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Glorieta Center Trail No. 172

Contact Info
Pecos, NM 87552

Phone:
505-757-6121
Basics
Length:
5 miles
Difficulty:
Difficult
Time:
5 - 6 hours
Trailhead Elevation:
7500 feet
Elevation Range:
7500 feet to 10199 feet
Elevation Change:
2699 feet
Usage:
Moderate to Heavy
Season:
Year Round

Description

The hike up to Glorieta Baldy is strenuous, but offers a number of unique attractions. A detailed trail description is available at the entrance gate to the conference center as the directions to the parking area. From the trailhead, a grassy road follows a stream up the canyon with two turnoffs encountered during the first mile. Follow the signs that the conference center has provided indicating the route to the trail. After leaving the drainage, the trail climbs to a rocky area where the route is not clear. The trail drops to a small drainage to the left and starts climbing through the forest. It does not continue through the boulder field. The trail eventually gains the ridge between Ruiz and Glorieta Canyons.

Much of this trail follows an old road. In the last mile, the trail becomes considerably steeper and narrower, switching up the southwest slope on the mountain. Secondary trails have been created shortcutting these switchbacks, and visitors can note the erosion damage that these cause. Just before the summit, a junction with Baldy Trail 175 is encountered. Continue up the hill to the top. Please do not climb the fire tower.

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:
5 miles
Difficulty:
Difficult
Time:
5 - 6 hours
Trailhead Elevation:
7500
Elevation Range:
7500 feet to 10199
Elevation Change:
2699
Usage:
Moderate to Heavy
Season:
Year Round
Useful Map(s):
USGS: Glorieta, McClure Reservoir
Additional Details:

This trail starts on private land. Please comply with the policies established by the Conference Center for use of the trail and trailhead.

Always carry extra layers and raingear. There is no water available along this steep trail.

Map + Directions

Basic Directions

Trailhead is located at the Glorieta Conference Center which has many facilities. At the end of the road to Glorieta Baldy is a small picnic area with tables and fire grates.


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