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Valdez Trail No. 124

Contact Info
Pecos, NM 87552

Phone:
505-757-6121
Basics
Length:
9 miles
Difficulty:
Intermediate
Time:
6 - 7 hours
Trailhead Elevation:
9300 feet
Elevation Range:
9300 feet to 11800 feet
Elevation Change:
2500 feet
Usage:
Moderate to Heavy
Season:
Year Round

Description

This relatively easy trail takes off from Rociada Trail 250 at the junction of the Rio Valdez and Rio Mora in Mora Flats. The Valdez Trail offers one of the most gradual climbs to the top of the Santa Barbara Divide with the 2,500 foot climb being spread out evenly over the nine miles of trail. The trail follows the Rio Valdez, passing through mixed conifer forests and crossing the river many times in the first two miles. The canyon then broadens into open grassy meadows. At this point you will find the junction with Bob Grounds Trail 270. The Valdez Trail continues north along the riverbank at first and then moves up to a bench above the river. This section of trail climbs steeply through forest to the junction with the Gascon Trail 239. To continue on the Valdez Trail, go west a short distance on the Gascon Trail and then continue north through the timber, on the west bank of the river. The Valdez Trail continues up the river valley, occassionally becoming difficult to follow in the lush grassy meadows. This section of trail is usually muddy and boggy. Approximately one mile or less below the Santa Barbara Divide, the trail crosses the Rio Valdez, and then continues north, climbing up a steep eroded section of trail on the east side of the river. The trail ends at the Santa Barbara Divide at the intersection with Skyline Trail 251, Pecos River Trail 456, and North Fork Trail 269.

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:
9 miles
Difficulty:
Intermediate
Time:
6 - 7 hours
Trailhead Elevation:
9300
Elevation Range:
9300 feet to 11800
Elevation Change:
2500
Usage:
Moderate to Heavy
Season:
Year Round
Useful Map(s):
USGS: Pecos Falls, Elk Mountain
Additional Details:

This trail is in the Pecos Wilderness. Motorized equipment and mechanized transportation, including mountain bikes, hunter carts, and chainsaws are prohibited.

Campsites and campfires are not allowed within 50 feet of the river. The river can be deep during spring run-off and after heavy rain. Cross with care.

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