Truchas Peaks Extended Labor Day Weekend Backpacking Trip

This Labor Day Weekend trip will take us up into the heart of the Pecos Wilderness to one of the more remote sections around 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 interested can then do the 13 mile round trip hike up to the divide (12,000 ft) and the base of the Truchas Peaks on Saturday or Sunday. 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. 

You will be able to RSVP for this trip starting July 1, 2012

Please Note: Anyone attending our trips must have a signed Waiver & Release form on file with us.  This waiver covers all trips and activities for 2012, so you only need to sign it once. If you have not already signed this form it can be downloaded from our "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 August 16, 2012

Trip Dates: August 30 (Thursday evening) thru September 3 (Monday hike out)

Drive Time to Campground on Thursday Evening: 2.5 hours from ABQ

Campground Location: Santa Barbara Campground Note: There is a fee for this campground around $10/night

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 continue straight (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.  Within 50 yards 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 on the right.  

Trip Rating:  Moderate

Trail Length: 6 miles Friday, 6 miles Monday (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 hikes)

Expected Temps: At base camp, highs in 60's to 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

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  • Matt D

    Very well organized!

    September 4, 2012

  • Bob F

    Great weather & fun group!

    September 4, 2012

  • Bob F

    I'll be arriving to the campground (Thursday night) by 5:00 pm at the latest. If anyone arrives earlier please follow the directions listed and reserve the campsite mentioned above. It's the very large site with the meadow & fence behind it, so plenty of room for our tents.

    August 29, 2012

  • Debbie

    I just rsvpd for Keiths trip but I would like to car pool leaving on fri. at about 3:30 returningg on mon. if you are interested let me know.Thanks

    August 28, 2012

  • Karen E.

    Bob I apoligize but I will not make this trip. I know this is a really late cancellation. I had a awesome trip on the Wonderland Trail. Not an incident or blister. Came back to Phoenix and caught a summer cold. Been taking everything I can but it is still with me. My guest Timmy has to work so he wanted to give an opportunity to someone else to take his place too. Again I am sorry. I want to go on one of your trips, unfortunately it will not be this one.

    August 27, 2012

  • Keith F.

    I have posted an optional version of this event which is only 3 days starting on Friday night if anyone has trouble getting off on Friday. It will differ in that we will hike up 11 miles the first day and have the middle day to shoot for the tops of South, Middle and West Truchas Peaks.

    August 7, 2012

    • gina

      where would be camp out friday night? that may work for me better. can we carpool to the trailhead friday night?

      August 13, 2012

    • Keith F.

      We will camp at the same campground (Santa Barbara) on Friday night. Carpooling is great. I might try to set something up. Some people prefer to arrange their own.

      August 14, 2012

  • gina

    can I bring a guest?

    August 7, 2012

  • Keith F.

    Bob, if you don't object my plan is to hike all the way to the No Fish Lakes on Friday. Emily will probably join me. Anyone else wanting to do so is welcome, up to the 15 person wilderness limit. If this event fills up I'll post the longer hike as a separate event. I want to make the 3 more southerly Truchas Peaks on Saturday.

    July 31, 2012

    • Craig

      Keith, if you don't mind, I'll join you in your travels further into the wilderness.

      August 6, 2012

  • chris b.

    Any one from from the Clovis area?

    August 6, 2012

  • Matt D

    Thanks Sean!

    August 5, 2012

  • Sean K.

    It is unheard of in NM for vehicles to be broken into by bears and other non-human critters. Any food left in the vehicle should be safe.

    August 5, 2012

  • Matt D

    I'm looking forward to this trip. I have been working 7 days a week for the past few weeks. This will be my first trip with this group and I'm not familiar with NM. Can food and an ice-chest be left in our vehicles without fear of Bears and varmints? What about the fishing?
    Best Regards,
    Matt

    August 5, 2012

  • Justin H.

    Sean, I believe Karen is out "adventuring" but as part of her party I'll answer on her behalf. Her +1 is for another backpacker that'll be attending with us.

    July 31, 2012

  • Sean K.

    Karen, I was wondering if the +1 was for Justin, as he has signed up on his own now.

    July 31, 2012

  • Karen E.

    Bob I can fill the last spot. His name is Justin, great backpacker. He is signing up for the meetup as a member. Can you hold the last spot for him?

    July 27, 2012

  • Karen E.

    Thank you, looking forward to exploring a new area and meeting peeps who are one with the outdoor or we try to be.

    July 27, 2012

  • Bob F

    Hi Karen, Yes that's fine to change your RSVP if needed when you get back. As far as carpooling, we leave this up to each individual member to arrange so you'll want to post your desire to carpool with someone as we get closer to the trip. Have a great trip to Mt. Rainier.

    July 27, 2012

  • Karen E.

    Bob, I am coming from Las Cruces and would like to join a carpool in Albuquerque. I am doing the Wonderland Trail around Mt. Rainier and will not be back into Phoenix until August 17th. So I will miss the RSVP time. As long as all goes well I would like to do this backpack. Just in case is there a way I can RSVP No when I get back? Your reply will determine if I can RSVP yes. Thanks Karen

    July 26, 2012

  • gina

    it looks like I could make this trip. :)

    July 4, 2012

  • Dean

    I just realized that this is for a Friday start... I can't be there Thursday night... probably not untill Friday evening. ....I might have to drop out..... but it's more than a month away, so maybe I'll put in for Friday off. We'll see.

    July 3, 2012

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