophia Sundari P.

    so looking forward to this!!! My poles are still in Colorado, does anyone have some extras that I coudl borrow?

    November 6, 2013

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