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on Jicarita Peak

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14 days ago

My husband and I hiked Serpent Lake and Jicarita Peak on Saturday 7/28 with our dog. From 518, take FR 161. There is a large parking area at the end of the road. The road is very rough in spots; I wouldn't want to drive anything without a decent amount of ground clearance on it.

The first part of the trail was very muddy when we hiked it due to monsoons. There is also a lot of horse poop. It is well traveled and easy to follow most of the way, though rocky. The only place we found the trail a bit difficult to follow in spots was across the saddle, but just keep heading toward Jicarita. The views of the Truchas and looking down on Serpent Lake are great.

We saw a large herd of pronghorns (I think?) on the ridge. They were several hundred feet away and hardly seemed to notice us on the way up, but then another group of hikers let their three dogs chase them. The herd had come up to the trail by the time we came back down, so we went off trail to give them a wide berth.

We ended up with just over 12 miles roundtrip with Serpent Lake and Jicarita Peak. This is a nice hike to get away from crowds; we only saw a few other groups all day.

Great hike, completed on 4/22. You can spend a lot of time exploring side trails and side roads, as we did which brought our round trip mileage up to 8.7 miles.

This trail starts out very steep, maybe for the first 3/4 - 1 mile is a continuous incline. Afterwards, however, it tapers off to a moderate hike.

Keep eyes out for wildlife.

Great trail! Nice and quiet, with a beautiful frozen waterfall you can get behind. You follow the creek most of the way, so it was nice for my dog. I made it two miles in before it became impassible without snowshoes (3/21/18). Loved it though!

Trail was ok, was definitely expecting a little bit more. It could be because of the winter season and everything was dry. Also kind of lost the trail at the end and ended up just climbing straight up the mountain to get to the peak.

Mid December and cold with snow on the trail and frozen waterfalls. Good time

Wednesday, August 09, 2017

Great trail and a quick way to get up to the top for some great views. Took 3.5 hours total. Tough beginning but flattens out a bit until the end.

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Saturday, May 27, 2017

Very steep and a bit technical

1 month ago

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Monday, July 10, 2017

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Tuesday, April 05, 2016