Glorieta Baldy

Pecos, New Mexico 87552

Glorieta Baldy

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"The ride climbs up through La Cueva Canyon to the 10,199-foot summit of Glorieta Baldy. This is a big ride with a long and arduous uphill grunt to the top of Glorieta Baldy, 10,199 feet above sea level. Trail surface: Paved roads, gravel roads, singletrack and doubletrack trails. This is a big ride with a long and arduous uphill grunt to the top of Glorieta Baldy,
10,199 feet above sea level.

The ride starts in Glorieta Baptist Center and cruises down New Mexico Highway 50 for a few miles to County Road 63A (Forest road 375). Remember that the center is private property and please respect all rules while on their grounds. The ride then travels up La Cueva Canyon on FR 375 through the small village of La Cueva and makes a wide loop to the summit of Glorieta Baldy. The final 2 miles to the summit are steep and rocky. The altitude doesn’t help things, as the thin air and rocky tread will turn the final half mile to the summit into a push-a-bike for most cyclists."

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100 Hikes in New Mexico (The Mountaineers Books)
Craig Martin
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"Apache Canyon at the foot of Glorieta Baldy is a seemingly remote area just a few miles from Santa Fe. A series of old trails and logging roads create a nice loop through just the canyon, or the trip can be extended up steep ridges to the peak itself. While the Apache Canyon loop route is 6 miles and an ideal midwinter walk, the full trip up Glorieta Baldy is a strenuous climb for spring or fall. The summit view stretches from the level plains to the south to the heart of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains to the north. Note that none of these trails are shown accurately on the USGS 7.5-minute quadrangle map."

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6/15/2009
Hiked to Spirit Lake from Stewart Lake! The hike to the lake from stewart is quite steep! There are a number of switchbacks and not clear windsor stream crossing. The lake itself is more of a pond. The surrounding scenery is not much to look at. there are no fish in the lake. I did not really enjoy anything about spirit lake. If you are thinking of hiking to spirit lake I reccomend changing your plans and either head to stewart lake, or Lake Katherine!
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6/12/2007
It was the most difficult ride I have ever done. The climb is gradual and the sights are incredible. There are old model A's and Model T's rusted out on the trail. There is also a hotel ruins at about 9000' elev.

I recommend takeing a bottle of personal oxygen if you are not aclimated to Glorieta's climate.
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Trail Information

Pecos
Nearby City
21.1
Distance
Loop/Lollipop
Trail Type
Difficult
Technical Difficulty
Difficult
Physical Difficulty
Difficult
Skill Level
3 to 5 hours
Duration
Late April to late October
Season
7,500 feet
Trailhead Elevation
10,200 feet
Top Elevation
Santa Fe National Forest
Local Contacts
USGS Santa Fe County
Local Maps

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