hiking
rocky
scramble
5 hours ago

One of the more intense trails I’ve done for sure. Did this as a Philmont trek in 2015, this was on our 4th day. We started from Middle Ponil all the way up to the peak. Although we only took day packs that weighed a fraction of our other ones, it was still a very difficult ascent up to Little Costilla. There’s one particular 1/2mi stretch that was the steepest I’ve ever traversed, it burned an hour and a half for me and my crew. Take it easy on that section, take breaks and bring protein bars and lots of water. The total mileage for us on the day was around 15.5 miles. Definitely one of the most memorable experiences in my life. I would love to come back to this peak one day

Road closure is Seasonal only. As other reviewers mentioned, this is a relatively busy trail. In fact, it’s probably the busiest on the western side of the Nacimientos/San Pedros. I hiked this last in mid April, on a low snow year and was glad that I had my snow shoes after I left the road and hit the actual trail. That said, I did notice some people had made it to the reservoir in boots. Even in April, there were two other parties, which is actually rare for any trail in the area. The San Pedros are probably the most green and marshy area in NM, so more often than not, it’s muddy.

Started at 6am and finished at 12pm at a fast hiking speed. -There was more shade than I expected in the forest. About 1/2 was shady. It helped that it was a cloudy day as well. -Bring lots of water because it got hot throughout the hike! -Beautiful views near the top of the trail of the city. -Mid-way on the descent, there was a rattlesnake on the trail. I navigated off-trail to avoid it.

hiking
closed
fee
no shade
9 hours ago

Called the number on the website and the recording said the lake was open as of Friday, June 26th. Drove an hour there to find the gates closed on Wednesday the 1st.

hiking
10 hours ago

Short walk to get a closer view of the arch. Beautiful.

We LOVED this trail! Took us a minute to find it as it is across the street from the parking lot. The trail is well marked, we followed All Trails directions while recording the hike. Lots of shade most of the way. It gets your heart rate going up and down, which we loved. Our German Shepherd did great on this one. For how crowded the top of the mountain was, we hardly saw anyone on this trail. One of our new favorites for sure.

hiking
rocky
12 hours ago

hiking
12 hours ago

Not a hard trail but the view at the end was great. Wasn’t too crowded either.

hiking
12 hours ago

Easy hike with beautiful views. Pretty exposed so bring sunblock.

hiking
bridge out
13 hours ago

hiking
13 hours ago

Delightful trail. Challenging for myself, an amateur, but very doable. Don’t give up—the lake is so pretty!

hiking
off trail
over grown
13 hours ago

Great hike but the signage is non-exsistent and the start of the trail is hard to find. We ended up off trail quite a few times. Worth the trip though. Hung out in the river for quite awhile!

hiking
14 hours ago

Added loop on way back

hiking
rocky
14 hours ago

Nice and easy trail with lots of wild flowers. Mostly shaded and cool for a summer hike.

hiking
14 hours ago

Amazing experience! Beautiful views all throughout the trail. Great for hiking, trail running, and some bouldering! Will definitely come again!

hiking
bugs
over grown
15 hours ago

Good end of day hiking trail along a creek, pretty flowers and peaceful scenery. mostly a pretty flat trail with a little rocky uphill near the start. the trail starts a bit under a mile back from where you can park, just keep following the road and it'll be at the very end just past the last cabin. Rating it 4 stars as there are spots where the trail is so overgrown it's hard to tell where it goes. Not sure if we did the whole thing as we turned around when we couldn't see the path anymore. still very pretty, lots of flowers and good views of the Ridgeline.

on Pino Trail

hiking
16 hours ago

Be in the lookout for rattlesnakes. They are out. Great trail.

mountain biking
16 hours ago

A nice, lightly trafficked trail. Some technical spots, and a lot of it is riding in sand, so you'll definitely get your heart rate up! A couple water crossings, and a stop at the Big Tree mak4 this a great close-in trail!

Great hike! Trail is well defined and there is good signage. The last half mile up Argentina Canyon to the Creat Trail is fairly steep. The part of the trail along the top ridge is beautiful. Saw some wild turkeys where the 4 trails meet in the meadow.

on Tortugas Mountain Trail

hiking
no shade
17 hours ago

nice early morning hike personally I consider It is between Easy and moderate, passing the gate we took a very steep rise to get to the observatory

We clocked 14.29 miles on the trail, and got stuck in two hail storms. So 7 hours of hiking-9 miles on the mountain. We had the lake to ourselves but with the storm it was freezing so we ate our lunch and headed back. The trail itself is not difficult but the distance and altitude make it hard.

mountain biking
no shade
17 hours ago

hiking
1 day ago

Trail very fine condition July 3rd. Didn’t see a soul the whole round trip. Very sunny except for about a mile at the top where there are a lot of pine, Douglas fir, which survived the 2012 fire. Beautiful wild flowers and nice brush and small trees gaining some height. Long, hot, rocky but really nice hike. I feel accomplished reaching my goal of hiking it before July 4th. I’m sure tomorrow I will feel sore as I try to get out of bed.

As sea level out of town folks, this hike was strenuous. The locals and people who appeared use to this altitude passed us with ease on our many breaks along the way. The trail is well kept and gorgeous and the views are breathtaking. It’s certainly worth the effort and be sure to pack snacks and water. The local signage doesn’t match the name of this hike, but the link to the directions from all hikes app is accurate. We got into some trouble just typing in Picacho Peak Trail into google maps and it took us to some residence . Also most folks were wearing masks and considerate of passing, so do your part and wear your mask too.

backpacking
1 day ago

Completed on 6/23/18 as a 2 night backpacking trip. Trail is well marked and maintained. Moderate elevation gain up to Lost lake, my 3 legged dog hiked 4/5 miles up. We didn’t make it up to Horseshoe, windy even below tree line. Gorgeous area and lake. Lake was pretty packed but enjoyable nonetheless. Easy access to Wheeler peak from this area. Please pack out your trash and enjoy!

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