August 31, 2019

The Trampas Trailhead is the same one you use to get to Trampas Lakes. We took the obscure but signed Trail 100 directly North and walked it a short way before leaving it and turning South, crossing a creek drainage before starting uphill. I would not go that way again. Going up the Trampas Lakes Trail about 50  feet from the start and then turning uphill is a better way and cuts half a mile from the route.

You are now climbing and it is relentless from here on out. You gain a central ridge and stay there. A faint use trail is seen part of the way but this is a cross country route.  It’s easy to stay on track because drainages drop off steeply on both sides. You eventually top out on this ridge and reach the Pecos Wilderness border. Turning left, you’ll see signs from time to time even though very few people go here. Stay on this ridge. Views of Jicarilla Peak and the Trampas Lakes cirque will guide you. You’ll descend a little bit and climb up again on this section of the route. The most deadfall is found here but the bushwhacking is easily manageable throughout the hike with easier terrain than named and signed trails I have used. The difficulty is in the steepness and the unrelenting climb.

Soon Trampas Peak comes into view. There are trees, rare bristlecone pines, that reach a few feet from the summit where you are finally above timberline. The summit is marked by a cairn with a pole. A  trail register is there.  Retrace your route back to the trailhead.

Statistics: 6.88 miles, 3553 feet total ascent, maximum slope 44%, average slope, 19%. Hike time 6 hours and 10 minutes. Hiked by Alan Shapiro and SK Lund

SK Lund

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