Due to deep snow in the intended area of travel, I had to push this trip back. Instead of snow, we may have to deal with the start of the monsoon. I put safety first so this itinerary is subject to change if T-Storms are active. If that's the case then we'd stay low and explore the terrain under the tree line. This trip will take place over 5 days since there's a bunch of driving involved but worth it.
The plan is to get together on Wednesday sometime andstart the 8-10 hour drive to the Jacks Creek TH located at the end of NM63 north of Cowles. I'm hoping that we'll hit the trail upon arrival the next day and hike in 6.6 miles to Beatty's cabin (9500'). That should take us 4-5 hours to reach, lungs permitting. If not, we'd go in a few miles until we found a good camp spot.
Day 2: Make it to Truchas Lakes (11870'). There will be some elevation to hike up. I've found three trails of various lengths to reach the lakes (6.2,7.2 and 10.2 miles). We'll decide which one that morning. Shorter doesn't mean easier, just steeper!
Day 3: Will be a short day of 5.3 miles to reach Pecos Baldy Lake (11500'ish). This will be a good day to explore the high country and bag a peak or two. The following day we'll descend back to Jacks Creek TH (6.6 miles) and head home.
I'm not a professional guide but do have 100's of nights of experience out backpacking. I've created this gang since I enjoy getting to know fellow backpackers and reconnecting with ones that I haven't seen in some time. Most of the places I venture to are remote with help being many hours, sometimes days away. When you attend my trips you acknowledge that you are responsible for yourself and bad things can happen. However I intend on using good judgement when leading and watching out for all. I may not be with you at all times but in the event something bad happens, I will attempt to get help ASAP and/or help you get out. I expect the same in return. I watch your back, you watch mine.