This trip will take us to lightly visited Serpent Lake in the Pecos Wilderness. This lake (and a 2nd smaller one) sits in the middle of a large, grassy meadow (11,500 ft) with several high peaks (slightly under 13,000 ft) surrounding the basin. We've seen a large herd of elk around the lakes in the past and bighorn sheep up on the ridge above the lakes. We'll take the Alamitos Trail #19 from the parking area at the trailhead all the way to the trail spur that drops us down to the lakes. We'll have the option of a day hike up to the summits of two surrounding peaks (Jicarita at 12,835 ft and an unamed peak at 12,828).
You will be able to RSVP for this trip starting April 1, 2013
Please Note: Anyone attending our trips must have a signed Waiver & Release form on file with us. This waiver covers all trips and activities 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 May 17, 2013
Trip Dates: May 31 (Friday evening) thru June 2 (Sunday hike out)
Drive Time to Trailhead/Camp Area on Friday Night: 2.5 hours from ABQ
Camp Area Location: Near the end of Forest Road 161
Directions to Camp Area/Trailhead: Take I-25 north to Santa Fe, then US 84/285 (St Francis Exit) out of Santa Fe north into Espanola. In Espanola you will continue "straight" through town which puts you on SR 68. Continue on SR 68 approx. 22 miles and turn right onto SR 75. Go approx. 17 miles and you will come to Penasco and the junction with SR 518 where you will turn right and continue down SR 518. Continue approx 13 miles on SR 518 and look for Forest Rd 161 where you will turn right. Continue down Forest Rd 161 for 4.5 miles and you'll come to a large parking area at the end of the road. This Forest Rd is gravel so a passenger car can easily make it. Our camp is about 100 yards from the parking area on the other side of the creek. The trail to our camp is obvious, just follow the trail/old dirt road past the barricade. You'll find us off to the right of the trail.
Trip Rating: Moderate (day hike could be difficult with elevation gain)
Trail Length: 4 miles Saturday, 4 miles Sunday (8 miles total) *With option for day hikes to peaks
Elevation Gain: 1,080 ft to lake and 2,115 ft to Jicarita Peak (day hike)
Elevation Range: 10,720 ft to 11,800 ft (to lake) and an additional 1,335 ft to Jicarita Peak summit
Expected Temps at 11,800 ft: Highs around 60, lows around 40
Notice: Disregard the info/map directions link as it is incorrect!
Contact Bob F with any questions!