|Typically Open:||06/15 - 12/31|
|Highest Elevation:||11145 feet|
|Duration:||About 1 hour 15 minutes|
|Shape of Trail:||Connector|
|Best Direction to Travel:||N/A|
|Nearest Town:||Red River|
|Nearest Town w/ Services:||Red River|
|Official Road Name:||FR597,FR54K, FR54K1,FR54K4,FR54H|
|Management Agency:||Carson National Forest / Questa District|
Carson National Forest Questa District is currently under Stage 2 Fire Restrictions meaning no fires of any kind including smoking and spark arrestors on all vehicles Greenie Peak located in the Carson National Forest is the highest point of motorized travel in New Mexico at 11,145 feet. Upon reaching the peak you will have sweeping views of the Wheeler Peak Wilderness and also a bird's eye view of the Red River Ski Resort. For anyone touring the Enchanted Circle this high altitude adventure is a must.
Dirt road. Rutted, washes, or gulches. Water crossings up to 6" depth. Passable mud. Grades up to 10 degrees. Small rocks or holes. 4WD recommended but 2WD possible under good conditions and with adequate ground clearance and skill. No width problems for any normal vehicle. Vehicle passing spots frequently available if less than two vehicles wide.Read more about our rating system
At the trailhead, you will turn left and head uphill. The correct direction can be distinguished with a large 597 forest sign.
At the fork turn right and pass through the seasonal closure gates. This marks the beginning of FR54K
Turn right and head north west onto 54H. Although marked 54H this route will return to 54K1. There is an unmarked access to 54H but is not part of the official Greenie Peak route.
Stay to the right which is the downhill side of the trail. The trail marker is partially hidden by a pine tree, but has a green triangle to designate it as the correct trail to Greenie Peak.
Take the left uphill trail to continue on the Greenie Peak trail. This marker also has the green triangle designating the path. This is FR54K4.
At the junction, you will turn uphill to the left. This will take you east toward Greenie Peak. The junction is marked with a large wooden sign with directional signs to Mallette Creek Canyon, or Greenie Peak and Midnight Meadows. This is FR54H. If you choose to return from Greenie Peak on this trail it is important to remember that you came from the south side, if you continue straight down the west trail at this point it continues as FR54H and will eventually return you to the unmarked access mentioned earlier for the 54H Fork. That portion of 54H is more challenging than the official Greenie Peak route.
The trail will split and you will follow downhill to the left.
The Greenie Peak trail culminates at the overlook where you can view the Wheeler Peak Wilderness and the Red River Ski Resort. This will also put you at the highest motorized point in New Mexico.
Trailhead Coordinates: 36.726104, -105.398630