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Truchas Peaks--conditions report?

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Truchas Peaks--conditions report?

Postby steelfrog » Fri May 25, 2012 10:00 am

Headed this afternoon to the Truchas Peaks with my 5, 8, 11 and 12 y.o. girls. Anybody have any recent beta on snow conditions?

Many thanks.

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Re: Truchas Peaks--conditions report?

Postby tmathews » Fri May 25, 2012 10:06 am

steelfrog wrote:Headed this afternoon to the Truchas Peaks with my 5, 8, 11 and 12 y.o. girls. Anybody have any recent beta on snow conditions?

Many thanks.


No beta, but you might want to reconsider if any of your kids have respiratory issues. Looks like the area is getting smoke from the Whitewater-Baldy fire. Here's a pinpoint forecast for the area: http://forecast.weather.gov/MapClick.php?lat=35.96225504283211&lon=-105.64517498016357&site=abq&unit=0&lg=en&FcstType=text

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Re: Truchas Peaks--conditions report?

Postby steelfrog » Fri May 25, 2012 10:26 am

Ya, I am aware of thhat. More looking for trail/snow conditions. Thanks.

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Re: Truchas Peaks--conditions report?

Postby abqben56 » Fri May 25, 2012 11:48 am

steelfrog wrote:Headed this afternoon to the Truchas Peaks with my 5, 8, 11 and 12 y.o. girls. Anybody have any recent beta on snow conditions?

Many thanks.


Based on what I saw from SF Baldy last weekend, you can expect some above 11K or so in forested areas and on N/NE facing slopes above and below treeline, though it's been hot and it should be melting fast. No issues in getting up to Baldy itself but the trail from Baldy down to Lake Katherine was still blocked at the Baldy saddle, about 11600. It looked like you could get to the main Truchas summits individually but I don't know about the traverse. Hope that helps.

The smoke is here but it isn't nearly as bad as last year. Yet.

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Re: Truchas Peaks--conditions report?

Postby steelfrog » Fri May 25, 2012 1:12 pm

We're goign to camp Pecos Baldy Lake 2 nights; prolly climb East Pecos Baldy tomorrow; Truchas and over to Middle Truchas Sunday. Hopefully.

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Re: Truchas Peaks--conditions report?

Postby abqben56 » Fri May 25, 2012 1:20 pm

steelfrog wrote:We're goign to camp Pecos Baldy Lake 2 nights; prolly climb East Pecos Baldy tomorrow; Truchas and over to Middle Truchas Sunday. Hopefully.


The trails should be pretty well stomped through from that direction. Worst case, your daughters will see a beautiful area. Have a great time.

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