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Hamilton Mesa Trail No. 149 - Part 1

Contact Info
Pecos, NM 87552

Phone:
505-757-6121
Basics
Length:
10 miles
Difficulty:
Easy,
Intermediate
Time:
5 - 6 hours
Trailhead Elevation:
9350 feet
Elevation Range:
9350 feet to 11000 feet
Elevation Change:
1650 feet
Usage:
Heavy
Season:
Year Round

Description

This popular trail offers a number of features for both day hikes and backpackers. Large open meadows offer spectacular views of the asken stand to the west as well as panoramic view of the western range. Starting at Iron Gate Campground the trail climbs to the top of Hamilton Mesa in the firest one and-a-half miles. The trail proceeds along a ridge with the Pecos River basin to the west, and the Rio Mora and later the Rio Valdez to the east. The junction with Rociada Trail 250 is about one-half mile out the ridgeline. The Hamilton Mesa Trail continues to climb the ridge for another mile before coming out into the large open meadow which is the main attraction of Hamilton Mesa. From here there are excellent views of the western range including Santa Fe Baldy and Pecos Baldy.

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:
10 miles
Difficulty:
Easy
Intermediate
Time:
5 - 6 hours
Trailhead Elevation:
9350
Elevation Range:
9350 feet to 11000
Elevation Change:
1650
Usage:
Heavy
Season:
Year Round
Useful Map(s):
USGS: Elk Mountain, 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.

The one and-a-half miles at the northern end of the trail were re-routed in 1999. The trail does not drop down to the Pecos River at the northern end, but continues straight out Hamilton Mesa to a Junction with Gascon Trail 239.

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