Along this trail you will capture views of Barbara Peak and Chimayosos Peak.
The trail climbs up a canyon on the east side of the middle fork drainage through an open meadow. From the top of the meadow the trail crosses to the west side of the drainage, passing through occasional tributaries flowing down the hillside. These river crossing may make traveling slow. Be sure to stay on the trail and do not cut switchbacks, which create erosion and damage to the surrounding landscape.
Near the base of the Divide the trail branches, with both rails appearing to be equally well traveled. Either trail will bring you to the top of the Santa Barbara Divide and will end at the same point along Skyline Trail 36. To the west is Barbara Peak and Chimayosos Peak. To the east, Trail 36 climbs to the top of a high ridge overlooking Rincon Bonito and continues to the northeast toward the Jicarita Peak Ridge. Trail 24 continues down the other side of the Divide toward Pecos Falls(4 miles).
This trail is the access for trails 19, 25, and 26 within the wilderness. It takes you 12 miles up the center of the Santa Barbara drainage to a point midway along the Divide and offers the most direct access to the Pecos Falls area from the north. The trail is well marked and easy to follow.
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