Beatty’s Cabin

Pecos, New Mexico 87552

Beatty’s Cabin

Beatty’s Cabin Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"A long day hike or backpack through forest and lush meadows into the heart of the Pecos Wilderness at the Pecos River. This trail makes a great day hike or, even better, an overnight trip into the heart of the Pecos Wilderness.

The 223,000-acre wilderness is the second largest in the state and contains many of the highest peaks and a large concentration of alpine lakes and streams. The trail climbs from Iron Gate Campground through conifer forest up onto Hamilton Mesa, a beautiful area of meadows with panoramic views of the 12,000- and 13,000-foot peaks of the Pecos Wilderness."

Beatty’s Cabin Reviews

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Just got back from doing this trail with my son who is 5 1/2. This is a great trail if you have kids that are interested in Backpacking. Of course he only carried his water and a few snacks. To get to the campground it does require a 4WD with a high clearance. The 4WD is needed especially if it rains. Great views all along the trail. The Hamilton Mesa is incredible. Once you get to Beatty's Cabin, a note is posted, " No Camping or Campfires with in Beatty's area. They even have a map posted to show where you can and cannot camp. Well this was a surprise to me and if I would have know this, I would have been better prepared. So we got on Trail 25 headed south to Beatty's Creek and camped in a little spot off the creek. And the Cabin is still there......
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WOW! The view from Hamilton Mesa is fantastic. Trail is heavily used, fairly well kept. Lots of sign of moose, deer, bear and coyotes. Road to IronGate Campground requires 4WD. It's lousy. Wish I had a camera. Wild Iris in bloom everywhere.
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I've hiked this trail for 25 years, and I think it is one of the most beautiful in the country. It has everything -- pine forests, incredible views to the east over the Mora watershed, high alpine meadows (the wild irises bloom briefly in late June on Hamilton Mesa -- a sight you'll never forget), the Pecos River, and Beatty's Flats (the Cabin is long gone) -- a lovely meadow, bursting with wildflowers this year, and really a spiritual place.

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Trail Information

Nearby City
770 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Easy to Moderate
Skill Level
5-7 hours
June through October
9,350 feet
Trailhead Elevation
10,120 feet
Top Elevation
Fishing, Camping
Additional Use
Views, Wildflowers
Santa Fe National Forest, PO Drawer 429, Pecos, NM 87552; (505) 757-6121;
Local Contacts
Pecos Wilderness; Santa Fe National Forest; Pecos Falls and Elk Mountain 7.5-minute USGS quads
Local Maps

Activity Feed

Dec 2018