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New Meetup: Cave Creek/Horse Thief Meadow

From: Wayland
Sent on: Monday, June 8, 2009 5:58 PM
Announcing a new Meetup for The New Mexico Backpackers Meetup Group!

What: Cave Creek/Horse Thief Meadow

When: August 7,[masked]:00 PM

Where: Click the link below to find out!

Meetup Description: The trail passes through lush forests of Douglas-fir, aspen, and blue spruce. Willows and other deciduous shrubs and trees line the banks of the clear, rushing stream. Trout flit out of sight under rocks and banks at your approach. Continue up the trail, watching the creek on your left closely. Soon the sound of running water reappears and a cave mouth appears on the left bank of the creek. Special attractions: lush forest; trout stream; caves.

This hike is rated as moderate but you should still be in relatively good shape. Dogs are allowed on this hike. There should be plenty of water but like all outdoor water sources, it will need to be filtered and or treated.

Activity Type: Hiking
Dogs Allowed:Yes, on leash
Nearby City: Cowles, NM
Length: 6 total miles
Elev. Gain: 780 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-Back
Skill Level: Moderate
Season: Late May through early November
Trailhead Elev: 8320 feet
Top Elev: 9100 feet
Local Contacts: Pecos-Las Vegas Ranger District, Santa Fe National Forest,[masked]
Local Maps: Cave Creek Topo Map Pecos Wilderness; Santa Fe National Forest; Cowles 7.5-minute USGS quad.
Guide book: Hiking New Mexico Guide Book

Trailhead Directions: From Pecos (about 20 miles east of Santa Fe), drive up the Pecos River Valley on paved NM 63 to the summer home area of Cowles. Drive slowly in Pecos itself; the town is a speed trap. Turn left at the small fishing lake in Cowles and cross the Pecos River, following the signs to Winsor Creek and Panchuela trailheads. Immediately after crossing the river, turn right on the Panchuela road. It is a very narrow single lane paved road. After driving through a guest ranch, you will reach the Panchuela trailhead, picnic area and wilderness parking area at the end of the road. There is a $5.00 per night fee for parking overnight.

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