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Latir & Venado Peaks near Questa

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May 12 7:00AM - 9:00PM

Some of the highest peaks in NM are located North of Wheeler Peak in the Latir Peaks Wilderness. Latir Loop: Heart Lake and Bull Creek Routes from Cabresto Lake. Rating: Strenuous-- 13.5 miles & 3800' gain.

There are two route variations (Heart Lake Route and Bull Creek Route) leading to the summit of Latir Peak from Cabresto Lake Trailhead (see Route Map). Both routes follow Lake Fork Trail (#82) from Cabresto Lake to the junction of Heart Lake Trail(#82) and Bull Creek Trail(#85). The Heart Lake Route then follows the right branch to Heart Lake and ascends switchbacks to the top of Latir Mesa. The Bull Creek Route veers left (NW), climbs along Bull Creek to the saddle between Cabresto and Venado Peaks and follows the ridge to Latir Mesa. Two routes converge near the summit of Pt. 12,692, 0.5 mile south of the Latir Peak summit.

Ascending one route and descending the other makes a scenic Latir Loop (13.5 mi/3,800 ft. elevation gain RT). From there we can pick off Venado Peak at 12,734' and/or Latir Peak 12,708', while also gaining a great view of the Latir Lakes below.

What to bring
Be ready for a long day hike, with all the appropriate gear for a possible Spring Squall. Water will be available on the way up, but needs filtering.

Important to know
This is a 1.75 hour drive each way, but still in range of day hiking.

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