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

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  • NMSU Pan Am Center Parking lot

    1810 East University , Las Cruces, NM (map)

    32.273163 -106.778877

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

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  • Samat

    The weather in Pecos is looking terrible: http://forecast.weather.gov/MapClick.php?zoneid=NMZ512, with the chance of rain/snow at 80% for pretty much the entire northern/central part of the state (meaning we can't do our plan B, Santa Fe Baldy). This is too long of a hike to have to deal w/ bad weather. I'm canceling the Truchas Peak trip; we'll do it later in the summer. Instead, we'll be doing a backpacking trip in the opposite direction, Chiricahua Peak. It's much shorter (12 mi round-trip), still high altitude for those wanting to train (topping out at 10k feet), and has several active springs. Since it's closer to Las Cruces we can also leave much later in the day. I've created a new event here: http://www.meetup.com/jornada-hikers/events/184367512/ Please RSVP if you can make it.

    May 21, 2014

  • Pauline M.

    Whoops 50 percent of snow showers, chance of thunder storm low of 31 Friday . there is chance of snow. Between 50 to30. Decreasing-during the weekend. source: National Weather Service

    May 19, 2014

    • Samat

      Unfortunately, the weather isn't looking good… http://forecast.weath...­ (thanks Pauline for the link). It'll be raining at our Plan B hike at Santa Fe Baldy. Any recommendations for a plan C hike? Ruidoso somewhere (where it may also be raining, but at least warmer)?

      May 19, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      I was tracking weather last night not looking good for sure. with thunderstorms in forecast I don't want to be on any ridges. I don't work so if anyone wants to hike or set up trips on weekdays let me know! I really want to do do this hike preferably on a 4 day trek

      May 19, 2014

  • Rosario R.

    In case you want to know!

    Make sure to water proof your tent and hiking boots. I bought a can of water repellent and I am planning to spray my tent and hiking boots.

    See you on the trails :)

    May 18, 2014

    • Pauline M.

      Scotch guard..is that the stuff you are talking about.

      May 19, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    which trail did you decide on?

    May 13, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Sorry to bother you again but can you detail trip some more please. miles per day, etc. total miles. is the write up above the new one?

      May 18, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Is it Jack Creek trail #257????

      May 18, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    where is our trail head starting point is it trial #257?

    May 18, 2014

  • Rosario R.

    Any idea if we need crampons?

    May 18, 2014

  • Kenny J.

    Have we settled on leaving Fri or Sat?

    May 13, 2014

    • Yubao

      Leaving Saturday morning 5:00 am at NMSU Pan American Center parking lot.

      May 13, 2014

    • Samat

      Saturday is settled. What's the earliest in the AM that it's reasonable to leave?

      May 13, 2014

  • Rosario R.

    Samat,

    What are the set dates for this trip? and how is the water situation? Do we have to carry all our water or is available at most points.

    May 9, 2014

    • Yubao

      Samat, did you mean late Monday instead of Sunday?

      May 13, 2014

    • Samat

      Yes, late Monday.

      May 13, 2014

  • Samat

    I'm 80% sure we're during Truchas Peak. I want to talk w/ some folks w/ the NM backpackers meetup this weekend and see their opinion of the area post-fire. The rangers say it's fine for backpacking. I'm going to be LOCKED on a destination by Monday.

    1 · May 9, 2014

  • Pauline M.

    I have never done either, is Santa Fe Baldy be set up as an alternative for weather conditions? I need to start planning my food for the gluten free / diary free meals I have to carry. I still need to buy a few more things for the hike. Time is not a concern for me. Packing is

    May 8, 2014

    • Samat

      Yes and yes, go ahead and start planning your meals now.

      May 8, 2014

  • Yubao

    Samat, time's nigh to solidify the plan of the trip, so we all can be duly prepared. BTW, my preference is Truchas Peak.

    May 7, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Mine to The ranger told me last summer that is awesome.and I just read about in BP Magazine recently. Too

      May 7, 2014

    • Samat

      I want to do the Truchas Peaks as well—but it is FAR and I'm worried whether it's reasonable to do in 3 days+driving. Can you guys get to the trailhead in Pecos, NM by 9a (or earlier!) Sat. morning, and are you OK w/ arriving very late Monday or even coming back on Tuesday? Also, I'm worried about snow and fire damage (inciweb.org is down for me).

      May 7, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I was just reading about Truchas Peak Route in backpacker magazine. It suppose to be amazing!!

    1 · April 21, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Lets see how many sign up. and see if there are any time restraints. Are you flexible?

      May 6, 2014

    • Samat

      I've a lot of ideas floating, but haven't settled on anything. I'll be in Albuquerque that Friday and unable to take off (true for many I've talked to), so that means the earliest I can personally start is 6a Saturday morning. With that time constraint I'm thinking it best to do the Lake Katherine route.

      May 6, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    any updates on this trip ? I don't have any time restraints.

    May 6, 2014

  • Pauline M.

    when do I have to commit (or bet committed)

    April 2, 2014

    • Samat

      May 17? Going to set a cut-off for RSVPs once I've more stuff fleshed out…

      April 2, 2014

    • Pauline M.

      thanks that makes me feel better.

      April 2, 2014

  • Pauline M.

    I am on the fence on this one. I think the word freezing scares me. I have plenty of warm clothes and have camped with frost and ice covering the tent

    April 2, 2014

    • Samat

      There won't be frost or ice, and IMHO you'll be fine. I did East Pecos Baldy last year w/out a coat, and I slept fine (though I could not stay outside past 6:30). I just want to avoid people showing up in t-shirts and with ultra-minimal backpacking stuff, like a tarp and blanket, thinking it's "summer" and they'll be OK.

      April 2, 2014

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