Vicks Peak

Las Cruces, New Mexico 88007

Vicks Peak

Vicks Peak Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"The Apache Kid Wilderness is located in the southern half of the San Mateo Mountains. Named for a renegade Apache reportedly buried there, the wilderness has almost 100 miles of primitive trails but very few access points.

The lower half of the wilderness is reached easily from Springtime Campground, and hikers with ample time can take trips of more than 50 miles into the central range. The Apache Kid Wilderness can get hot in summer, but the usually light snowfalls in the range make it an ideal spot for a spring or late fall trip."

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1/13/2009
this turned into a bushwhacking experience. plus there is no trail! if you're feeling froggy and want to do this trail use a gps navigation device. it's really pretty in the canyon, but what was supposed to be five miles turned into sixteen and involved being rescued by a local rancher.

if you do this trail, BE CAREFUL. but it is really pretty.
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12/29/2007
this was a marvelous experience to be in an area that was desert with white sand everywhere. Simply awesome
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3/16/2003
trail was very poorly marked and difficult to stay on at times. bring a good map and compass and be prepared to use them. on the plus side, we did not see anybody the entire day.
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Trail Information

Las Cruces
Nearby City
12
Distance
Out-and-back
Trail Type
Difficult
Skill Level
April to November
Season
USGS Vicks Peak and Blue Mountain
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