Holy Ghost Creek

Pecos, New Mexico 87552

Holy Ghost Creek

Holy Ghost Creek Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"A day hike up a rushing trout stream through the lush forest of the Pecos Wilderness. Holy Ghost Creek provides a pleasant, easy introduction to the Pecos Wilderness. Although this hike is not especially long or difficult, it gives a good feel for the many permanent streams that flow out of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains.

Trail 283 starts by the information board across from the trailhead parking area at the lower end of the campground. The last stretch of road goes through the main campground and upper group campground; parking along it is for fee-paying campground users only. After leaving the campground, the trail follows the stream through lush forests of aspen, Douglas-fir, ponderosa pine, and other trees, crossing the creek occasionally."

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A great hike. Follows the stream most of the way and goes through a large aspen forest. Rather steep toward the end, but well worth it. When you get to the top, continue on to Stewart Lake (via trail 254) if you have the time.
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Nice trail through a lush green forest. A pretty steep climb at the end of the trail up to the intersection marking the end of the trail... my gps showed the elevation ended closer to 10k feet rather than the trail guide listed 9100. You will have to cross the river several times over logs which can be interesting in the spring with the runoff.

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Trail Information

Nearby City
Dog-friendly, Kid-friendly
1,050 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Skill Level
3 hours
Late May through early November
8,100 feet
Trailhead Elevation
9,150 feet
Top Elevation
Fishing, Camping
Additional Use
Santa Fe National Forest, PO Drawer 429, Pecos, NM 87552; (505) 757-6121; www.fs.usda.gov/santafe
Local Contacts
Pecos Wilderness; Santa Fe National Forest; Cowles 7.5-minute USGS quad
Local Maps

Trail Log