New Meetup: Weekend Backpacking Trip to Hermits Peak (Pecos)

From: Bob F
Sent on: Monday, March 1, 2010 1:12 PM
Announcing a new Meetup for The New Mexico Backpackers Meetup Group!

What: Weekend Backpacking Trip to Hermits Peak (Pecos)

When: Friday, June 18,[masked]:00 PM

Where:
Hermits Peak
Pecos Wilderness Santa Fe National Forest
Santa Fe, NM 87504

This trip takes us to the extreme southeast corner of the Pecos Wilderness. Towering cliffs dominate the eastern escarpment of this flat topped mountain, Hermits Peak. The rocky trail climbs steadily and gets steeper the further you go, crossing a creek a couple times before switchbacking up a narrow canyon below the large cliffs. Once on the summit we'll make camp amongst the pines and have water available from nearby Hermits Spring. The views from the summit are beautiful and expansive. Note: This hike is rated difficult because of the elevation gain in relatively short mileage and a rocky trail.

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 have 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 June 4, 2010

Trip Dates: June 18 (Fri evening) thru June 20 (Sun hike out)

Drive Time to Campground/Trailhead: 2 hr 45 min from ABQ

Campground Location: El Porvenir Campground

Directions to Campground: Take I-25 north to Las Vegas. Exit into Las Vegas. In the center of town take NM 65 west to Montezuma and the Armand Hammer World College. Continue on NM 65 through the towns of Gallinas and El Porvenir. At approximately 14.5 miles (from when you got on NM 65) the road splits and you'll take the right fork to the campground about 2.5 miles further (watch for the marked signs). Look for our Meetup sign in the campground.

Trip Rating: Difficult

Trail Length: 4 miles Saturday, 4 miles Sunday, 8 miles total (with option for day hike)

Elevation Gain: 2,712 feet (in 4 miles)

Elevation Range: 7,500 feet to 10,212 feet

Expected Temps: Highs in 70's, lows in upper 40's

Dogs Allowed: Yes, but must be on leash in campground

Notice: Disregard the info/map directions link as it is incorrect!

Contact Bob F with any questions

Learn more here:
http://www.meetup.com/newmexicobackpackers/calendar/12746756/

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