Hermit Peak

Las Vegas, New Mexico

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A day hike to the spectacular views from a rocky summit of a prominent Pecos Wilderness peak. Hermit Peak anchors the far southeastern arm of the Pecos Wilderness. Although the summit has a broad, flat top, towering cliffs dominate its eastern escarpment. The sheer walls give the peak a notable appearance, making it recognizable miles away out on the high eastern plains. The peak was named for a hermit who supposedly lived in a cave near the summit. If you parked in the lot at the entrance of the campground, the marked Trail 219 will be right across the road.
Hiking New Mexico

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Hiking New Mexico

by Laurence Parent (Falcon Guides)

A day hike to the spectacular views from a rocky summit of a prominent Pecos Wilderness peak. Hermit Peak anchors the far southeastern arm of the Pecos Wilderness. Although the summit has a broad, flat top, towering cliffs dominate its eastern escarpment.

The sheer walls give the peak a notable appearance, making it recognizable miles away out on the high eastern plains. The peak was named for a hermit who supposedly lived in a cave near the summit. If you parked in the lot at the entrance of the campground, the marked Trail 219 will be right across the road.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Las Vegas
Distance: 8
Elevation Gain: 2,712 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Difficult
Duration: 5–7 hours
Season: Late May through November
Trailhead Elevation: 7,500 feet
Top Elevation: 10,212 feet
Local Contacts: Carson National Forest
Local Maps: El Porvenir 7.5-minute USGS quad
Driving Directions: Directions to Hermit Peak

Recent Trail Reviews

8/7/2011
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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!


4/3/2002
1

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!!


6/28/1993
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