Start: Trampas TH Trailhead access: NM Hwy 76 and Forest Service Road 207, the trailhead is at the end of the road. Total distance (RT): ~13.6 mi Total elevation gain: ~4,900 ft Route: Trampas TH - Trampas Trail (Trail #31) - Trampas Lakes (5.8 mi) - UN 12,900 (6.3 mi) - North Truchas Peak (6.8 mi)
Access Gully to UN 12,900 summit
Connecting ridge between "Sheepshead" Peak (UN 12,696) and UN 12,900 as seen from above Trampas Lakes. The grassy gully on the left provides a convenient way to gain the ridge.
Inside the access gully.
Looking down the access gully toward Trampas Lakes.
Standing on the ridge after climbing out of the gully. View NW toward "Sheepshead" Peak (UN 12,696).
Looking down Las Trampas Valley. The approach to the ridge starts between the lakes.
Middle (center) and Medio (left) Truchas Peaks as seen on the approach to the summit of UN 12,900
Typical conditions on the ridge halfway to the summit of UN 12,900. View NW toward "Sheepshead" Peak (UN 12,696)
Summit of UN 12,900, view northwest.
Summit of UN 12,900, view along the northeast ridge.
Summit of UN 12,900, view along the connecting ridge to North Truchas Peak.
UN 12,900 to North Truchas Peak: the Headwall
Typical conditions on the Northwest Ridge of North Truchas Peak, halfway from UN 12,900
The main headwall just before the summit of North Truchas. The wall is pretty high (~60 ft) and offers multiple Class 3-4 lines on the left starting behind a small red tower. For a more detailed description of the headwall look here
The Headwall: shown in red is one of the climbing lines (some other feasible lines can be found nearby). It involves a couple of Class 4 moves and some exposure
The Headwall: a close-up view from the base
North Truchas Peak
North Truchas: summit view southwest. Medio Truchas Peak is seen in the center, Middle Truchas is on the right and South Truchas is on the left
Rio Quemado Valley as seen from the summit of North Truchas Peak