Past Meetup

Truchas Lake/Peaks in the Pecos Wilderness (Santa Fe Natl Forest) [backpacking]


NMSU Pan Am Center Parking lot

1810 East University · Las Cruces, NM

How to find us

Near the NM Park & Ride stop. See description for more details.

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First backpacking trip of the year! (I forgot to post the one I did in January, and the spring break one unfortunately did not work out).

Dates and times are set. We're leaving (extremely early) Saturday, May 24, and returning late May 26.

We are doing the Truchas Peak, southern approach route:

• Truchas Peak ( 2nd highest peak (by prominence) in NM. We will bag Pecos Baldy/East Pecos Baldy Peaks along the way. Unfortunately, this route has suffered quite a bit of fire damage and I'm unsure of the condition of the area. ~30 mi round-trip. We need a full 3 nights for this!

As a backup route (in the case of bad weather/conditions):

• Santa Fe Baldy and Lake Katherine ( 13 mi round-trip. This is the least isolated of all the hikes (we depart from a ski area), and can either be a 2-night or 3-night trip. Doing a 3-night trip, we'd spend a day bagging the (many) nearby peaks in the area.

All of these routes are high altitude (10,000 ft+) and it will drop to freezing at night (something I found out the hard way): bring spring/winter backpacking gear, it is not summer up there. There will be snow drifts we will have to wade through or walk around (hopefully not much) and a lot of mud.

Do NOT RSVP to this event unless you are COMMITTING to attending! Leave a comment if you've a question.