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Weekend Backpacking Trip to Trampas Lakes

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This hike (trail #31) will take us up the canyon of the Rio de las Trampas (along a stream) to the Trampas Lakes which sit below the Truchas and Jicarilla peaks at 11,400 feet. The upper part of this canyon is a typical U-shape caused by past glaciers. Our camp sits between the 2 trout filled lakes in a beautiful setting. This is one of my favorite high elevation hikes in New Mexico!

You will be able to RSVP for this trip starting July 1, 2012

Please Note: Anyone attending our trips must have a signed Waiver & Release form on file with us. This waiver covers all trips and activities so you only have to sign it once. If you have not already signed this form, it can be downloaded from our Files section and turned in to the organizer when you arrive for the trip.

If you RSVP Yes for this trip please plan on attending. Please read our RSVP Policy located in our "Pages" section

The deadline for changing a "Yes" RSVP to a "No" RSVP is August 3, 2012

Trip Dates: August 17 (Friday evening) thru August 19 (Sunday hike out)

Drive Time to Campground/Trailhead: 2 hr 15 min from ABQ

Campground/Trailhead Location: Trampas Trailhead Primitive Campground Forest Rd 207

Directions to Campground/Trailhead: Take I-25 north to Santa Fe, then US 84/285 (St Francis Exit) out of Santa Fe north into Espanola. Continue "straight" through Espanola and 84/285 becomes SR 68. Continue down SR 68 a short distance and turn right onto SR 76 (also called Santa Cruz Road). Take SR 76 through the village of Truchas where things can get tricky. In Truchas you actually have to make a left turn to stay on State Route 76. If you don't make the turn and continue straight, you'll be on Route 639 which eventually deadends. Back on State Route 76 you'll drive through the village of Trampas. Within a mile after going through Trampas you will turn right onto Forest Road 207. Take FR 207 through El Valle and in approximately 9 miles it ends at the primitive campsite and trailhead. Look for our Meetup sign and tents. If by chance the campsites at the end of the road are full we'll camp a little further back up the road, so just turn around and look for us!

A passenger car can easily make this drive, just keep an eye out for a few rocks!

Trip Rating: Moderate to Difficult (high elevation and gain)

Trail Length: 6 miles Saturday, 6 miles Sunday, 12 miles total (day hike options)

Elevation Gain: 2,500 ft

Elevation Range: 8,900 feet to 11,400 feet

Expected Temps: Highs in 70's, lows near 50

Dogs Allowed

Notice: Disregard the info/map directions link as it is incorrect!

Contact Bob F with any questions