Three of the Top-Rated Trails in New Mexico’s Pecos Wilderness

Based in Albuquerque, New Mexico, attorney Geoffrey Scovil has more than two decades of legal experience. He runs a private practice, protecting clients’ constitutional rights and representing them in criminal defenses cases. Beyond his professional endeavors, Geoffrey Scovil enjoys hiking in many of the state’s outdoor areas. His favorite destination is the Pecos Wilderness, which offers numerous trails of varying levels of difficulty.

The following are some of the highest-rated ventures:

1. Lake Katherine Trail
Arguably the most popular trail in the Pecos Wilderness, it culminates in picturesque Lake Katherine and takes hikers deep into the midst of the Santa Fe National Forest. The trail is dog-friendly and widely used for backpacking, hiking, and horseback riding with peak visitation during the summer season. Although the route itself is only 1.3 miles long, getting there can prove difficult, as the trailhead begins at Windsor Trail #254, which is moderately challenging.

2. Stewart Lake Trail
The 10- to-13-mile Stewart Lake Trail provides some of the most breathtaking views of the New Mexico mountain wilderness, encompassing over 200,000 acres of wildflower meadows, high peaks, and alpine lakes. Visitors can also expect to catch a glimpse of the area’s abundant wildlife. Appropriate for novice and veteran hikers, the route permits leashed dogs and is best traversed in the summer through early fall.

3. Cave Creek Trail
Cave Creek Trail is a roughly 6-mile trek that begins at the Panchuela Campground for hikers and the Cowles Trailhead for horseback riders. Rated as an easy-to-moderate hike, it features streams, wildflowers, and views of 13,000-foot glacier-sculpted mountain peaks. Dogs are welcome on leash, and the trail is open from late May to early November.

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