Pecos Baldy Lake is a 14.7 mile moderately trafficked 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 trail is primarily used for hiking, running, and horses and is best used from June until October. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.

Length14.7 miElevation gain3,008 ftRoute typeOut & back
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Brett K
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Hiking

I did this trail in mid September. Lots of horse poop, but the trail was nice otherwise. It’s a rough climb, but I did it as a day hike out and back from jacks creek trailhead. There was no snow in September as expected, but I can’t comment on how much snow to expect the rest of the year.

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Kaghleen Fae
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Backpacking

Great trail, loved the hike up through the forest. Big horned sheep greeted me at the summit, awesome views.

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Andrew Dixon
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Jen Ogden
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HikingGreat!

Haven’t been up to the lake in almost 5 years. Dry trail, started at 11am, arrived at the lake at 2:45pm, had a snack and took some photos, headed down at 3:15 and arrived back at my car at 5pm. Got a great workout.

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eduardo sy
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eduardo sy
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Jane Gagne
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HikingOff trail

Re Emily's request that people dig toilet paper: the best method is to take a zip lock back and pack out your tp. Easy and not unpleasant; and leaves no trace.

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Lance Wilks
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Hiking

Great trail. Easy to follow. Last two miles were a beast. Worth it though. Lots of blowdown toward the end.

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Barry French
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Day 3: Truchas Lakes to Jack’s Creek Campground Long hike out. Mostly terrific, last few miles felt pretty long. Saw Bighorn Sheep, including mother protecting three young ones on a cliff, and trying to show them a route off. Hummingbirds darting among the purple flowers where there had been a recent forest fire. Walk along Trailriders Wall spectacular – high, open, long views. Stats: 13.34 miles 919 ft elevation gain (this seems too low) ~7 hours

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Emily Schultz
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The most beautiful trail and well groomed. Visitors: please be mindful of digging your toilet paper deep enough AND far enough away from the lake. It’s very much noticeable especially at campsites. Respect nature for everyone

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Timothy May
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Hiking

Great trail. Very dry and dusty. Camped to right of trail just before lake and skyline/jacks creek trail intersection. 3 hours 45 out and 3 hours back to Jacks Creek trailhead. 7-9 and 7-10-20.

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Carrie Summers
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HikingOver grown

Super dry and dusty on Round mtn. Several peeps on trail. Lake did not have any fish. 9 hr hike starting at Jacks Creek. Take plenty of water.

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Chris Dugan
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Hiking

Beautiful trail, the lake was fantastic, no trouble finding a camping spot. There were A LOT of horses on Saturday so if you have a dog definitely recommend keeping them leashed, and if your dog doesn't like horses then maybe start at a different trailhead (we did Jacks Creek TH). It was also pretty dusty, would be nice to get some rain up there.

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Matthew Courter
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HikingBlowdownOver grown

Accessed through Iron Gate via Hamilton Mesa, Beatty's, and Sebadilloses. We lost the trail on Sebadilloses for a while but stayed on the tree line until we found it again at the top of the meadow. This portion of the hike was fairly tough but very beautiful. Jacks Creek had some snow left, but manageable. Spent the night and day hiked to Truchas Lakes. Still a lot of snow along Skyline. Saw elk along the meadows and Bighorn sheep on the way to Truchas.

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Ryan Whiteside
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Hiking

Road gated a couple miles before trail.

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Ethan Phillips
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Michael Sanchez
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My dad and I are not in great shape, and we were carrying way too much weight. We did about 3 hours one day and 4 the next, took LOTS of breaks. If we made it, anyone in half decent shape should be able to. Beautiful trail, it very good condition this September.

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Brie H
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Great base camp for hiking Truchas Peak. We stayed overnight July 4th - 6th and hiked up Truchas on the 5th (about 10 miles round trip from camp). There were quite a few campsites with fire rings but was very little firewood. There was a little snow field above the lake that created a great source of water. Not sure how much longer it would last... It seemed to be melting quickly. The lake was clear though. No snow on the trail and relatively easy incline, even carrying 25 lbs. Next time I think I would set up camp earlier down Jacks Creek Trail where firewood was ample and the creek was close by. I spotted a few campsites there.

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Jason Myers
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Great trail. Last mile was 3-4 feet of snow. It was VERY HARD! My wife and I made it though, we are both 40 y/o. Yes, I’m sort of bragging. :)

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Jonathon Miles
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Backpacking

Absolutely gorgeous hike. I did this hike 5/3 -5/4 from Jacks Creek. If you are doing it this early in the year make sure you're ready for snowdrifts and you should probably bring snowshoes unless there hasn't been much snow. The lake was still totally frozen but we did see a Golden Eagle soaring near the peak.

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Aaron Merritt
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Backpacking

I took this path as an exit after a week of back woods trekking through the wilderness. The trail is well maintained and has places for water (streams and small pools). Weather is cool/slightly warm during the day and cool/cold at night during the peak season. The area is rife with beautiful views, crisp mountain air (whatever you can get at 10,000+ feet) and meadows that seem to exist in another world. Be prepared for the back woods if you plan to venture into this area, I went with seasoned veterans and realized how under prepared I was for the adventure. Side note-There are some wind fallen trees that bar some paths to the point of being incapable of traverse. Though these paths may have been cleared by now. No cell phone reception unless you are on top of mount baldy or trail riders wall.

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Rachel Pearson
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I've been to Pecos baldy lake once this summer (Memorial Day) and then hiked a different loop (Cave Creek/Horsethief Meadow/Dockweiler/Jacks Creek) but again camped at the junction of Dockweiler/Jack's creek in August. There actually was water both times but the creek runs dry intermittently. In May and August the creek was dry where the trail crosses the creek, but if you go upstream like 20 feet there is water flowing. Not sure how it is this fall though, if anyone knows please comment! We're planning on heading there one more time this season.

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Joshua Klein
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no water at jacks creek ovet memorial day don't bring your dog unless your carrying water

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Joshua Klein
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dogs love it

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Phil Rice
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We love this trek and typically take it as the first portion of a trek to Truchas peaks.

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Kayla Hammond
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Great, tough day trip. Had a lot of fun on the trail to the lake and made it to the summit of baldy in another 2 hours round-trip.

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