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North Truchas Peak-Difficult

The plan is to hike to the San Leonardo Lakes where the the off-trail adventure to North Truchas Peak  begins. There are three other peaks to summit along the way on steep alpine terrain. If you are afraid of heights or falling you will not enjoy this hike. There are two exposed scrambles along the way (non-technical climbing using hand and foot holds without the protection of rope) where a slip or fall would not be fun or a good thing. The first scramble is fairly easy and can be avoided. The second scramble is exposed and CANNOT. Let me Repeat: If you are afraid of heights or falling, this hike is not for you. The hike is difficult with lots of steep ups and downs (more than 6,000 feet of elevation gain) along the 15 mile route. Needless to say, you should be in good physical shape and be an experienced hiker if you want to attend.

We will need a high clearance vehicle to access this peak; I don't have one. If nobody signs up for this hike has a car that can take us there, I will cancel the hike. If you want to join, please mention whether or not you have a vehicle that can get us there (I will be more than happy to pitch in and pay for your gas). If we get a ride and you need to carpool, please make sure to bring some cash to help pay for gas too.

By the way, North Truchas Peak is the peak farthest back in the photograph. As you can see, there is quite a bit of travel above treeline to get there. It is a physically demanding hike!

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  • Eric B.

    Great pictures! I'm sorry I missed this big adventure.

    September 29, 2013

  • Regina G.

    It was a very challenging and difficult hike. But the reward was worth the work. The views were incredible steep peaks, snow capped mountains far in the distance and we saw bighorn sheep too! Thanks Doug and Christina

    September 29, 2013

  • Doug F.

    Outstanding but difficult hike with snow and ice that made things even harder, bringing this adventure into the realm of mountaineering. It took us close to 13 hours to complete (an hour and a half in the dark with headlamps) as we made it up 6 peaks and didn't get back to Albuquerque till 11 p.m.
    Thank you Regina and Christina for accompanying me and thanks again Badass for the ride.

    September 29, 2013

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