NM – Pecos Wilderness, Jacks Creek Trailhead

Joan and I were ready to continue exploring the Pecos Wilderness after our introduction on the Winsor Trail, where it was just a hop, skip and jump to the Jacks Creek Trailhead. We had another lollipop loop hike planned starting on  Beattys Trail #25, to Jacks Creek Trail #257, to Dockweiler Trail #259, to Rito Perro Trail #256, to Skyline Trail #251, to East Pecos Baldy Summit Trail #275, with visits to East Pecos Baldy and Pecos Baldy Lake before returning via Jacks Creek Trail #257. 

You can tell I was feeling pretty tuckered out by the time we started this hike, afterall we’d just hiked 24 miles with 5,000′ of ascent/descent in the past day and half. While I was trying to find the energy to hike another few miles on the afternoon of our second day, Joan could be found patiently waiting. She’s such a wonderful hiking companion and forever friend. 

Finally CAMP! 

We decided to use this as a basecamp and hike up to East Pecos Baldy and Pecos Baldy Lake with lighter packs. Thank you Joan for thinking of ME. 

It’s always fun hiking through burned areas. 

Early season hiking means snowy obstacle courses.

You’ll never hear me complain about views, especially ones like this of Pecos Baldy Lake. 

And, how I love ridge walking. 

Let’s find that summit. 

We were feeling a bit giddy as we approached the summit. 

Look at those ridges! 

Feel the joy? Yep it keeps getting better as we approach the 12,529 summit of East Pecos Baldy. 

It was hard to leave such views. We stayed a good long time knowing we only had to make it back to base camp before nightfall. 

Oh but . . . we had to work our through some obstacles. 

As the shadows grew long, we could only look back and remember those ridges . . . oh those ridges. 

We found a few early blooms.

I was so happy to find wild iris. 

Adventure Date(s):

  • May 10-12, 2018
  • Hiking Stats:


  • Plan to resupply at Santa Fe or Las Vegas; Pecos had slim pickings.
  • There was a $2/day parking fee. 
  • When near large population areas such as Santa Fe and Albuquerque, you can expect more regulations and consequences.
  • It’s always good to gather recent trail conditions reports from nearby ranger stations or visitor centers. Postings reinforce information when resource centers are closed. Many times information is not updated or available on their websites.



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