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- Distance: 12.0
Location: 36.0696678161621, -105.61156463623
A note about native fish is posted next to the Pecos Wilderness sign.
Location: 36.065788269043, -105.612396240234
All three forks of the Rio Santa Barbara combine to form this river.
MF – WF Junction
Location: 36.0574722290039, -105.614891052246
Trail junction sign.
MF – EF Junction
Location: 36.0300331115723, -105.573173522949
This area is a gateway to the Pecos. ©Bill Velasquez
Location: 36.0887489318848, -105.610397338867
Head S from car on campground road to official trailhead
Location: 36.0846786499023, -105.609397888184
Gate marks trailhead; continue S along Rio Santa Barbara toward a rock-chiseled divide of the same name
Location: 36.0697402954102, -105.611602783203
Cross into Pecos Wilderness, 223,000 acres known for first-rate fishing and lightning-struck peaks
Location: 36.065860748291, -105.612297058105
Cross footbridge; steep, craggy cliffs to W
Location: 36.0574684143066, -105.614898681641
Keep L, heading upstream along the Middle Fork through aspen groves; mountain views, including Chimayosos Peak, to S
Location: 36.0515289306641, -105.609832763672
Climb switchbacks; Trampas Peak to W; bighorn sheep and black bears roam these wildlands
Location: 36.0435485839844, -105.59056854248
Keep SE; mostly flat riverside stretch
Location: 36.0301399230957, -105.573303222656
River forks again. In grassy meadow (watch for brown trail signs), swing S down steep slope, cross creek, and continue along the Middle Fork
Location: 36.0162315368652, -105.576301574707
Trail breaks out of dense forest to unfold panoramic views of surrounding rocky ridges. Good lunch spot and turnaround point. Spurts of rain showers in the afternoon often mean rainbows (keep camera handy)