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comment by ThurberMingus
ThurberMingus  ·  193 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Trip Report - New Mexico

Where in the mountains are you going? I've been in a couple places in Carson National Forest and climbed Wheeler Peak. I probably don't have useful advice but I like those mountains.

WanderingEng  ·  193 days ago  ·  link  ·  

I'm headed into Carson National Forest! Any advice would be much appreciated. I'm going to start north of Cowles and follow the Jacks Creek Trail to Pecos Baldy Lake and set up camp there on day 1. Day 2 my plan is to head to Truchas Peak via the Trailriders Wall and back to camp that afternoon. Day 3 is just hike out. It's basically following the plan this guy did but extended to three days:

Alternately, if conditions warrant or if I'm struggling with the altitude (I've done mountain hiking but at lower elevations), I'll either do East Pecos Baldy on day 2 or just bum around the lake for the day.

ThurberMingus  ·  192 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Beautiful area. I worked at Philmont Scout Ranch two summers, which is just 30 miles or so NE of Truchas peak. I didn't climb Truchas thought, the peaks I did outside of Philmont were Wheeler and Little Costilla.

The earliest in the year I've been there was the last week of May and the trails were all passable by then. It was possible for north-facing washes to still have some snow on the trails, but only for a few yards. I saw patches of snow as late as July, but that was a very sheltered snow drift under some trees at almost 12000 ft.

steve  ·  192 days ago  ·  link  ·  

I literally just drove up 285 through part of Carson National forest. Zero snow that I could see. The wide expanse will take your breath away.