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Description

The Truchas Peaks area of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains of Northern New Mexico offers a high abundance of quality, secluded hiking and mountain adventure. While most of the activity in the area is day hiking and backpacking to the highest peak in the area, "South" Truchas Peak (13,102'), I've heard of at least one Fifth-class rock route and did see the potential for some more obscure, likely-not-to-be-repeated rock climbing on slabs between Middle Truchas Peak (13,066') and North Truchas Peak (13,024').
In winter you'll find isolation and some enjoyable ice climbing at the Rio Quemado Falls in the North Fork Rio Quemado river.

Getting There

There are many ways to access the Truchas Peaks area. Possibly the shortest approach is from the west at the Rio Quemado Falls Trailhead. From the north, access is from the Trampas Lakes Trailhead or the Santa Barbara Campground. The peaks can also be accessed from the south from the upper Pecos River valley.
Note that there are numerous cross-connecting dirt roads in the area, especially from the western approach, and finding the Rio Quemado Falls TH can be very confusing even with a map. It's best to do a recon trip in summer with a 4WD vehicle to get the approach dialed.

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