Cebolla Mesa/big Arsenic Trails

Cowles, New Mexico 87573

Cebolla Mesa/big Arsenic Trails

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"The Rio Grande has carved a gorge 60 miles long and up to 1,000 feet deep through the thick sheets of lava that emanated from the volcanoes of the Taos Plateau. The river within the gorge remains wild and free-flowing, fed by snowmelt in Colorado’s San Juan Mountains and by thousands of springs within the gorge itself.

The basalt walls are steep, and house-sized boulders have tumbled from them to line the river or break the current as in-stream rocks. The polished rocks at streamside are slick, and the water off the banks is often ten feet deep. Ducks, mergansers, geese, and bald eagles are frequent sights along the river."

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8/15/2008
Did this hike in late July. We got lucky and missed any afternoon showers. This was a georgous hike with amazing views of the wilderness from the intersection of trails 25 and 257 if hiking on the jacks creek trail all the way past round mountain until you reach jacks creek. After crossing jacks creek not much to see but dense forest until you reach the lake. However, this was not just a leisurly stroll. This is a strenuous hike that took a lot of energy and my brother and myself 5 hours to complete. But the views of Pecos Baldy Peak with the lake underneath it, big horn sheep, elk, and deer make this trip will worth it! There are plenty of camp sites on trail 251 going towards Truchas once you reach the lake. I will defenitly do this hike again had a blast!
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5/19/2006
This was a great weekend getaway from Albuquerque as it's only about an hour away from town. This trail is intense. The trail gains altitulde right from the start. If you're heading to the flats by the Pecos river you'll lose almost all of that altitude only to have to gain it all back to get back to the trail head. Being able to read a map/compass are very important as we found ourselves in a dense area following elk trails before we found a real path.
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8/6/2005
HIKED IN THE PECOS WILDERNESS AREA, BUT I DIDN'T GET TO BALDY LAKE SINCE THE RAIN AND LIGHTENING OF A SUMMER RAIN DROVE ME OFF THE SKYLINE TRAIL. AFTER AN INCH OF RAIN THE NIGHT BEFORE, I FOUND THE TRAILS SLIPPERY. I SAW SOME EAGLES, MOUNTAIN GOATS AND MANY SIGNS OF BEAR. THE TRAMPAS LAKE TRAIL WAS A PLEASENT DAY HIKE. NOTE THE TAILS ARE NOT WELL MAKED BY POSTS. BUT CLEARED WOOD AND STONE WHICH CAN CAUSE CONFUSION BECAUSE OF CROSSING TRAILS.
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Trail Information

Cowles
Nearby City
7.4
Distance
Out-and-back
Trail Type
Moderate
Skill Level
March to November
Season
USGS Guadalupe Mountain
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