Devin and I climbed South Truchas on day 3 of a 4-day backpacking trip out of Rio Medio. Even though it was the 4th of July weekend, there was only one other guy and a friendly herd of bighorn sheep on the mountain. No weather, no crowds: Absolutely perfect day. My (and also Devin's) first 13er, too.
I did all three with Bill Herbert in 1998 , I think. We were both living in Las Vegas , New Mexico at the time.
I believe we started at the Rio Quemado, there was an acequia that we walked along for a few miles. Doing all three from there took 12 hours.
At one of the summits we could both feel electricity on our fingertips so we descended a valley we did not come up. It added a couple of hours to our hike.
Bill said it was the best day hike he had ever done.
Beautiful day until I approached the summit when the storms moved in. I was too close to the finish line to turn back after six hours of hiking. I donned the rain gear and made the summit as the storm passed by to the east.
the views around these mountains are amazing (i.e. Truchas Lakes, Trailriders Wall, Skyline Trail) I summitted Middle Truchas and Truchas Peaks in one morning as a part of a larger backpacking trip, the climb isnt too strenuous but the reward is great
These Truches Peaks must be climbed from the West
through the beautiful basin that sits below them.
Plan to camp in the basin...there are many virgin camp
sites and few if any people. I went over the top of
Middle Truches along the ridge to South Truches.
I've climbed all over the Western U.S. and this one is
one of the best.
A few years ago, for my 16th birthday a bunch of my friends and I backpacked up to right below Trailrider's Wall and then climbed the peak the next day. Long trip! Believe it was something like 23 miles in 2 days, but definitely worth it.
Wonderful hike. Started in pre-dawn at south trailhead and lugged packs to Pecos Baldy Lake, where we set up camp. Good weather prompted us to push for the summit the same day. Topped out at 3:30 pm (10 hours after starting, 12 miles o/w, nearly 5,000 feet of gain, including 90 minute break at Pecos Baldy Lake). Camped at Pecos Baldy Lake and hiked out the next morning.
Climbed with James Harrison of Albuquerque. We camped at the trailhead and headed for the summit at about 9:30. We reached the summit of West Truchas Peak at about 12:30 and decided not to proceed toward Truchas Peak as the skies were beginning to get rather ominous. We descended and spent the night in the alpine below and were rained on the entire time.