Hiking New Mexico
by Laurence Parent (Falcon Guides)
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Astounding view once you reach the top. Words just don't do it justice. If you can handle a very rocky trail with tons of switchbacks and fallen trees, I recommend it! Very fun!
You'll be able to see Hermit Peak shortly after leaving Las Vegas and heading up to El Porvenir Campground (where the TH is located). And what a site it is... I was not expecting a mountain of it's stature but was pleasantly surprised by the way it dominates the surroundings. The trail is rocky most of the way up with the middle two miles responsible for the majority of the elevation gain (~2600ft). There is a ton of history concerning the Hermit, the Penitente, and magical healing powers that surround this area and it is extremely interesting to read about in "Enchantment and Exploitation" by William DeBuys. Make sure to check out the spring and the Hermit's cave if you have enought time. Yes, the hard uphill miles are well rewarded... the views from the top are some of the best that I've experienced in New Mexico!!
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