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Santa Fe Baldy conditions

Postby Clark_Griswold » Thu Jan 02, 2014 2:31 am

Can anyone comment on the current conditions of the snow and or approach to Santa Fe Baldy? Is there boot track or ski track? I'm looking to snow shoe to the summit.
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Re: Santa Fe Baldy conditions

Postby Jarpup » Thu Jan 02, 2014 11:12 pm

Not sure about boot or ski tracks (I suspect boot tracks after the initial couple miles of the Winsor trail). There's a decent snow base (currently 37 inches next door at the ski basin), though the top of Baldy looked pretty wind blown and bare up high (flew over it a couple days ago).
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Re: Santa Fe Baldy conditions

Postby Clark_Griswold » Fri Jan 03, 2014 3:07 am

Thanks. Wind blown might not be what I'd like.
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Re: Santa Fe Baldy conditions

Postby jfrishmanIII » Fri Jan 03, 2014 4:09 am

Clark, I once snowshoed out the Windsor over VERY deep snow, and still found a wind-scoured ridge above treeline. Unless you catch it right after a storm, that's usually how it goes. If you want, I can give you a visual evaluation from town in a couple days, I'm hitting the road for a visit tomorrow.
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Re: Santa Fe Baldy conditions

Postby Clark_Griswold » Sat Jan 04, 2014 3:35 am

Sure, that would be great. What ever you want to post. I used to snowshoe Humphrey's Peak in Flagstaff, but it generally is covered pretty well. Wind tends to deposit a nice layer on some aspects and makes it nice to hike.
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Re: Santa Fe Baldy conditions

Postby jfrishmanIII » Mon Jan 06, 2014 10:06 pm

Well, from town it looks like Baldy is largely bare, though with a big streak of snow somewhere along the south ridge from Puerto Nambe area. So I suppose there might conceivably be some possibility of showshoeing close to the summit. However, I'd be kind of amazed if that snow streak isn't wind-blown and rock hard.
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Re: Santa Fe Baldy conditions

Postby Clark_Griswold » Sun Mar 23, 2014 4:48 pm

Recognizing that there are still 3 feet of snow and over 6 inches of liquid at the snotel site on Sante Fe Baldy,
http://www.wcc.nrcs.usda.gov/nwcc/site? ... 2&state=nm
I come to speculate over conditions in the next few months.

Granted much can change, but this late in a drier season, a big snow is not likely. My assumption, is that there is a high probability of the area and trail be largely melted out by earlier May, if there is traffic on the trail. If not, well, I can probably wait to June.
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Re: Santa Fe Baldy conditions

Postby swbackcountry » Sun Mar 23, 2014 5:23 pm

Clark, you're right. The start of the trail is snow free. I skied up there yesterday, the snow is becoming spring-like: crusty on top, bottomless sugar beneath. Hikers are postholing a trail for you now, several were up there yesterday and friday, and theirs (and others) tracks should firm up over the next few weeks. A boot pack exists nearly to the ridge. Just keep an eye out for warm temps, and you could, likely, hike early in the day on supportable crust. Give it a few weeks to consolidate along the trail. But know that locals are heading up there nearly daily, packing out the trail for you.
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Re: Santa Fe Baldy conditions

Postby Clark_Griswold » Fri Mar 28, 2014 3:12 pm

Ah, then perhaps, the route will be ready in a month or so. I was surprised to look on-line and see a number of reports and photos of people hiking it in early May during previous dry years.
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Re: Santa Fe Baldy conditions

Postby slower-poke » Sat Apr 19, 2014 2:58 pm

Does anyone know that conditions on the mountain now? Snow last night? I'm thinking of a hike up for Easter.
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Re: Santa Fe Baldy conditions

Postby jdzaharia » Tue Apr 22, 2014 4:59 pm

I also wouldn't mind hearing a conditions update if anybody could provide one.

Santa Fe Baldy, or other peaks in the Pecos Wilderness.
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Re: Santa Fe Baldy conditions

Postby Clark_Griswold » Sun Apr 27, 2014 3:05 pm

Edited: Planned to hike Baldy, but the storm on May 11 forced me to cancel.
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