Pecos Baldy Lake

Cowles New Mexico Hikes

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Late summer is the ideal time to enjoy a glorious trip to one of New Mexico’s premier alpine areas, the high country surrounding Pecos Baldy Lake. The long, strenuous trip to the lake puts hikers at the foot of the humpbacked Pecos Baldy Peak. In July and August the trail is lined with wildflowers, and in September golden aspens are on stage. Bighorn sheep frequent this area, too, but the lake and the surrounding mountain scenery are the highlights of this trip. Be prepared to share the trail with plenty of other hikers. Also, be sure to watch the weather and be ready to seek shelter during sudden thunderstorms in this exposed terrain.
100 Hikes in New Mexico

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100 Hikes in New Mexico

by Craig Martin (The Mountaineers Books)

Late summer is the ideal time to enjoy a glorious trip to one of New Mexico’s premier alpine areas, the high country surrounding Pecos Baldy Lake. The long, strenuous trip to the lake puts hikers at the foot of the humpbacked Pecos Baldy Peak. In July and August the trail is lined with wildflowers, and in September golden aspens are on stage. Bighorn sheep frequent this area, too, but the lake and the surrounding mountain scenery are the highlights of this trip. Be prepared to share the trail with plenty of other hikers. Also, be sure to watch the weather and be ready to seek shelter during sudden thunderstorms in this exposed terrain.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Cowles
Length: 12.5
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Strenuous
Season: mid-June to early October
Local Maps: USGS Cowles and Truchas Peak;
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8/22/2006

The first half of this loop trail up to the lake is largely covered by trees with few views of the surrounding area. Its a gentle climb upwards but rather uneventful. The lake itself is peaceful with good fishing and a couple nice areas to camp. We reached the lake just in time for a thunderstorm to roll in, which pounded us for about twenty minutes and then quickly dissipated. The best part of the hike is the second half of the loop, which has open views of the wilderness for miles. Even in late summer, there were quite a few wildflowers to enjoy.

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