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Skyline Trail No. 151 - Part 5

Contact Info
Pecos, NM 87552

Phone:
505-757-6121
Basics
Length:
10 miles
Difficulty:
Intermediate
Time:
6 - 7 hours
Trailhead Elevation:
9900 feet
Elevation Range:
9900 feet to 11659 feet
Elevation Change:
1759 feet
Usage:
Light
Season:
Year Round

Description

From Elk Mountain, the trail enters the recently burned forest on the south facing slope and soon parallels a fence. The trail follows the fence line for a considerable distance straight down the slope. This section of trail is not passable for horses or bicyclists and footing is difficult for hikers. At the bottom of the slope the trail joins a road and follows it to the south for a short distance before veering off to the left along the fence line

There is one meadow where it may be difficult to follow. Otherwise the trail is entirely in the forest. The trail brieflt becomes quite narrow crosses a dirt road (Forest Road 92). In this stretch it goes up, down and around a series of small hills. A signed junction for the Na-na-ka Trail 217 is found at Bull Creek Saddle. Continuing south, the narrower trail climbs steeply from this saddle and then goes up and down a series of knobs. The forest is more open in this section and it is easy to wander off the trail.

The trail continues to climb at a very gradual incline to the junction with the trail from the Valle del Toro. Recently widened as a result of the fire, this now looks more like a road. To drop down through the Valle del Toro to Bull Creek and Forest Road 86 turn right (west). To continue on this trail, bear to the left. The trail, very wide in some sections, continues to follow the divide to the south, passing through forest and some meadow. As you get closer to Black Mountain, it passes through some small clearings with exposed soils and very few trees. As the trail starts the final climb up a small hill to Black Mountain the tread becomes more obscure. At the top of the climb the trail bears left and goes through thick forest to emerge in about one mile at the Black Mountain Road (Forest Road 203).

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:
Intermediate
Time:
6 - 7 hours
Trailhead Elevation:
9900
Elevation Range:
9900 feet to 11659
Elevation Change:
1759
Usage:
Light
Season:
Year Round
Useful Map(s):
USGS: Elk Mountain, Honey Boy Ranch
Additional Details:

Conditions on this trail are highly variable. Some sections are narrow, steep, and difficult to follow and others are easily-accessible.

This is a high elevation trail and water is difficult to find along the trail.

Sections of this trail pass through area burned by the Viveash Fire of 2000.

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