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Pecos Baldy

Pecos Baldy

Page Type: Mountain/Rock

Location: New Mexico, United States, North America

Lat/Lon: 35.90890°N / 105.6662°W

Object Title: Pecos Baldy

Activities: Hiking, Scrambling, Skiing

Season: Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Elevation: 12500 ft / 3810 m


Page By: strudolyubov

Created/Edited: Apr 10, 2011 / Nov 13, 2011

Object ID: 709224

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At 12,500 feet, Pecos Baldy is New Mexico's 31st highest peak and one of the highest summits in Pecos Wilderness. It is located 0.8 miles southwest of its slightly higher parent peak, East Pecos Baldy. Though Pecos Baldy is soft ranked, only rising 280 feet above its highest saddle, its stature is never in question. When viewed from south or north, Pecos Baldy appears larger and higher than East Pecos Baldy.

Pecos Baldy from Jacks Creek Trail
Pecos Baldy from Jacks Creek Trail
Pecos, view from Truchas Peak
Pecos Baldy Peaks from Truchas Peak
Pecos Baldy and UN 12,380
Pecos Baldy from East Pecos Baldy
Pecos Baldy summit, view north
Pecos Baldy summit, view north

Route Information

There is no direct trail access to the summit, but it can be reached either by ridge traverse from East Pecos Baldy or by ascending southern slopes from Skyline Trail (Trail #251).

Ridge Traverse from East Pecos Baldy:

Total Distance from Jacks Creek TH: 15 mi RT
Elevation Gain: 4,200 feet RT

The traverse from East Pecos Baldy provides the most expedient way to climb Pecos Baldy. The approach route and trailhead information for East Pecos Baldy can be found here.

The entire length of the connecting ridge between East Pecos Baldy and Pecos Baldy is 0.8 miles (1.6 mi/RT) with roughly 400 feet of elevation gain (800 feet/RT). The initial section of the ridge going over the summit of UN 12,380 is easy walking (Class 1), while the rest of the traverse is Class 2. There is a couple of rocky more exposed sections roughly half-way between UN 12,380 and Pecos Baldy summit, but they can be easily bypassed by traversing below on the south side of the ridge.

East Pecos Baldy/Pecos Baldy  Map
Pecos Baldy area map
Pecos Baldy from South Slopes of East Pecos Baldy
The overview of the traverse from East Pecos Baldy
Looking back at rocky section of the ridge
Looking back at rocky section of the ridge
Steeper rocky section of the ridge
The steeper rocky section below the summit of Pecos Baldy

Red Tape

The summit of Pecos Baldy and access routes are located in Pecos Wilderness. Wilderness regulations apply. No permits are required for both day-hikes and overnight backpack trips. Camping is not permitted in the Pecos Baldy Lake basin. For more information, contact Santa Fe National Forest (505-438-5300)

When to Climb

Mid-June through October is considered the best time to climb. July-August are the typical monsoon season, with regular afternoon thunderstorms. Plan your day accordingly to be off the exposed slopes and ridges and below the treeline before noon. Winter/early spring ascents are possible, but the long approach makes it a VERY long day or requires an overnight backpack. Bring your snowshoes or skis and be aware of current avalanche conditions.

Miscellaneous Info

Pecos Wilderness map (published by the US Forest Service)

USGS Map Quads: Cowles and Truchas Peak

Santa Fe National Forest webpage

Pecos Wilderness webpage


Pecos Baldy from South Slopes of East Pecos BaldyPecos, view from Truchas PeakBaldy Ridge TraversePecos Baldy and UN 12,380Looking back at rocky section of the ridgePhoto of Truchas group taken...East Pecos Baldy
Approaching the summit of Pecos BaldyPecos Baldy from Jacks Creek TrailPecos Baldy summit, view northSteeper rocky section of the ridgeBaldy Ridge Traverse