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Best trails in Pecos Wilderness

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Looking for a great trail in Pecos Wilderness, New Mexico? AllTrails has 43 great hiking trails, trail running trails, views trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Gearing up for a challenge? There are 27 hard trails in Pecos Wilderness ranging from 6.4 to 70.4 miles and from 8,139 to 13,093 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
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This wilderness area in the Santa Fe national forest has a great variety of high peaks and ridges, pocketed lakes, and cascading creeks. Access points on all sides provide ample recreation opportunities, while the large size of the area makes solitude possible.

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#1 - Lake Katherine via Winsor Trail
Pecos Wilderness
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Length: 13.1 mi • Est. 7 h 22 m
Lake Katherine via Winsor Trail is a 13.1 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Tererro, New Mexico that features a river and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of aShow more
#2 - Cave Creek Trail
Pecos Wilderness
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Length: 5.5 mi • Est. 2 h 14 m
Cave Creek Trail is a 5.5 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Tererro, New Mexico that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hikShow more
#3 - Stewart Lake Loop
Pecos Wilderness
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Length: 10.6 mi • Est. 5 h 46 m
The southern portion of the loop (Trail 261) is currently closed, but Winsor Trail (#254) is open. Taking this alternate route adds a few miles to your distance.Show more
#4 - Devisadero Loop Trail
Pecos Wilderness
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Length: 5.6 mi • Est. 3 h 9 m
Devisadero Loop Trail is a 5.6 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Taos, New Mexico that features a great forest setting and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking anShow more
#5 - Rio Santa Barbara Middle Fork, East Fork, and West Fork Trail Loop
Pecos Wilderness
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Length: 25.1 mi • Est. Multi-day
Rio Santa Barbara Middle Fork, East Fork, and West Fork Trail Loop is a 25.1 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Llano, New Mexico that offers scenic views and is rated as difficult. ThShow more
#6 - North Truchas Peak Backpacking Trip
Pecos Wilderness
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Length: 32.7 mi • Est. Multi-day
This is a hike through lush valleys designed to incorporate a stay at Truchas Lakes (11,870'), with a final climb of North Truchas Peak (13,024').  Stands of Englemann spruce, Ponderosa pine, Douglas Show more
#7 - Lower Nambe Loop
Pecos Wilderness
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Length: 7.5 mi • Est. 4 h 49 m
Lower Nambe Loop is a 7.5 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Santa Fe, New Mexico that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, running, and bShow more
#8 - Spirit Lake, Katherine Lake, Stewart Lake, and Lake Johnson Loop
Pecos Wilderness
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Length: 22.3 mi • Est. Multi-day
Start at Cowles at altitude 8100' on the Winsor 254 Trail. Then go first to Spirit Lake at 10,809'. Then Lake Katherine, the highest at 11,742'. Come back down on the Skyline 251 Trail to Stewart LakeShow more
#9 - Winsor Trail to Spirit Lake
Pecos Wilderness
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Length: 11.9 mi • Est. 6 h 23 m
Winsor Trail to Spirit Lake is a 11.9 mile out and back trail located near Tererro, New Mexico that offers the chance to see wildlife and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. The traiShow more
#10 - Mora Flats
Pecos Wilderness
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Length: 7.3 mi • Est. 3 h 38 m
Mora Flats is a 7.3 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Santa Fe, New Mexico that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity opShow more
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