Looking west from Las Vegas National Wildlife Refuge
|Elevation||10,263 ft (3,128 m)|
|Location||San Miguel County, New Mexico, U.S.|
|Range||Sangre de Cristo Mountains|
|Topo map||El Porvenir, Rociada|
|Easiest route||9.5 mile trail from El Porvenir Trailhead|
The peak is named for the Italian religious recluse John Augustiani, who lived there in a cave he had dug into the earth around the time of the U.S. Civil War. 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 Peak's rocky features 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."
Hermit's Peak is the location for Michael McGarrity's suspense novel Hermit's Peak.
- "The Las Vegas Hot Springs," Harpers Weekly, June 28, 1890
Hermit's Peak - 10,212 ft elevation (not correct, but it's a movie) - was used in the movie "Red Dawn" (1984) @ about 35minutes into the Blu-ray edition. The Russians came to the top of the mountain to take their picture and explore a bit. The picture is taken next to a national park sign that reads: ARAPAHO NATIONAL FOREST Founded by President Theodore Roosevelt under the Forest Service Act of 1905 The Forest Comprises 40,000 Acres of virgin timber One of the largest stands of blue spruce in the American West Park Camping Facilities closed in winter Camping in designated areas only Permits required beyond five days Highest Point Hermit's Peak 10,212FT Movie frame still shot for Hermit's Peak - from the movie "Red Dawn" 1984. Coordinates:
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