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Agua Fria and North Fork Trail No. 133 & 269

Contact Info
Pecos, NM 87552

Phone:
505-757-6121
Basics
Length:
8 miles
Difficulty:
Intermediate
Time:
5 - 6 hours
Trailhead Elevation:
10000 feet
Elevation Range:
10000 feet to 11800 feet
Elevation Change:
1800 feet
Usage:
Moderate
Season:
Year Round

Description

The road access to this trail is from Walker Flats, located about eight miles west of Mora and Cleveland via a high-clearance 4WD road. The first section of trail is designated as Agua Fria Trail 233, which starts from the road up Osha Canyon, on the northwest side of the large meadow known as Walker Flats. The first few miles of trail can be difficult to follow due to the many old logging roads in the area. This section of trail is steep and eroded. After about one to one and-a-half miles, the trail intersects North Fork Trail 269. The trail continues to climb and reaches the Wilderness boundary and North Fork Lake after about two-and-a-half miles. From North Fork Lake, the trail follows the base of the Jicarita Peak Ridge. This area is often wet and muddy. The junction with Middle Fork Trail 266 is encountered after about two miles and Middle Fork Lake is found shortly thereafter. From there the trail curves around an outcrop of the Jicarita ridge and enters the Rincon Bonito. Rincon Bonito is a protected valley with lush, grass meadows interspersed with willow and conifer forests. From Rincon Bonito, the trail climbs gradually to the top of the Santa Barbara Divide. This section of trail is cold and shaded and is usually wet or snowy and muddy. There are several boggy and slippery areas. At the top of the Divide, the trail meets Skyline Trail 251, Valdez Trail 224, and Pecos River Trail 456.

Tour Companies

  • Santa Fe Area
  • Snowshoeing, Hiking
  • 505-660-0394

Outspire Hiking and Snowshoeing From alpine to desert, Outspire guides enrich your experience by giving context to your hike. So that your destination is not only what you see, but a sense of where the area fits in New Mexico's history, geology and natural world. Our hiking guides are experienced, enthusiastic, and motivated to share the joy of being outside! Day hikes and winter snowshoe outings are planned to suit your interests and fitness.

Details

Length:
8 miles
Difficulty:
Intermediate
Time:
5 - 6 hours
Trailhead Elevation:
10000
Elevation Range:
10000 feet to 11800
Elevation Change:
1800
Usage:
Moderate
Season:
Year Round
Useful Map(s):
USGS: Holman, Jicarita Peak, Pecos Falls
Additional Details:

This trail is in the Pecos Wilderness. Motorized equipment and mechanized transportation, including mountain bikes, hunter carts, and chainsaws are prohibited.

Use existing campsites and pack out all your trash.

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