Ascent of Truchas Peak in 1970

Climber: Phil Robinson

Others in Party:Boy Scout Troop 166
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Truchas Peak
    Location:USA-New Mexico
    Elevation:13102 ft / 3993 m

Ascent Trip Report

The hike to Santa Barbara Peak, then over to Truchas Peak, is one of my favorite hikes in NM. I have made this trip 5 times. The first time I hiked this loop was in Boy Scouts in 1970 and the last time in 1992 with my 2 sons Garret and Brandon. We park in the Santa Barbara camping area and hike up the East Fork of the Santa Barbara. We hike half way up the fork, and set up camp for the first night, then stay at the very end of the box canyon, at timberline, the second night. (In college, I did this section in one day and my friend was snaking over logs at the end of the East Fork.) Day 3 we hike up Santa Barbara Peak in full backpack. When I did this with my 10 and 12 year old sons, I had an 85 pound backpack. Quite a chug! To me, this is one of the most beautiful days of hiking you can ever find, a day along Skyline Ridge! The vistas are incredible! All you see is nature. The third night we set up base camp near Truchas Lake, then the next day scramble up, at times on all fours, to Truchas Peak. The 5th day we hike out by way of the West Fork of the Santa Barbara. The total hike is 32 miles with a backpack, plus the day hike to Truchas Peak.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:3582 ft / 1090 m
    Distance:50 mi / 80.5 km
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Open Country, Scramble
    Gear Used:
Tent Camp
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:1502 ft / 457 m
    Extra Loss:1025 ft / 312 m
    Distance:22 mi / 35.4 km
    Route:Santa Barbara Campground up the East Fork River
    Trailhead:Santa Barbara Peak  12625 ft / 3848 m
Descent Statistics
    Extra Gain:2080 ft / 633 m
    Distance:28 mi / 45.1 km
    Route:West Fork of the Santa Barbara River
Ascent Part of Trip: Santa Barbara Campground Base #1 (8 nights total away from roads)

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Santa Barbara Peak1970 a
2Truchas Peak1970 b

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