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Pecos Wilderness


Daniel Anderson Jr
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Daniel Anderson Jr

My wife and I are going to spend three nights in Santa Fe National Forest's Pecos Wilderness, and we've never been before. We have a guide book, but does anyone have any tips on a good route to take?

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Are you coming from the Taos or the Santa Fe side?

Eitherway, the Santa Barbara Divide and Trail Riders Wall are two of the highlights. Ridge walking par excellence!

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Daniel Anderson Jr

Awesome! Thanks. We'll be approaching the wilderness from the south side, from Santa Fe.

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I liked to start at Panchuela Campground and hike north to Pecos Baldy, Trailriders Wall, Truchas Lakes, Santa Barbara Divide. Jose Vigil Lake was my favorite spot in the wilderness. It's a huge wilderness and you won't get to see much in one trip, but the best part is hiking the alpine ridges, so don't miss that.

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What I love about the Pecos is that it is a lot like the San Juans (13ers, mountain lakes, ridge walks) but with more wildlife, less FS roads cutting through it and less people.

Shh! :)

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