Cooks or Cookes Peak Dayhike, Cookes Range, NM

Jornada Hiking & Outdoors Club
Jornada Hiking & Outdoors Club
Public group

Cookes Range

Highway 26 · Deming, NM

How to find us

EP/LC follow I-10 to Deming, north on 180, northeast on NM 26

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Cookes Peak, 8408 ft. is an unforgettable landmark peak, located north of Deming in Luna County, New Mexico. Visible for miles along I-10, the peak is notable for its spire summit.

Hike Rating: Strenuous, the last 1/8 mile to the summit consists of rock scrambling on an exposed slope.

Length: 5 mile round-trip

Elevation Gain/Loss: 2300 feet

This is a strenuous day hike. You should be in good physical shape for this outing before attempting it. We will all hike together as a group. No one will be allowed to hike ahead at any time. If you are unwilling to comply with that, please drop out of the outing. I limit difficult day hikes to 12 people so that we do not separate as is the case with large groups and other leaders.

EP hikers meet-up to carpool at the Kohls/Starbucks parking lot in west EP at 7am. LC hikers meet-up at the Whataburger parking lot off of I-10 at 7:45to 8am where the EP hikers will stop on our way to the trail-head. High clearance or 4-wheel drive vehicle is needed for this hike. There is 14.2 miles of dirt road leading to the trail-head parking area. The last 3 miles is very rocky requiring a high clearance vehicle and possibly 4-wheel drive.

8,408 foot Cooks Peak

As a crow flies, Cookes Peak is located approximately 17 miles north of Deming. The peak can be accessed from Deming by driving northeast on New Mexico Highway 26 about 13.5 miles to Cookes Canyon Road NE, which is marked by a green street sign on the left side of the road. This road is also known as County Road A019. The peak is on BLM land.