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North Truchas Peak - Difficult

The Albuquerque Hiking and Outdoor Meetup
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Sep 16 4:00AM - 5:00AM

Photo: Hiker standing atop Sheepshead Peak (one of the 4 peaks we will summit) with North Truchas in the background on the left.

Hike Description:It is a 2.5-3 hour drive to the Trailhead. High Clearance vehicle is necessary or you can carpool with me. Since this is a long day, we need to get an early start, thus the 4 a.m. meeting time. This is not an easy hike. Except for the trail leading to San Leonardo Lakes, the route is entirely off-trail. There is exposed scrambling where a slip or fall could result in a serious injury. However, if you are a competent scrambler and are acclimated to altitudes over 12,000 feet, then this is another premier New Mexico alpine hike/scramble in an area that some people refer to as the little Alps. The scenery is spectactular. Route follows San Leonardo Lakes Trail to the lakes. From there it is a steep scramble up the ridge which we follow up and down reaching the summit of 3 peaks before the climax of the hike North Truchas Peak. At 13,024 feet, North Truchas Peak is New Mexico's 3rd highest peak. Plan on 15 miles of hiking with about 5,000 feet of gain.

Who should go: Fit hikers/scramblers/peak-baggers, capable of hiking at a moderate pace with few stops, who are comfortable with off-trail routes, scrambling (non-technical rock climbing) with exposure, and are acclimated to high altitudes.

Gear: (Required) Rain gear, layers of clothes to keep you warm (it will be very cold for the start), plenty of food and water to last all day, and a headlamp. (Recommended) Hiking Poles

Disclaimer: Hiking and scrambling have inherent dangers that could result in a serious injury or fatality. If you choose to join me you agree to do so at your own risk.

Dogs: This is not a good hike for pets.

How to find us:I'll be in or near my white Toyota Tacoma with matching camper shell and the Peak Freak (PKFREAK) license plate at the back end of the Lowes parking lot

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