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Beatty's Trail No. 15 - Part 1

Contact Info
Pecos, NM 87552

Phone:
505-757-6121
Basics
Length:
8 miles
Difficulty:
Intermediate
Time:
4.5 to 5.5 hours
Trailhead Elevation:
8960 feet
Elevation Range:
8960 feet to 10160 feet
Elevation Change:
1200 feet
Usage:
Heavy
Season:
Year Round

Description

The first mile out of Jack's Creek Campground is the most difficult section. In this first mile there are separate trails for hikers and horsemen. The trail climbs almost 1,000 feet in elevation over the first one and a half miles. The grade is moderate with long switchbacks up the hillside. After reaching the top of a ridge, the trail continues with a more gradual climb through conifer forests for another mile before entering a large meadow on the flank of Round Mountain.

A major trail intersection is found here with Jack's Creek Trail 257 going north toward Pecos Baldy Lake, while Beatty's Trail continues to the northeast. Open meadows alternate with aspen and conifer forest as the trail winds around the east slope of Round Mountain and descends into the Pecos River Valley. The final half mile of trail descends through conifer forests before entering the large grassy meadows along the western bank of the Pecos River, known as Beatty's Flats. There are several trail junctions in the area as well as the only crossing of the Pecos River in the high country that has a bridge.

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:
4.5 to 5.5 hours
Trailhead Elevation:
8960
Elevation Range:
8960 feet to 10160
Elevation Change:
1200
Usage:
Heavy
Season:
Year Round
Useful Map(s):
USGS: Cowles, 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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