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Truchas--Best Trailhead?

Postby steelfrog » Tue Aug 30, 2011 4:32 pm

I've read and heard that going through Truchas village can get your car vandalized.

There's the southern approach and the northern approach. I am inclined to give the northern approach a go, couple nights camping out. Anyone have any experience/suggestions about this? Maybe 2nd weekend of October, got to watch the weather.

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Re: Truchas--Best Trailhead?

Postby TravelingMatt » Tue Aug 30, 2011 4:46 pm

You mean the 13er in New Mexico, right? I did it a couple years ago, also in early October.

I received permission from the landowner by calling the phone number on the Summitpost page for Truchas. Wasn't really a big deal (but I certainly encourage people to respect the owner's wishes and call ahead.) Give him a few days to call you back. You probably should have a specific range of dates in mind and he will ask what kind of vehicle you will have. No big deal if it'll be a rental, as it was with me, just call back once you know.

The road to the TH is 4wd. The turns are confusing in a couple places, so take/study a map. There's one T-like intersection where it felt like left was the correct way, when it fact right was.

The climb itself is quite pretty, with an extensive scrambling section once you gain the ridge. Didn't see another person all day. Absolutely worth it.
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Re: Truchas--Best Trailhead?

Postby AcruxHopper » Tue Aug 30, 2011 5:11 pm

One of the best trips I've ever taken. Did it from Jack's Creak TH and camped at Pecos Baldy Lake. Beautiful.
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Re: Truchas--Best Trailhead?

Postby MtHurd » Tue Aug 30, 2011 5:53 pm

I've climbed South Truchas Peak 4 times, 3 times from Jack's Creek and once from Iron Gate. Jack's Creek is probably the best route (Trailriders Wall is spectacular), although it is 11 miles. Rio Quemado is the shortest but again, get permission or your car will most likely be vandalized. Middle Truchas Peak is the closest peak from that route although the traverse over to Medio and South Truchas isn't too bad. North Truchas can also be accessed from that trailhead as well. The road was washed out last year, I'm sure it's been fixed but you might call first to find out. The northern route is good for North Truchas, but it's about 11 miles to the summit. From North Truchas, it's another mile and a 3rd class ridge run to get to North Truchas. You can also ascend Chimayosos Peak from the north as the trail ascends the saddle between North Truchas and Chimayosos. It's a worthy climb just for the views of all 4 Truchas peaks.

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Re: Truchas--Best Trailhead?

Postby steelfrog » Wed Aug 31, 2011 7:52 am

Thanks Barry and everyone else. Question, what map is best to use for this area?

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Re: Truchas--Best Trailhead?

Postby MtHurd » Wed Aug 31, 2011 8:02 am

I've got the U.S. Forest Service map (actually have 3 dating back to the 70's) and it works fine. U.S.G.S. topos will work as well. Some maps will show Middle Truchas as "West Truchas". West Truchas would probably be more fitting as Middle Truchas is the furthest west of the group, but the official name is Middle Truchas. "Medio" Truchas is a name coined by Jerry Roach and is an unnamed Point in the center of all 3 of the other Truchas Peaks. Only South Truchas and North Truchas peaks are official 13ers. All 4 of them are worthy climbs. South Truchas was my second peak I ever climbed back in 1977. My first was East Pecos Baldy the day before. The Pecos Wilderness is one of my all time favorite places.

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Re: Truchas--Best Trailhead?

Postby TravelingMatt » Wed Aug 31, 2011 4:59 pm

steelfrog wrote:Thanks Barry and everyone else. Question, what map is best to use for this area?


USFS publishes a very good one of the entire Pecos Wilderness. Kinda large as it covers the entire area, but it is worth getting if you plan to go back there.
So pleas'd at first the towering Alps we try,
Mount o'er the vales, and seem to tread the sky,
Th' increasing prospects tire our wand'ring eyes,
Hills peep o'er hills, and Alps on Alps arise!
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Re: Truchas--Best Trailhead?

Postby aggiegeog » Tue Oct 18, 2011 11:21 am

I have been wanting to do these peaks for a while either from Jack's Creek to my family's cabin off of Highway 518 or an out and back from the cabin. I have heard about too many issues to really consider the northern THs. I am heading up to do Jicarita this weekend.

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Re: Truchas--Best Trailhead?

Postby Matt » Tue Oct 18, 2011 11:31 am

Jicarita's great, even better if you include Jicarita Peak South, a cool route to which is detailed in Laurence Parent's Falcon guidebook, "Hiking New Mexico." It doesn't matter, though, the route up, as the two peaks are close together.

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Re: Truchas--Best Trailhead?

Postby aggiegeog » Tue Oct 18, 2011 11:44 am

I am actually thinking about attempting South and North along with the main summit of Jicarita. It is a really nice climb, not too long of an approach and very gently sloped. I should get some spectacular views of the Truchas peaks. I doubt a whole lot of color is left once you get much elevation. I am in TX and will head up Friday. The Truchas peak area is nice in that they are not the typical domes of most high NM peaks and can actually offer some Class 3 and probably 4 scrambles if desired.

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Re: Truchas--Best Trailhead?

Postby MtHurd » Tue Oct 18, 2011 1:34 pm

There is at least one 5th class route on Medio Truchas.

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Re: Truchas--Best Trailhead?

Postby CincyBearcats » Tue Oct 18, 2011 3:53 pm

My wife and I climbed the Truchas peaks from the Santa Barbara TH. There is a Forest Service campground at the TH, so parking is relatively safe. Here's a trip report I put together a while back. Note that I used a different naming convention for Middle Truchas. Have fun!
http://www.14ers.com/php14ers/tripreport.php?trip=6631

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