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Re: Northern New Mexico conditions?

Postby abqben56 » Tue May 14, 2013 12:20 pm

desertdog wrote: I would not leave my car at that TH.


Especially with out of state plates. A few years ago, Rio Arriba county had the worst heroin problem in the country and I haven't heard anything about it getting better up there.

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Re: Northern New Mexico conditions?

Postby Monster5 » Tue May 14, 2013 12:27 pm

Thanks much! That seems like the best way to daytrip the group, but it probably isn't worth a new set of windows.
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Re: Northern New Mexico conditions?

Postby TravelingMatt » Tue May 14, 2013 2:13 pm

Monster5 wrote:Do you know if vandalism is still a problem at the Quemado trailhead? Or is the whole thing exaggerated?

A NM climber told me to leave my vehicle unlocked with a case of beer in the front seat - seems like that could backfire.


I think the issue is the road and/or TH are on private property.

The owner requests you contact him before using that TH. I did and climbed Truchas without a problem.
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Re: Northern New Mexico conditions?

Postby ChrisinAZ » Tue May 14, 2013 2:51 pm

I've heard something similar, and don't recall anyone having complained of vandalism who'd received permission prior to parking there. That said, I'm pretty sure I've heard the road into the Quemado TH experienced a washout, making the roundtrip from that side only ~6 miles shorter than the other common options. Given how gorgeous I've heard Jacks Creek is, I'm inclined to just avoid Quemado altogether in favor of a more scenic and relaxing route.

TravelingMatt wrote:I think the issue is the road and/or TH are on private property.

The owner requests you contact him before using that TH. I did and climbed Truchas without a problem.
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Re: Northern New Mexico conditions?

Postby semitrueskerm » Tue May 14, 2013 4:33 pm

Give me a holla about where and when you are climbing in New Mexico. Might want to join y'all.

Re: Northern New Mexico conditions?

Postby forbins_mtn » Tue May 14, 2013 6:26 pm

I was in Taos last weekend and I was staring at Wheeler the whole time. It's not quite summer conditions but will be there very soon. I wanted to take my girlfriend up it but it just wasn't quite dry enough for her taste. We did some killer rock climbing instead(and we didn't see one single person at the crag all day - holy crap! not like Boulder Canyon at all =D> )

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Re: Northern New Mexico conditions?

Postby desertdog » Sun May 19, 2013 7:29 am

Matt wrote:
desertdog wrote:I am doing Pecos Baldy this coming Saturday and expect similard conditions to gold hill with a bit less snow.
I would expect the approaches to the Truchas still to have snow.
Its going to warm this week so I think the melt will be fast with most snow gone by around 6/15.
If you have specific peaks in mind let me know.


Please report back after doing Pecos Baldy (don't forget East, it's ranked). Our plan is to start in Cowles for a Truchas hike, so you'd be covering much of our approach.
As Chris mentioned, the map used on LoJ indicates much less snow around there than in the Wheeler/Gold Hill area. Let's hope so...
Thank you.


We did Pecos Baldy(s) yesterday in good conditions. Some snow in the trees on the last quarter of the approach to the lake...no need for snowshoes though. Summited both peaks.

Trailriders Wall looked snow free. Truchas looked in good shape as well.

Come on down!
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Re: Northern New Mexico conditions?

Postby ChrisinAZ » Sun May 19, 2013 7:37 am

desertdog wrote:We did Pecos Baldy(s) yesterday in good conditions. Some snow in the trees on the last quarter of the approach to the lake...no need for snowshoes though. Summited both peaks.

Trailriders Wall looked snow free. Truchas looked in good shape as well.


Thanks a ton for the update--I'm glad to hear the snowshoes will be staying home! Hope you had an enjoyable trip...
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Re: Northern New Mexico conditions?

Postby TravelingMatt » Sun May 19, 2013 3:13 pm

I was looking at Pecos Baldy tomorrow! Everything looked pretty dry from the drive down 285.

I did the Taylor/La Mosca combo today. A few small, crusty snowbanks on the north side of Taylor and that's it. It was cool and breezy up there though, and I got graupeled on on the way back.
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Re: Northern New Mexico conditions?

Postby Matt » Sun May 19, 2013 5:51 pm

desertdog wrote:We did Pecos Baldy(s) yesterday in good conditions. Some snow in the trees on the last quarter of the approach to the lake...no need for snowshoes though. Summited both peaks.
Trailriders Wall looked snow free. Truchas looked in good shape as well.
Come on down!


Echoing Chris, thanks very much. I've been looking forward to these peaks for years.
Let us know if you'd like to meet up at Horseman's Haven for our post-climb chile fest. Probably Monday, unless we hike out on summit day (Sunday).

On a related note from earlier in the thread, Jim, if you have any interest in this, shoot me a PM.
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Re: Northern New Mexico conditions?

Postby LynnKH » Mon May 20, 2013 5:56 am

How about Wheeler? Any thoughts on if it will be dry by this weekend? Thanks!

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Re: Northern New Mexico conditions?

Postby desertdog » Mon May 20, 2013 5:59 am

Matt wrote:
desertdog wrote:We did Pecos Baldy(s) yesterday in good conditions. Some snow in the trees on the last quarter of the approach to the lake...no need for snowshoes though. Summited both peaks.
Trailriders Wall looked snow free. Truchas looked in good shape as well.
Come on down!


Echoing Chris, thanks very much. I've been looking forward to these peaks for years.
Let us know if you'd like to meet up at Horseman's Haven for our post-climb chile fest. Probably Monday, unless we hike out on summit day (Sunday).

On a related note from earlier in the thread, Jim, if you have any interest in this, shoot me a PM.


My pleasure. After all the help I've gotten over the years on conditions in CO its good to be able to return the favor.

One thing I forgot to mention. When you come to Pecos Baldy Lake take the gully on the far side on the left of the lake to the saddle rather than the trail to miss some deep snow.

Also, thanks for the invite, but I'm climbing Jicarita and SF Baldy Peaks those days.

Enjoy!

Richard

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