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.
- 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.
- USFS – Santa Fe National Forest, Pecos Ranger Station
- USFS – Pecos Wilderness
- Wilderness Net – Pecos Wilderness
- USFS Map – Pecos Wilderness, Santa Fe and Carson National Forests