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Leigh Baker
(leighb) - F

Locale: Northeast Texas Pineywoods
New Mexico on 05/22/2011 15:44:18 MDT Print View

I have the option of going to northern NM either the second week of June, or mid-July.
I know rain is always possible, but am I correct in thinking that June will theoretically have less afternoon storm activity?

Eugene Smith
(Eugeneius) - MLife

Locale: Nuevo Mexico
"New Mexico" on 05/22/2011 18:48:46 MDT Print View

Correct.

June is prime in NM, monsoonal flow pattern hasn't settled in yet, and the wildflowers are starting to pop- snow may linger up above 10,000ft. in areas.

Joe Clement
(skinewmexico) - MLife

Locale: Southwest
New Mexico on 05/22/2011 20:11:06 MDT Print View

Where in Northern NM?

Leigh Baker
(leighb) - F

Locale: Northeast Texas Pineywoods
re: where on 05/23/2011 04:56:41 MDT Print View

Joe,I'm considering either going back to the Pecos Wilderness, was there early last June or maybe around Cuba, haven't been there. Any suggestions? I've read the southern areas are experiencing regional drought,(our Big Bend as well.)

Eugene,Thanks, I remember from last year the wildflowers were amazing, Lady Slipper, Irises, beautiful!!

Paul Magnanti
(PaulMags) - MLife

Locale: People's Republic of Boulder
Pecos on 05/23/2011 19:46:45 MDT Print View

It is where I am headed this Mem Day Weekend.

Figure I try something different. Not really that far of a drive (esp for a three day trip) and should be less snowy vs my usual go-to place for Mem Day Weekend (Lost Creek Wilderness). Plus I hear the green chile beer at Eskes in Taos is awesome. :D

Leigh Baker
(leighb) - F

Locale: Northeast Texas Pineywoods
re: Pecos on 05/24/2011 17:05:57 MDT Print View

Green chili beer, well I like just about anything with green chili so sounds like I need to make a pit stop there:D
I have to confess part of the draw, besides it being way cooler summer temps than here in TX, is the food in the region, well and the mountains, and the history, and the architecture and the.......food :)

Paul, sounds like you'll be back before I leave, maybe I'll catch your trip report before I go.

Edited by leighb on 05/24/2011 17:09:20 MDT.

obx hiker
(obxcola) - MLife

Locale: Outer Banks of North Carolina
We'll Dance in th' New Mexico Rain on 05/24/2011 18:57:19 MDT Print View

You asked: "I have the option of going to northern NM either the second week of June, or mid-July. I know rain is always possible"

Damn I hope it rains.............

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=liw470SsxJw


Smoke cuts the night, in this old campfire light
And I'm thinking, where I'd rather be
Maybe chasing senorita's, down in old Mexico
Or standing at the edge of the sea
If I had the money, well I'd tell ya honey
We'd be on that first plane to Spain
But as long as we're here, the answer is clear
We'll dance, in the New Mexico rain.

New Mexico rain – It's hot down in Texas
New Mexico rain – Oh, and I call this my home
If I ain't happy here, – I ain't happy nowhere
New Mexico rain – When my mind starts to roam.

Oh the lights of the city, keep callin' my name
And you know, I've been through that before
It's just a giant hotel on a long four-lane street
With a checkout time on the door.
If I had the money, I'd tell ya honey
We'd be, on the New Delhi train
But as long as we're here, the answer is clear
We'll waltz in the New Mexico rain.

New Mexico rain – Well It's hot down in Texas
New Mexico rain – I call this my home
If I ain't happy here, – Then I ain't happy nowhere
New Mexico rain – When my mind starts to roam.

I've been talkin' all day, with a man in town.
And he sure seems unhappy to me
He tells me he's going nowhere, he's goin' there fast
And he envy's this life that I lead
Oh, if I had the money, I'd tell ya honey
I'd keep him from goin' insane
You know there's one thing for sure, there just ain't no cure
Like a walk in the New Mexico rain.


New Mexico rain – it's hot down in Texas
New Mexico rain – I call this my home
If I ain't happy here, – Then I ain't happy nowhere
New Mexico rain – When my mind starts to roam.
If I ain't happy here, – I ain't happy nowhere
New Mexico rain – When my mind starts to roam.

Joe Clement
(skinewmexico) - MLife

Locale: Southwest
New Mexico on 05/24/2011 20:01:45 MDT Print View

Great song, great songwriter. I miss the days when Hearne and SXSW were the house band at the Motherlode in Red River. I got spoiled.

And I'm pretty fond of the Wheeler Peak wilderness.

Edited by skinewmexico on 05/24/2011 20:07:34 MDT.

Paul Magnanti
(PaulMags) - MLife

Locale: People's Republic of Boulder
Beer! on 05/24/2011 20:38:10 MDT Print View

Joe, I am going to Eskes strictly because of your suggestion. :)

I thought of the Wheeler Peak Wildwerness, but I might save that one for a another trip with the future Mrs. Mags (a smaller area may lend itself to the lower mileage trips with more camping that Adrianna enjoys)

In any case, New Mexico is a place that is often off my mental radar for trips. I think nothing of driving to Utah or the San Juans (further away!), but a relatively quick and easy zip down I25 (esp compared to the traffic on I70) brings me to a gorgeous place.

Don't know why many of my fellow Coloradans forget about our neighbor to the south. I've heard more than one friend say "New Mexico. Don't know why I didn't think of it".

Northern New Mexico was one of my favorite places on the CDT as well.

Time to explore NM a bit more.

Edited by PaulMags on 05/24/2011 20:39:16 MDT.

Joe Clement
(skinewmexico) - MLife

Locale: Southwest
New Mexico on 05/24/2011 21:10:09 MDT Print View

Yeah, I suspected as much! Some nice, short trips between the lakes in Wheeler.

Eugene Smith
(Eugeneius) - MLife

Locale: Nuevo Mexico
New Mexico on 05/24/2011 21:45:04 MDT Print View

Paul,

Which area of the Pecos will you be hiking? A small group If BPL members will be doing a 4 day up there leaving Sunday evening, we'll likely be heading up to Pecos Baldy.

Originally we were going to hike in the Gila but Stage 2 fire restrictions all about nullified that idea.

Paul Magnanti
(PaulMags) - MLife

Locale: People's Republic of Boulder
Pecos on 05/25/2011 20:38:43 MDT Print View

Eugene,

A buddy and I (originally a solo trip, his wife gave him a pass for the weekend! She's biking with her friends in Taos) plan on starting from the Santa Barbara TH on Sat morning.

The general route is along the Divide Trail Saturday, end up around TrailRiders Wall/Peco Baldy area Sunday, maybe bag N Truchas peak Monday, do a little off trail 'schwacking and head down to the N Fish Lake and then to the W Fork TR to head out Monday.



As I said, that's the general route. :)

Maybe I'll see you out there!

Greg Mihalik
(greg23) - M

Locale: Colorado
Re: Pecos on 05/25/2011 21:36:44 MDT Print View

I'm looking for a long hike - 100 would be nice, 200 would be better. Is it possible to put that together in the Pecos?

What are the recommended maps and guides?

Thanks.

Paul Magnanti
(PaulMags) - MLife

Locale: People's Republic of Boulder
Pecos on 05/26/2011 21:14:14 MDT Print View

My buddy just sent this info:

"I called and talked to the trails/recreation ranger
out of the Panasco RS and he said conditions are good with snow patches
below tree line on north facing slopes only. He said things are great above
tree line."


Woot! Woot! :)

As for guidebook and maps/100 mile hikes, I defer to the New Mexico experts here! :) With the exception of the CDT and a brief trip last month with my fiancee', New Mexico is mainly unknown to me.

I have the USFS map for the Pecos and it look like you can connect to Carson NF (and, by extension, the CDT also in Carson NF?), but this area is pretty much a blank slate as far as the outdoors goes!

Let me know what info you find, though! Sounds like a great idea. :D

Eugene Smith
(Eugeneius) - MLife

Locale: Nuevo Mexico
New Mexico on 05/26/2011 22:25:19 MDT Print View

Mags,

Sweet! There's a very good chance we'll see you out there- we're entering via Jacks Creek up to Pecos Baldy and then heading to Trailriders Wall/Beattys Cabin and the Santa Barbara Divide Trail further NE. I have a nice loop put together, but its subject to snow conditions. I called twice this week for condition reports and received very vague and incomplete feedback from the Pecos ranger district, what I did hear was patchy snow around 10,500ft., healthy snow above 12,000'. My good friend hiked up Wheeler Peak last weekend and wore snowshoes for the majority of the approach hike- significant amount of snowpack still in Wheeler.

We will see, not a bad way to spend a few days that's for sure.

Paul Magnanti
(PaulMags) - MLife

Locale: People's Republic of Boulder
Onward... on 05/27/2011 08:09:28 MDT Print View

All sounds good. Hope to see you there!

Look for a tall, athletic guy..that's my buddy.

I'll be the short schlub wearing interesting looking clothing. ;)

Ryan King
(ryanking) - F

Locale: Rockies
Still snowy on 05/30/2011 01:19:05 MDT Print View

Curious to hear how the trip went for you guys. I took trail #257 up to Pecos Baldy Lake Friday afternoon and hoped to spend a few days on the Skyline trail but couldnt get through to Truchas Lakes. I lost the trail while contouring around the east side of Truchas Peak and had a miserable time postholing. Even set off a couple wet slab slides in the trees, including one the dog took a ride on. Above treeline and along Trailriders Wall I had no problems with snow, but the 1000' feet just below treeline were pretty wet and snowy. Snow level in the trees was maybe 10,800 or so. Ended up just bailing back to the car Saturday evening to salvage the weekend.

Trip report and pics here.

Edited by ryanking on 05/30/2011 01:20:23 MDT.

Paul Magnanti
(PaulMags) - MLife

Locale: People's Republic of Boulder
Amazing! on 05/31/2011 22:07:05 MDT Print View

It was an amazing trip.

The quick and dirty trip report. I plan uploading photos and writing a trip report a little later...


We went up trail #27 to the Santa Barbara Divide (complete with about two hours of post holing! :O), but went into an amazing above treeline wonderland. Camped at Horseshoe Lake. The winds were HOWLING the following day back on the Divide and to the Skyline Trail. Due to the winds, we decided to not due to summit Chimayosos.

Made our way down the divide and did a side excursion to Truchas Lakes. From just above there, we noticed all the snow in the Pecos Baldy area and decided to not do that side trip! From Truchas Lakes, we hiked off trail to the saddle below North Truchas Peak and made our way down #25. More postholing and route finding! Easier to follow the Santa Barbara R. than the trail. Found the trail again and camped in a nice meadow about 6 miles from the TH. Hooked up with 24 and ended the trip.

Maybe about 35-40 miles total for the weekend with 5000'+ gain?

Have to look at the map to give a total later!

In the mean time, here are the photos without many details...
Backpacking in the Pecos Wilderness, New Mexico

A full featured trip report will come! :)

Joe Clement
(skinewmexico) - MLife

Locale: Southwest
New Mexico on 05/31/2011 22:24:32 MDT Print View

I didn't hear a single mention of green chile beer in all that.

Paul Magnanti
(PaulMags) - MLife

Locale: People's Republic of Boulder
Green chile on 05/31/2011 22:32:15 MDT Print View

Oh green chile was had as Eskes! (Nachos, the Fatty and, of course, the beer).

:)