My Hike of Nacimiento Peak
It's rare that I quote other websites, but this is a case where the
author on www.SummitPost.org described the peak perfectly.
"Nacimiento Peak is a relatively small nub on the flat, upraised block of mountain in the northwest
portion of the Jemez Mountains. Like the hump of a whale, these mountains gently rise nearly 3,000 feet
above the town of Cuba and are completely below tree line. Nestled against the peak is the wonderful highland country
of San Pedro Parks Wilderness. At nearly 10,000 feet, this area receives plenty of rain and thus, is strewn with tremendous amounts
of fantastically green meadows and forest.
The only route offers a mere 600 feet of elevation gain over roughly
a mile through tons of downed trees and forest vegetation. It sounds worthless,
but like so many jewels in New Mexico, it can easily be underestimated." -SummitPost.org
Directions: In Cuba, travel east on Highway 126 into the mountains for ten miles. Just past
Senorita Divide, make a left on Forest Road 70.
This reasonably well-graded dirt road heads north. Continue for 2-3 miles to a trailhead that you can't miss.
Ignore the trail which leads to a lake and walk north a short distance on the road.
Nacimiento Peak is the hill about one mile ahead. Hop the wooden fence and go.
An image of Nacimiento Peak from Highway 550 near Cuba.
Hiking write-up by Steve Garufi in Albuquerque, New Mexico.