Cooks Peak

Deming, New Mexico 88030

Cooks Peak

Cooks Peak Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"A long day hike through a true ghost town to the craggy summit of isolated Cooks Peak.

This hike initially follows a rough road, but then climbs cross-country to the summit. The route is steep and strenuous and requires some scrambling up bare rock. Only expert hikers in good condition should attempt it. Except right after heavy snows, this hike can be done any time of year. However, since this is mostly a desert hike, summers can be very hot. Winters are unpredictable."

Cooks Peak Reviews

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Although we didn't climb to the peak, my son and I visited the area and would like to comment on road conditions.
According to another site, and verified here, the road through Hyatt's Ranch to Hadley Canyon/Shale Spring area and the old town is now open with NO LOCKED GATES. As Guide 66 describes, the road is good and I would have felt comfortable in my 2000 Hyundai Elantra. Luckily, on this trip we were in a 1996 Honda CR-V AWD and made it all the way to near the Windmill, we would have had trouble in the Elantra near the end.
Had we known about the cemetery and town at the windmill, we would have went further, but bad weather was impending, so we made it a short scorpion-hunting trip (found one of a New Species!) and left at sunset. We also saw a short-horned lizard and several cactus species among the ruins of a mining camp or ranch, and a mine entrance near Hadley Creek.
The only trouble we had was to move a few oil-pan grabbers out of the way. We are revisiting the area in October 2008!

Cooks Peak Photos

Trail Information

Nearby City
3,028 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Skill Level
7–9 hours
Spring and fall
5,330 feet
Trailhead Elevation
8,408 feet
Top Elevation
Additional Use
Bureau of Land Management, 1800 Marquess St., Las Cruces, NM 88005; (575) 525-4300
Local Contacts
OK Canyon 7.5-minute USGS quad
Local Maps

Activity Feed

Dec 2018