Strenuous hike to Pecos Baldy Lake

Hike to Pecos Baldy
Strenuous hike to Pecos Baldy Lake, with optional summit of East Pecos Baldy.
Early start from Eldorado, long day, 16 miles, plus another mile to summit, 2600 or 3800-foot gain.  Limit 8, 2 dogs.
Contact Dag Ryen at 466-4063 by July 21. Date: Sunday July 26th, 2015
Time: 3AM
Presented by: Rio Grande Chapter
Leader: Mr. Dag Ryan
Level: Strenuous See our Event Page for our full calendar of upcoming events. Featured photo by JustTooLazy ...
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Photo of a plastic bag as trash for the Sierra Club Rio Grande Chapter website
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Nambé Lake in the Pecos
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