Jicarita Peak is located just inside the Pecos Wilderness boundary in the Carson National Forest near Tres Ritos, NM. The Pecos Wilderness Area provides a wonderful experience backpacking or hiking.
A hike to Jicarita provides a most impressive view of the Truchas Peaks and also Trampas Peak.
This is a great peak for beginners, though you must still be in good condition and always stay alert for altitude sickness if you live at lower elevations.
[img:60291:alignleft:small:]Jicarita Peak can be accessed via NM Highway 518 between Tres Ritos, NM and Holman, NM. Take Forest Trail 161to the Alamitos Trailhead from Highway 518. The turnoff for 161 is 7.9 miles from the Holman, NM post office, and 5.8 miles from the Tres Ritos Lodge and Cabins. This road is in very good condition, the ruts and washouts are usally plowed and it is maintained very nicely. Take this road until it dead-ends at a turn-around. Park near this turn-around, but please park so that other users can still utilize the turn-around (during hunting season lots of horseback riders need to turn their trailers around here). The Alamitos Trailhead is just across the stream and about 1/4 mile down the gravel road.
Jicarita Peak is located in the Pecos Wilderness area in the Camino Real Ranger District. There are no fees for camping, hiking, or climbing. No motorized vehicles, bicycles, or off-road vehicles are permitted into the wilderness area.
Jicarita Peak can be climbed easily from May to November. Snow can and usually does occur into early June. July and August are rainy seasons, if you plan on hiking during these months plan for an early summit. Always be prepared for mountain storms no matter what time of the year you hike.
There are no fees for camping, hiking, or climbing. Always check for fire restrictions in the Carson National Forest and the Pecos Wilderness before leaving for Jicarita.
Here is the weather report for Holman, NM. Holman is located on NM state highway 518 about 15 miles southeast of Jicarita Peak. Make note that Holman, NM is approximately 5000 feet in elevation below Jicarita Peak, so the weather at Jicarita will vary greatly from that in Holman, NM, especially in the winter. I have driven past Jicarita in winter blizzard conditions (-25F wind chill) to Holman were I was suprised to find that it was sunny and much warmer (approx. 40F).
This link is to a NOAA weather station on Gallegos Peak, about 7 miles northwest of Jicarita at 9800 ft. This should give you a little better idea of what the weather on Jicarita Peak is like.
Try to summit by 11:30 am, before thunderstorms begin to build.
You can also contact the Camino Real Ranger District at:
Camino Real Ranger District
P.O. Box 68
Penasco, NM 87553