Climb from 9,000 feet to a glacial lake at 11,320’ sitting just below Pecos Baldy lake. This is one of the more popular lakes in the Pecos Wilderness and it can get rather crowded on a weekend, so you might plan a weekday trip to avoid the tents that inevitable dot the basin. From the lake you can see the southern part of Trail Riders Wall as it entices you to climb the Truchas peaks as a wonderful day trip. Some evenings the Big Horn sheep will dot the saddles just above the lake. Another good side trip is to climb up East Pecos Baldy above the lake to enjoy expansive views of the entire Pecos Wilderness. However, the weather can change fast at these altitudes and storms blowing in from the west can creep up on you as they blow hard over the saddle, so be aware and stay away from high open areas in thunderstorms. The lack of tall vegetation around the lake testifies to how harsh the environment can be. On a warm sunny day, though, it is a magical sparkling lake with sweeping green fields framing it. In early fall, Elk and deer may frequent the area near the large open camping area suggested just below the basin.
TO TRAILHEAD: Take Pecos/Glorieta exit from I25. Go E to town of Pecos. Turn N on HWY 63 and follow to Cowles. Continue north of Cowles about 2 miles to Jack's Creek CG. Locate TH opposite of kiosk.
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Enjoy panoramic views of the lake Kate basin to the west and Pecos Baldy to the North. To the East you can see the mountain range that Skyline Trail crosses as it begins it's loop around the Pecos - Eventually making it's way past Pecos Baldy.
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Leave the open meadows and start your climb through mixed conifer.
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Trail climbs away from meadow and gets muddy in several spots.
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The higher elevation brings a chill to the air. There are often thunderstorms that will pound this section of trail with hail and water will flow down the trail like a river.
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The trail opens up again in the high alpine meadows below PB lake. Do not camp in the lake basin to help avoid further impact to the fragile vegetation.
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Grouse on the trail
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Trail opens up in to high meadows
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Trail Junction with 25-257
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Pecos Baldy Range in the distance
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Lake Kate basin visible in the distance
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Follow 257 as it parallels the creek and climbs steadily under forest shade.
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