None of us had ever been into the San Pedro Parks Wilderness area from the south. This is the trailhead for the San Gregorio Reservoir
Nature's energy food. And there was plenty of it too.
We started hiking right around 8:00am. We hiked the first half of the outing and then ran at an easy pace on the return.
48 degrees at the start. Chilly.
One mile and we're at the reservoir
Thar she blows.
Some dudes with horses across the reservoir
Loads of low angle single track define this area
Nicely signed intersections for the most part
A huge set of downed trees make for adult jungle gym action
Pretty gorgeous meadows. Often they were very boggy and it was mandatory feet wetting many times.
The upper end of the Rio de Las Vacas. Unfortunately, the river is very aptly named. Shit loads of shit all over was the only detractor on this outing.
The official Vacas Trail but we spotted many vaca trails
Nova cooling off. This was a big day for an old lady.
Pretty damn scenic and very runnable. Eventually we partook.
On the CDT NM
Following posts and faint trail towards the area highpoint, San Pedro Peak, 10,500+
The summit was a bit of a let down
Unique angle of Redondito and Redondo
Group summit shot
We wanted to make it a loop and caught the Penas Negra trail on the return. We totally lost the trail in this marshy bog
Hey fellas, I'm pretty sure I've found it. I think. This was it.
Alright time to open it up a bit and run
Bill's map of the area had marked the trails a bit incorrectly but we figured it out and caught the Perchas trail from here.
The source of poop
Very runnable terrain down along the Perchas Creek
Perchas Creek near our next intersection with the Damian Trail
The Damian Trail took us back to the Rio de Las Vacas trail
Oddly this cairn was specifically called out on the map as "Rock Cairin" with a big X.
More faint trail. You'd better be on your navigation game in this wilderness
Starting the one "big" climb of the day from the Rio de Las Vacas up to the ridge and back to our original trail to the reservoir
Seriously? That's some shitty Leave No Trace ethics there. We guessed these backpackers, whom we'd seen earlier in the day, had forgotten their trash bag and an animal tore into it
We cleaned it up and packed it out
Back at the TH. 5:51 and 19 miles with a whopping 1,800' gain. I'm certain I've never gone 19 miles with only 1,800' gain. Pretty cool.