Cooks (or Cookes) Peak towers above the southwestern New Mexico desert in splendid isolation, forming a landmark visible for many miles. The granite peak makes a distinctive rocky crag reminiscent of the Matterhorn. A series of low foothills connects the Cooks Range with the larger Black Range to the north. For centuries, the Apaches used the peak as a lookout. This hike initially follows an old road, but then climbs cross-country to the summit. The route is steep and strenuous and requires some scrambling up bare rock. Only expert hikers in good condition should attempt it. Except right after heavy snows, this hike can be done any time of year.
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Trail Statistics & Information
|Elevation Gain||3,028 ft|
|Season||Spring and fall|
|Trailhead Elevation||5,380 ft|
|Top Elevation||8,408 ft|
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