San Pedro Parks - via the Palomas Trail

As an alternative to the Rio Quemado meetup (which got cancelled due to Pecos Closure) I am thinking of doing this trip instead, but would like to find out how many are interested.

This is a different route into the San Pedro Parks via the
Palomas Trail along the Rio de las Vacas. The San Pedro Parks offers unparalleled beauty and is actually one of my favorite trips! There is plenty of opportunity for fishing the Rio de Las Vacas and exploring the surrounding areas. It is a moderate-difficult hike (depending on your physical condition) in for about 5 miles; the first two miles are the most strenuous, then it is pretty easy hiking for the remainder 3 miles. After you have gone ~5.0 miles we
will come to the parks where will set up camp approximately 1/2
mile from where we enter the parks, near the Rio De Las Vacas. The trail is extremely wet in some areas (marshy) and we may run into a small snow field. Waterproof shoes are highly recommended. If attendees would prefer to hike in on Friday vs. Sat, please let me know and we will reschedule the meetup time to earlier and hike in on Friday afternoon.

We will meet on Friday at 6:00 at the approximately .15 mi from the Palomas trailhead off FR70. We can set up camp and hike in on Sat. morning or if everyone wants to meet earlier, we can hike in on Friday afternoon; I need a consensus though.


Directions to Trailhead/Friday Night Camp:

From Albuquerque you have two options - Hwy 550 to Hwy 126 via
Cuba or Hwy 550 to St. Rte 4, to Hwy 126. For those coming from
Santa Fe or Los Alamos you would follow St. Rte 4 to Hwy 126. If you are coming in via Hwy 550, once you are in Cuba turn right onto Hwy 126 and FR 70 is ~10 miles from Cuba on your left. From Hwy 126 (La Cueva) it is about 28 miles and FR 70 is on your right. Follow the signs for San Gregorio Lake Trailhead, but do not stop at that trailhead, continue on FR 70 for approximately 6.5 more miles (total distance from 126 is ~9.5 miles). The Palomas Trailhead is on the left, but the meetup will be on the right just before you get to the parking area.

Trip Rating:  Moderate-difficult (with 2 steep miles)

Trail Length:  5 miles Saturday, 5 miles Sunday (10 miles total)

Elevation Gain: 1,000 ft.

Elevation Range: 9,200-10,200

Expected Temps: highs of 65-70; lows-of 34-40

Dogs Allowed

Notice:  Disregard the info/map directions link as it is incorrect!

 

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  • Derrick

    great group, nice meeting the new folks.

    June 9, 2013

  • Bonita

    REMINDER: For anyone coming up on Friday, we will be camped about .15 mile before the TH off FR 70. For those coming up on Sat. morning, we will leave the TH at 9:30, so please try to be on time if you want to hike with the group, otherwise, the trail is pretty obvious until you cross the river (rio de las Perchas?), at that point you go towards the left to continue on the trail and within about a .25 of a mile you'll see a sign along the river that points you toward Damien meadow - don't follow that sign, just stay straight on the trail. The trail goes along the river for most of the way after that. Eventually (after about 4.25 mi) you get to the meadow (i.e. the parks) where Anastacio cr and the Rio de las Vacas merge continue on (you have to cross the Rio de las Vacas) bearing right on the trail, and we will be camped ~.50 (+/-) of a mile from where you enter the meadow.

    June 7, 2013

  • Marc

    If its decided to go in today (Friday), and the group will NOT camping at the TH, could someone please post. thx

    June 7, 2013

    • Bonita

      Marc, where we will be camped tonight (Friday) was posted last night in the "details" for this trip. It will be about a tenth of a mile from the trailhead. Let me know if you have any other questions! :)

      June 7, 2013

  • Cory

    Is there fishing near the Friday night camp?

    June 7, 2013

    • Bonita

      Not specifically where we will be camped but in the area there is. On Sat...absolutely! It's one of my favorite places TO fish! :)

      June 7, 2013

  • Marc

    Most likely be after 6 sometime before I get to TH. FYI. Cory- I'm personally not aware of any places to fish at the TH. If you come in per the directions, you might glance as you cross the Vacas on 70 to see if its fishable. I cant remember what the creek looks like on 70.

    2 · June 7, 2013

  • Marc

    I'm in! My first trip with the group. Fly's are ready to go. Looking forward to meeting all.

    1 · June 7, 2013

  • Bonita

    One more thing I forgot to mention, if you have NOT signed a liability waiver, please bring a signed one with you. You only need do it one time and you're good to go! Thanks all! It's going to be a great weekend! :)

    June 6, 2013

  • Bonita

    Hey everyone, I updated the directions and meet up site. Please review and if everyone wants to meet on Friday night I will be able to meet! Looking forward to spending some time in one of my favorite places! Oh, and if you like to fish, bring your gear because this is ONE place where you can spend hours fishing! :)

    June 6, 2013

  • penny

    bonita,
    i don't know if i missed the info, but where is the meet up point for this hike? i'm trying to get an idea of how far from ABQ.
    i continue to be okay w friday or saturday and will go with what the group decides

    June 6, 2013

    • Bonita

      I'll post it when I get home...its not far from the trail head. :)

      June 6, 2013

  • Glenn

    I'm going to get there Friday around 2 pm

    June 6, 2013

  • Danielle

    Hi Bonita! I am up for either Friday or Saturday too. Thank you for organizing an alternate meetup. :)

    1 · June 6, 2013

  • Bonita

    I am taking a consensus would everyone prefer to meet up on Friday night, or Sat. morning?

    June 6, 2013

  • Aku

    Pardon my expressing interest and then withdrawing. This route would be great, but I am in Santa Fe and getting to the trailhead is going to be too time-consuming for me to do in time to join you this Friday. Have fun!

    June 6, 2013

    • Bonita

      Aku, I think you will find that almost all of our meetups require a bit of a drive for everyone; which is why we usually meet up on Friday and hike in on Sat. But once you're there, it's worth it! :)

      June 6, 2013

  • Derrick

    since this is much closer I am gonna come up in the morning.

    June 6, 2013

  • penny

    I'm in! I would hike in Friday or Saturday--whatever folks decide. Thanks Bonita!

    June 6, 2013

  • Glenn

    My pack is ready for this weekend

    June 6, 2013

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