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Hermit's Peak, Santa Fe

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Hermit's Peak is a mountain in San Miguel County, in northern New Mexico, United States.The peak is named for the Italian religious recluse Giovanni Maria de Agostini, who lived in a cave on a narrow ledge on the southeast side of the mountain about one hundred feet below the summit rim. The cave could only be reached by descending from above. The cave roof was too low to allow Agostini to stand erect. To help shut out the elements and to protect himself from the sheer drop below, Agostini built a rock wall round the mouth of the cave. Agostini lived in the cave from August, 1863 to May, 1866. His cave became the subject of pilgrimage by some devout New Mexicans, during his life and for a number of years after his death.The Peak is in the Santa Fe National Forest, and the trail to the peak is maintained by the Pecos/Las Vegas Ranger District. The trail to the top is approximately four miles from the El Porvenir Campground.From El Porvenir, Hermit's Peak has rocky features that seem to form a man's face looking to the sky. Left to right, one sees a forehead, eye, nose, two lips, and a chin. The rugged trail to the top of the "nose" winds through the "eye." The view from the tip of the "nose" is said to include five states. There is a rock overhang known as "Hermit's Cave" on the "nose."LiteratureHermits Peak is the location for Michael McGarrity's suspense novel Hermit's Peak.
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  • Being near Hermit's Peak for 30 years, I've hiked it twice, with last week being the second time at 38 years old. This description is based on starting at the beginning of trail 223 beginning at the c...  more »
  • We enjoyed our hike here, but be warned, the trail is not well-marked. We went the wrong way twice and went pretty far both times, and because of that, we weren't able to summit (ran out of time). Sti...  more »
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  • Beautiful hike, can be challenging. It took me about 2 hours to get to the top. As you get to the top, the trail narrows and can be pretty tricky. Worth it if you have an afternoon at least to stay up top.
  • The hike up took about 3.5 hours for the group I was with. It could be done faster, but it definitely took longer than anticipated. Bring water. The view is amazing!

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