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Joe Vigil Trail No. 151

Contact Info
Santa Fe National Forest
1710 N. Riverside Drive
Española, NM 87532

Phone:
505-753-7331
Basics
Length:
1 mile
Difficulty:
Difficult
Time:
1 - 2 hours
Trailhead Elevation:
9600 feet
Elevation Range:
9600 feet to 11425 feet
Elevation Change:
1825 feet
Usage:
Light
Season:
Summer to Fall

Description

Trail 351 leaves the Rio Medio Trail 155 and turns to the north, following the north fork of the Rio Medio upstream and to the northeast. After another mile and a half up the canyon, at a flat grassy plateau the junction with the Vigil Lake Trail 352 is encountered, which would take the visitor up to Vigil Lake, set in a high glacial cirque. Trail 351 continues east up the canyon, climbing steeply at times to a couple of small boggy lakes called the Twin Lakes, which sit just below Trailrider’s Wall. Trail 351 climbs up past the Twin Lakes and gains the top of the ridge, with Trailrider’s Wall to the south and the flanks of the Truchas Peaks to the north.

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:
1 mile
Difficulty:
Difficult
Time:
1 - 2 hours
Trailhead Elevation:
9600
Elevation Range:
9600 feet to 11425
Elevation Change:
1825
Usage:
Light
Season:
Summer to Fall
Useful Map(s):
USGS: Truchas Peak and Pecos Wilderness Map
Additional Details:

This is a very busy trail and is used primarily with Trail 170 to either create a short easy loop in the foothills, or to continue on Trail 170 to the summit of Atalaya Mountain.

it offers a larger parking area that can always accommodate vehicles, even when the smaller parking lot for Trail 170 is full. No horses allowed.

Map + Directions

Basic Directions

This trail is accessed from the Rio Medio Trail 155, and offers the most direct route from the western slope of the Pecos to the high country areas of Trailrider’s Wall and the base of the Truchas Peaks. The Rio Medio Trail is reached by following State Highway 503 just north of the village of Cundiyo; turn east on Forest Road 306 and follow it 9 miles to Forest Road 435 and the Borrego Mesa Campground. The Rio Medio Trailhead begins just beyond and above the campground, and is shown as Trailhead 6 on the 2003 Pecos Wilderness Map. Follow the Rio Medio Trail about 7 miles upstream, past the Capulin Trail 158 junction, to the junction with the Joe Vigil Trail 351.


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