Truchas Peak

Like Santa Fe Baldy, Truchas Peak may be reached in one day, but it is a long hike. The ideal way to climb it is to ascend to Trailriders Wall (see map of Pecos Wilderness, NM) and climb up the ridge to the peak from there. There is a little bit of a drop in the ridge, meaning that the climber will have to re-climb a portion of the ridge on the way down. Very steep terrain up near the summit.

Elevation (feet): 13,103
Elevation (meters): 3,994
Continent: North America
Country: United States
Range/Region: Sangre de Cristo Range
State: New Mexico
Latitude: 35.9625
Longitude: -105.644
Difficulty: Walk up
Best months for climbing: May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep
Nearest major airport: Albuquerque International Sunport
Convenient Center: Espanola

Thanks to Scott Kelley for adding this peak.

Trip Reports

NOTE: Trip reports were previously called "Summit Logs" - same feature, new name

There are 8 trip reports for Truchas Peak.

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  • Log #22393 - by Dougo on July 18, 2013
    I first climbed this peak in 1969 with my dad, 2 cousins and my youger brother. I was 11and he was 9. Last year I climbed it with my 22 year old son. We had a topo map but primarily used memory from...
  • Log #15544 - by James Evans on June 24, 2004
    Came across the ridge from the Pecos Baldy. The wind was terrible and it was very cold in the morning. This is definitely a beautiful walk though. Bighorn sheep were everywhere.
  • Log #15545 - by Caroline Lin on July 30, 2001
    having also done wheeler and santa fe baldy several times before this trip for comparion, i felt at the time that truchas was much tougher than either of them. long trail with switchbacks to head of...
  • Log #15546 - by Bill Scherzinger on July 13, 2001
    We backpacked to Pecos Baldy Lake on Friday. We started for Truchas Peak across Trailrider's Wall at about 8:00 on Saturday. Trailrider's Wall is very cool and worth a trip by itself. After passing...
  • Log #15547 - by Lawrence on Mar 19, 2001
    Began climb via hiking to the low part of the ridge north of Truchas Lakes. This is the southwest flanking ridge of N. Truchas Peak. Then I traversed the ridge with some scrambling, sometimes only a...
  • Log #15548 - by Tim Callaway on Jan 16, 2001
    summited w/Scott Kelley's group. a lot of goats. not too dificlt. Definatly at least a 2 day trip.
  • Log #15549 - by Jay Meyer on Oct 20, 2000
    This was a two day trip, departing from and returning to the Borrego Mesa area. By mistake, I departed on Trail No. 150 rather than 155 (the Rio Medio Trail), necessitating a long and difficult...
  • Log #15550 - by Scott Kelley on Oct 07, 2000
    I took a group of friends up this for my 16th birthday this year. Tim Callway, Daria Mashnik, Marisa Nochumson, and I climbed this peak with a cold breeze blowing across the highest peak in the Pecos...