Expeditions: Ravens Ridge --
Rio Santa Barbara --
Pecos Wilderness (Hamilton Mesa) --
Rio Chama --
DayHike in the Pecos Wilderness:
The trail to Hamilton Mesa, October 14, 1995
Expedition photographer David Giltrow
From Iron Gate campground the trail heads up through the forest.
Looking across the valley of Rio Mora towards the Bordo del Medio.
After about an hour of climbing, the trail pops out of the woods. The
librarians take a breather (Peggy Medina Giltrow, Reference Librarian, New
Mexico State Library; and Miriam Bobkoff, reference department, Santa Fe
In iris season, say mid-June, this is the most beautiful place in the
world. Not too shabby right now at the end of aspen season in an
amazingly warm October, either. Barely visible on left skyline, Pecos
Baldy and East Pecos Baldy. Center right skyline, the Truchas Peaks,
with crumbs of snow left from a September storm. Aspens still
golden. Elevation approximately 10,000'. Librarians at far right.
As far as we got: the intersection with the trail to Beattys Flats. From
here it's 4.25 miles back south to Iron Gate where we began. Four miles
further north to Pecos Falls, or keep on 16 or so miles over Santa
Barbara Divide to come out on the north side of the Wilderness, at Santa
Barbara campground, up behind Penasco.
Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA