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Northeast Ridge of "Medio" Truchas Peak
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Northeast Ridge of "Medio" Truchas Peak

 
Northeast Ridge of "Medio" Truchas Peak

Page Type: Route

Location: New Mexico, United States, North America

Object Title: Northeast Ridge of "Medio" Truchas Peak

Route Type: Hiking, Mountaineering, Scrambling

Season: Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Time Required: Half a day

Difficulty: Class 2 with short Class 3 section

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Page By: strudolyubov

Created/Edited: Nov 16, 2011 / Nov 17, 2011

Object ID: 760415

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Route Description

Route Start: "Medio" Truchas Peak summit (13,060 ft.) or Lower saddle between North and "Medio" Truchas Peaks (~12,400 ft.)
Distance/Elev. Gain(Saddle-"Medio" Truchas Peak summit): 0.6 mi/700 ft.

The Northeast Ridge of "Medio" Truchas Peak provides expedient way to climb "Medio"/Middle Truchas Peaks and South Truchas Peak from the upper Rio Quemado Basin or Truchas Lakes area. The upper Rio Quemado Basin can be approached from Rio Quemado Trailhead via Rio Quemado Trail (Trail #153). Truchas Lakes area can be approached from the upper Pecos River Valley trailheads via Skyline Trail (Trail #251), Beatty's Trail (Trail #25) or Jack's Creek Trail (Trail #257) or from Santa Barbara Trailhead via Trails #24/#25.

North Truchas Peak from Medio Truchas
NE Ridge Route from below the summit of "Medio" Truchas Peak
South, Medio and Middle Truchas Peaks from North Truchas Peak
NE Ridge Route from North Truchas Peak


The route description here is from south to north ("Medio" Truchas summit-to-saddle). From the summit of "Medio" Truchas descend several hundred feet on the Class 2 terrain to the deep notch in the ridge. Scramble down into and out of the notch requires occasional Class 3 moves on a reasonably solid rock with some exposure. After the notch, its Class 2 terrain all the way to the "Medio"-North Truchas Saddle at 12,400 ft.

The "Medio"-North Truchas Saddle can be approached from the upper Rio Quemado Basin (west) or Truchas Lakes Basin (east) via parts of the Rio Quemado Trail (Trail #153) ascending the scree and talus slopes on the eastern and western sides of the ridge.

Descending the upper part of NE ridge
Descending the upper part of NE ridge
Approaching the notch in the NE Ridge
Approaching the notch in the NE Ridge
The closeup view of the northern side of the notch
The closeup view of the northern side of the notch
Scrambling inside the notch
Scrambling inside the notch
Medio and Middle Truchas Peaks
Medio and Middle Truchas Peaks from the notch


The lower NE Ridge
The lower NE Ridge
Traversing the lower NE Ridge
Traversing the lower NE Ridge
The north side of Middle Truchas Peak
"Medio"-North Truchas Saddle, view west

Traverse to Middle and South Truchas Peaks

The summit of Middle Truchas is just a short 0.4 mile hike from the summit of "Medio" Truchas Peak with ~100 ft. of elevation gain. The summit of South Truchas is another 0.6 miles/300 vertical feet away from the top of "Medio" Truchas.

When to Climb

June through October is considered the best time to climb. Late July-August are the typical monsoon season, with regular afternoon thunderstorms. Winter ascents are possible, but avalanche conditions could be extreme and the approach may require an overnight or multi-day backpack.

Images

North Truchas Peak from Medio TruchasThe lower NE RidgeDescending the upper part of NE ridgeApproaching the notch in the NE RidgeTraversing the lower NE RidgeThe closeup view of the northern side of the notchScrambling inside the notch