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New Meetup: Extended 4 Day Backpacking Trip to Truchas Lakes

From: Bob F
Sent on: Monday, May 3, 2010 10:44 AM
Announcing a new Meetup for The New Mexico Backpackers Meetup Group!

What: Extended 4 Day Backpacking Trip to Truchas Lakes

When: Thursday, September 2,[masked]:00 PM

Carson National Forest
Pecos Wilderness Camino Ranger District
Penasco, NM 87553

This high elevation trip will take us up into the heart of the Pecos Wilderness to one of the more remote sections around 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 trial #25 all the way to the divide at 12,000 ft. We'll pass through many meadows and aspens as we continue our long ascent up Santa Barbara Canyon to the divide. We'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. After coming off the divide we'll come to the trail junction of trail #25 and the Skyline Trail #251. We'll set up base camp near this junction where there's some nice camping spots and some flowing springs set amongst the mixed conifer forest and meadows. From our base camp we'll be able to day hike to Truchas Lakes, several peaks and continue along the Skyline Trail which straddles the divide and offers spectacular views. This is a strenuous rated trip due to the mileage and elevation gain. You will want to be prepared for sudden weather changes with the proper clothing and gear. Contact the organizer if you have any questions on what to bring.

We will have to cross the river and creek several times and depending on the monsoon season one of these crossings could be thigh level. Bring extra shoes (river shoes?) and socks along with hiking poles (if you're more comfortable using these for water crossings).

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 2010, 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 "About" section.

The deadline for changing a "Yes" RSVP to a "No" RSVP is August 19, 2010

Trip Dates: September 2 (Thursday evening) thru September 6 (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 but the Forest Service is somehow unable to list it anywhere. I suspect it's between $10 & $15/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 13.5 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 1.5 miles and turn left onto Forest Rd 116 and follow the signs for 4 miles to Santa Barbara Campground. Look for our small 8" x 10" Meetup sign and our tents in the campground.

Trip Rating: Strenuous

Trail Length: 11 miles Friday, 11 miles Monday (22 miles total) *With additional miles for day hikes

Elevation Gain: 3,200 feet

Elevation Range: 8,800 ft to 12,000 ft (with an additional 1,000 to 1,500 ft potential on day hikes)

Expected Temps: At base camp, 60 to 70 day and 30 to 40 night

*Make sure you bring appropriate clothing as we'll be camped around 11,500 ft and the weather can change suddenly!

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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