This trip will take us up into the heart of the Pecos Wilderness to one of the more remote sections which leads to the Santa Barbara Divide, Truchas Lakes and Truchas Peaks. We'll start off from Santa Barbara campground at 8,800 ft along trail #24 which follows the West Fork of the Rio Santa Barbara then continue up the Rio Santa Barbara on trail #25 passing through many meadows and aspens with great views of the surrounding peaks before finding our camp for the night (6 miles in). Those with enough motivation and stamina can then do the 13 mile round trip hike up to the divide (12,000 ft) and the base of the Truchas Peaks either later in the day on Saturday or Sunday morning before we hike out. You'll have views of several peaks before reaching the divide, then once on the divide have spectacular views of the Truchas Peaks (over 13,000 ft tall), Chimayosos Peak, Barbara Peak, Jicarita Peak and so on. For those with a little less motivation you can hike up to No Fish Lake (about a mile and a half from the divide) and only have a 10 mile round trip with quite a bit less elevation gain. And for those of us with no motivation you can just do a short hike through the meadows and enjoy the beautiful scenery around our camp!
You will be able to RSVP for this trip starting May 1, 2014
Please Note: Anyone attending our trips must have a signed Waiver & Release form on file with us. This waiver covers all trips and activities with our group so you only need to sign it once. If you have not already signed this form it can be downloaded from our "More/Files" section and turned in to the organizer when you arrive for the trip.
If you RSVP Yes for this trip please plan on attending. Please read our RSVP Policy located in our "Pages" section.
The deadline for changing a "Yes" RSVP to a "No" RSVP is May 23, 2014
Trip Dates: June 6 (Friday evening) thru June 8 (Sunday hike out)
Drive Time to Campground on Friday Evening: 2.5 hours from ABQ
Campground Location: Santa Barbara Campground Note: There is a fee for this campground around $15/night which we'll split amongst us
Directions to Campground/Trailhead: Take I-25 north to Santa Fe and exit onto US 84/285 to Espanola. Once in Espanola continue "straight" thru town (US 84/285 breaks off to the left) and you will now be on SR 68. Continue on SR 68 north for 20.5 miles and turn right onto SR 75 at Dixon. Continue on SR 75 about 15 miles to Penasco. About 1 mile past the junction with SR 76 you will want to go to the right (SR 75 turns sharply left) and you will now be on SR 73. Continue down SR 73 for another 1.5 miles and turn left onto C-026/FR116. Important! This turn is confusing! There's always been a sign for C-026, but sometimes not a sign for FR116. A half mile or so after turning left (on C-026) you'll want to curve to your right and stay on FR116. C-026 goes off to the left onto an uphill dirt road and gets very rough! Now past the C-026 turnoff and continuing down FR116 for 6 miles you'll come to Santa Barbara Campground. Turn into the campground and go around the loop and when you're heading back towards the entrance look for our tents (and 8" x 10" Meetup sign) in one of the sites.
Trip Rating: Moderate
Trail Length: 6 miles Saturday, 6 miles Sunday (12 miles total) *With options for various day hikes including around 13 miles (round trip) if hiking up to the divide
Elevation Gain: 1,400 feet (additional 1,000 ft gain if going up to the divide)
Elevation Range: 8,800 ft to 10,200 ft (with an additional 1,000 to 1,500 ft potential on day hike)
Expected Temps: At base camp, highs in 70's and lows in 40's
Dogs Allowed, must be on leash in campground
Notice: Disregard the info/map directions link as it is incorrect!
Contact Bob F with any questions