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Eagle Peak

 
Eagle Peak

Page Type: Mountain/Rock

Location: New Mexico, United States, North America

Lat/Lon: 33.67700°N / 108.576°W

Object Title: Eagle Peak

County: Catron

Activities: Hiking

Season: Summer

Elevation: 9786 ft / 2983 m

 

Page By: surgent

Created/Edited: May 11, 2006 / May 27, 2010

Object ID: 193346

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Overview

(Page re-adopted, May 2010)

Eagle Peak is the highest point of the Tularosa Mountains located in Catron County in far-western New Mexico. A lookout tower sits atop the bare summit, which is surrounded by mature stands of large ponderosa pine, and in other areas, large stands of burnt-out trees from a large fire in the late 1990s.

Because of the lookout tower, a pretty good dirt road leads all the way to the summit. With a good vehicle, a drive to the top is possible, but there are plenty of pull-outs along the way in case you want to make a short hike to the peak. The forest roads are pretty good for most vehicles (high clearance would be advised). Only the final couple of miles would require 4-wheel drive.

This is a remote, unpopulated region of New Mexico. Catron County is the second-largest county in area in the state, but counts barely 3,000 people. The largest towns are Luna and Reserve, both with about 500 people. Reserve is a neat little place with lodging and some basic cafes. Hunting is very popular in the region, especially in Fall.

Eagle Peak
The lookout tower atop Eagle Peak

Getting There

From the small town of Reserve, drive north on NM Highway 12 for about two miles to the marked turnoff for the Eagle Peak Lookout. This is Forest Road 233. At first FR-233 passes through some private property with spectacular scenery. There is a small creek ford along the way but it should not pose a problem.

The road gains onto a forested bench for a few miles. You could camp in here. Finally, the road comes to a set of junctions. The way to the top is signed. Here, the road may get a bit rough. A good place for less-sturdy vehciles to park would be before the final junction. The walk up the road to the top would cover maybe 7 miles round trip.

Mountain Conditions

Contact the Reserve Ranger District at 505-533-6232 for the latest conditions.

Forest Map: Gila National Forest.
Topo Map: Eagle Peak.

Eagle Peak
Forest road views (by streeyyr)


Camping

There are several Forest Service campgrounds in the vicinity of Eagle Peak. Apache Creek is the closest.

Bush camping in the forest is also permitted. We saw a few places that had old fire rings. Try to re-use old camping spots if possible, and leave no trace, as usual.

External Links

Gila National Forest

New Mexico Prominence Map

Trip Report (surgent.net), May 2008)

Shadow the lookout dog

Eagle Peak NM
You may meet Shadow if you're lucky...

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My truck's odometer had the FR 233/38 junction at just over 12 miles from highway NM-12. We drove two more miles to a wide spot in the road at elevation 8,660 feet (odometer: 14.0). I hiked it from here - it couldn't have been more than two miles, using the section markings on the map to help gauge the mileages. My guess is the total o/w mileage to the top is 16, +/- a little bit. The road looked good all the way up. Passenger vehicles could make it to the 233/38 junction. High clearance for the rest. Stock trucks and SUVs should be fine. The last few turns would need to be made very slowly. I liked the hike! The lookout man told me of the 1995 burn and showed me the still-evident scars, as well as the new growth coming in.
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