Peak(s):  Jicarita Peak - 12835
Santa Barbara Peak - 12626
Date Posted:  10/31/2016
Date Climbed:   10/26/2016
Author:  tomcat32
 Backpacking New Mexico's Pecos Wilderness   

Last week (Monday- Wednesday) I headed south and did a three day 50 mile backpacking trip in the Pecos Wilderness of New Mexico.
This is a beautiful area with great mountain scenery and hardly any traffic compared to CO. I started at Santa Barbara CG trailhead and headed toward Truchas Peak (NM 2nd highest and 3rd Highest N Truchas Peak) Descended toward Pecos Falls and returned with 12 + miles above treeline on Skyline and Divide Trails. Along the way I summited the 8th and 14th highest NM peaks Jicarita and Santa Barbara Peaks. 8 or 9 of the highest 21 NM peaks are very close or along this route with a handful climbable close to the route. I spotted close to 3 dozen elk and 18 bighorn sheep.

I had fresh snow my first morning but otherwise endless views wonderful scenery and I highly recommend the area.

I have the full TR and well over 100 photos at my blog

Comments or Questions
10/31/2016 18:45
Don't you know you're supposed to speak of the Truchas in hushed tones like the Gores to keep people out. I spent a week in the Truchas 10 or 11 years ago and boy do they suck! Your excellent trip report and picture brought back some painful memories about how much I hated that area...

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11/01/2016 09:41
I live near the Gore, so am happy to ship everyone to the Pecos. Nice report, we went in that way for the Truchas Group over the July 4th holiday and had a great time. Would be cool to hit those 12ers on a return trip sometime, or just traverse the Truchas Peaks again, great place!

Cool seeing the scenery again
11/01/2016 20:10
I was in Pecos in June. We approached from the south and camped at Pecos Baldy Lake, which has quite a view (A bummer that you missed it). One member of our group had pneumonia, so we decided to forgo Trailrider's wall and hiking the Truchas group, which was still snowy, and drop down to Beatty Flats via Dockweilers like how you did. Boy was that a mistake. We maneuvered around dead trees for hours. We probably sawed 15+ large trees to clear section of the path without making a dent into the blockage. Regardless, seeing the scenery almost makes me miss the misery.

11/06/2016 23:00

11/06/2016 22:54
Looks like the colorado sangre's are much more prominent, interesting, and closer. Plus bud is very illegal in New Mexico, still. I thought I remembered hearing they were nothing special and glad that I know now.

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