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A beautiful hike in the Pecos Wilderness along a mountain stream in a tree lined canyon with several diverse bridges but also some shallow water crossings.
Meet at 8:45 and leave at 9 AM sharp at the west parking area of Lowe's at I-25 and Paseo
Give your drivers a fair donation.
A few members of another hiking group will join us.
Everyone participates at their own risk and is responsible for their own health and safety.
It may be in the mid to high 80* but we will be in the shade most of the time. Bring a lunch if you want to eat at the turn around stop, lots of water, sun screen, etc.
I will turn on my cell phone, which is normally off, that morning:[masked].
Pictures from this hike in 2019: https://photos.app.goo.gl/cWDXaBAZo2ZkrDoH6
El Porvenir Hike
In Las Vegas Region
Hike Class B Moderate,
Hike Miles 5.1
Minimum Elevation 7500
Elevation Gain 490
Total Uphill 345
Total Downhill 345
Avg Grade 4 %
Route Type InOut
Drive Miles Round Trip 282
Drive Time Oneway 2:30
Highlights: A walk along a beautiful stream with wildflowers and views of the cliffs above. Several water crossings which you can sometimes make going from rock to rock but a good sense of balance is needed. There is also a couple of bridge crossings.
Cautions: Hiking poles useful when crossing the stream or rocky areas.
Consider water shoes or bring an extra pair of shoes and socks.
Actual Hike: Cross the road from the small parking area to start on the trail which follows the stream on one side or the other. There are a number of stream crossings, not enough to require water shoes in the fall but could be more challenging earlier in the year. The first part of the trail has several wooden bridges and one metal swinging bridge. The trail is easy to follow, shady, and runs mostly north-south. An early landmark is the CHIMNEY (1.2 mi). About half a mile later, the trail passes into the Pecos WILDERNESS (1.7 mi) area. Take time to look over the trail down into the river, where you'll see some SLICKROCK (2.1 mi) and small cascades. There are glimpses of the canyon walls on either side, and peaks off in the distance (El Cielo (about 9800 ft) to the west and Hermit Peak (about 10000 ft) to the east). Take your time over some ROCKS (2.65 mi) and reach a deep pool with a TINY WTR FALL (2.7 mi). Look for fish in the pool.
Bring a snack or lunch to eat here.
This a LONG day hike in the Pecos, at around 9,400'- 10,350. [masked] mls RT, in a lovely area. Up through Hamilton Mesa, & down to the Pecos River. Meet, set up carpooling, & go. Eat lunch at river, relax. If there has been very recent rain, road can have a bad muddy spot. Generally OK for SUV clearance: Prius: no. Google "Irongate Campground " for parking spot. Don't forget rain jacket & lunch!
If interested, we can stop by Harry's Roadhouse afterwards for social chow time! Dogs are OK if: they aren't barkers; get along with people & other dogs; are on a leash where necessary; poop is picked up along trails. Those not going must post off prior to day of event.
Neither Meetup nor Organizer is responsible for health issue, injury, property loss, etc.: Attendee assumes ALL responsibility.
Please ACCLIMATE to elevation within a week or two of this hike, if not used to it. This goes to 11,400', & though not steep, it is ALL uphill to the lake, & will be at a moderately fast pace, to try to beat any potential afternoon monsoons that time of year. It will not be a timed or conditioning hike, but please just know your OWN limits: it IS a long hike. If you don't make the top, we'll meet you on the way down, or the parking lot. Meet, organize carpooling, & leave by 7:25. Directions will be given to parking area for hike at that time; we will not wait there for long, so don't dilly dally getting there. Drive to Trampas Lakes Trailhead. Do the hike (moderate in elevation gain, difficult perhaps for length). MUST BE FIT ENOUGH for a 6.2 mile, steady UPHILL trek. So, approx. 12.4+ miles, RT. Two lakes are there. Eat lunch & take time to walk around lakes, or relax if u want. Head back. Those not going must post off prior to day of event. Neither Meetup nor event Organizer is liable for any injury, property loss, health issues: Attendee assumes all risks.
Meet at Lowe's/Target. Arrange carpooling in advance. Go over directions & leave for trailhead up Hwy 63, N of Pecos. Hike in, set-up tents, then hike to Johnson Lake, if time & weather comply. If not, hike to Johnson next morning. Following morning hike to Katherine Lake. Come back that day or next morning. Stewart Lake will be base camp for day hikes. So pack up for 3 1/2 days. Stewart is 10,200'. Johnson is 11,100. Katherine is 11,745'. No telling how low water will be, but should still be gorgeous! Neither Meetup nor event Organizer is liable for any injury, property loss, health issues: Attendee assumes ALL risks.