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Paul Magnanti
(PaulMags) - MLife

Locale: People's Republic of Boulder
Pecos Wilderness conditions? on 05/02/2012 12:12:24 MDT Print View

Thinking of doing a loop again in the Pecos over Mem Day Weekend.

How are the snow conditions in the Pecos? I know Colorado is very low this year in general not sure about Northern NM. Also not sure how significant the fire damage was?

My tentative plan is to take in the Trail Riders wall.

I could probably Google the info, but first hand info and advice is always more valuable. :)

thanks!

Andy Chasse'
(AndyC)

Locale: The Front Range
Pecos on 05/02/2012 20:43:59 MDT Print View

I was out around Jack's Creek last weekend. Pretty snow free until I hit the creek, then lots of postholing the closer you get to Pecos Baldy Lake. A few inches of snow actually fell overnight, but cleared up pretty fast. Can't speak as to the conditions in the rest of the area, but I think the higher elevations will be accessible pretty early.

Joe Clement
(skinewmexico) - MLife

Locale: Southwest
Pecos Wilderness conditions on 05/02/2012 21:45:42 MDT Print View

Pretty big snow year in northern NM. Not sure how the temps are running now. I hope I'm up there in the next few weeks to check.

Paul Magnanti
(PaulMags) - MLife

Locale: People's Republic of Boulder
Pecos on 05/10/2012 17:10:44 MDT Print View

Eskes is calling...need another green chile beer! :)

Being serious, I just fell in love with the Pecos and would love to go back.

We'll see!

Edited by PaulMags on 05/10/2012 17:11:17 MDT.

Andy Chasse'
(AndyC)

Locale: The Front Range
Update on 05/12/2012 19:52:40 MDT Print View

I'll be out there again for a few days next week...will update post trip.

Paul Magnanti
(PaulMags) - MLife

Locale: People's Republic of Boulder
Please do! on 05/13/2012 20:00:52 MDT Print View

I was just discussing with my better half plans for Mem Day weekend. The Pecos is calling again...

Andy Chasse'
(AndyC)

Locale: The Front Range
Conditions Update on 05/19/2012 07:51:38 MDT Print View

Just did a ~40 mile overnight out there...I wasn't in the trailriders wall area so can't comment on that, but can give some info. Went in at the ski basin and was as far north/east as horsethief meadows. Trail below 11k was generally snow free with a few snow drifts here and there. Wandered up towards Lake Katherine and as expected lots of postholing at 11.5k. Ran into some others out there who said the Pecos Baldy Lake area was pretty clear of snow. From the few views I had, the northern part of the Pecos looked pretty bare.

Paul Magnanti
(PaulMags) - MLife

Locale: People's Republic of Boulder
Schweet..... on 05/19/2012 19:10:32 MDT Print View

Thanks for the info. Gives me some ideas for sure. Think I am heading back next weekend!

Green chile' beer..here I come. :)

Leigh Baker
(leighb) - F

Locale: Northeast Texas Pineywoods
pecos conditions on 05/20/2012 07:11:47 MDT Print View

Hey Paul,
Would like to hear about it if you go; we're heading up June 10th! :)

Kenneth Carter
(docbackpacker) - MLife

Locale: Midwestern United States
interested in your experience on 06/02/2012 14:51:41 MDT Print View

I'm interested, too, as I'm planning to enter the Pecos Wilderness on June 13 or 14!

Paul Magnanti
(PaulMags) - MLife

Locale: People's Republic of Boulder
Trip Report on 06/02/2012 20:20:52 MDT Print View

I just posted a trip report a few days back... :)

It is here if you are curious:
http://www.pmags.com/return-to-the-pecos-backpacking-in-the-land-of-enchantment

Great place!