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San Mateo Peak via Apache Kid Trail (#43)

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San Mateo Peak via Apache Kid Trail (#43) is a 7.6 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Monticello, New Mexico that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, camping, horses, and backpacking and is best used from May until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 7.6 miles Elevation Gain: 2,693 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dogs on leash




horseback riding



wild flowers


This trail begins at the Springtime Campground and ends at San Mateo Peak.

Great trail with good views at the top. Water is very limited right now so would plan accordingly if you are going to backpack in. It is definitely a lot of work with all the uphill. If you are looking to get away from the crowds the Apache Kid Wilderness is a great spot.

Sun May 04 2014

This is a tough hike. Especially the first 2 miles or so... Quite a few switchbacks but not terrible. Nice views.

1 month ago

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