Cooks Peak

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Cooks Peak is a 11.5 mile out and back trail located near Deming, New Mexico. The trail is only recommended for very experienced adventurers and primarily used for hiking.

11.5 miles 3028 feet Out & Back


4 years ago

Also known, more correctly, as Cooke's Peak. We had 4 individuals, some of whom were experienced, and myself, who hasn't been out on anything higher than a flood plain this season. Far from 11 miles, it's really 6.44 miles round trip, starting at 5560'. Trail appears to be an old CCC trail up OK Canyon, with many rock cairns to keep you from going off course (although we did, briefly, a couple of times. Trail is relentlessly uphill, but is not difficult until you finally arrive at the base of the large rock peak. There you will have to scramble briefly (about 30-40 yds) on what's been called "Class 2 scramble" on other websites. Levels out pretty quickly, and then it's an easy walk to the highest part at 8408' (give or take). The view to the Organ Mtns in Las Cruces, Florida Mtns and Old Mexico to the south, Arizona to the West, and the Black Range and Gila Wilderness to the north, are nothing short of spectacular.