Hermit Peak

Las Vegas, New Mexico 87745

Hermit Peak

Hermit Peak Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"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."

Hermit Peak Trip Reports

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8/7/2011
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!
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4/3/2002
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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6/28/1993
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Trail Information

Las Vegas
Nearby City
Dog-friendly
Accessibility
8
Distance
2,750 feet
Elevation Gain
Out-and-back
Trail Type
Difficult
Skill Level
5-7 hours
Duration
Late May through November
Season
7,510 feet
Trailhead Elevation
10,260 feet
Top Elevation
Camping
Additional Use
Views
Features
Santa Fe National Forest, 1926 N. 7th St., Las Vegas, NM 87701; (505) 425-3534; www.fs.usda.gov/santafe
Local Contacts
Pecos Wilderness; Santa Fe National Forest; El Porvenir 7.5-minute USGS quad
Local Maps

Trail Log