Topo Map Service Shuts Down

The service I was using for the topo maps has ceased operations. This is the second time this has happened during the life of my hiking blog! 😦

I will have to go back to using Google Maps. Unfortunately, Google does not offer a “topo map” option, so “Terrain” will have to do for now.

Map links will be updated as soon as possible.


Day Hike: Winsor Ridge Trail to Stewart Lake ~ Pecos Wilderness ~ Cowles, New Mexico USA

Friday, August 18, 2017

On Marty’s suggestion, we drove up to Cowles, New Mexico for a hike up to Stewart Lake in the Pecos Wilderness.  This was a hike of two extremes: The extreme beauty of the Winsor Ridge Trail going up… and the extreme mess along the Winsor Creek Trail coming down. Fortunately, the first extreme far outweighed the second extreme!! 🙂 Read more…

Day Hike: Canyon Estates Trailhead to Embudito Trailhead ~ Sandia Mountains ~ Albuquerque, New Mexico USA

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Okay, let me just come out and say it: This was a tough hike. It was long. It was hot. It was dry. There was a lot of climbing. We are old. Oh, and we ran out of water about 1/2 mile from the finish line. Other than that… what a great hike!!! 🙂

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Day Hike: Winsor Trail to Raven’s Ridge and Deception Peak ~ Santa Fe National Forest ~ Santa Fe, New Mexico USA

Friday, June 16, 2017

Given the elevation of Deception Peak (12,343 feet), we were a little concerned that, in mid-June, we would run into snow and ice as we approached the higher elevations. Just to be safe, we packed our micro-spikes.  We did encounter some remaining snow above 11,000 feet, but it was minimal. So we didn’t need our spikes, and the snow just added to the beauty of the area.

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Quick Pic: Stewart Lake ~ Pecos Wilderness ~ Cowles, New Mexico, USA

Got a pretty good pic of Marty and I at Stewart Lake on this past Friday’s hike (Elevation: 10,300 Feet). Read more…

Day Hike: 10K / Ellis / South Crest Loop (Part 2) ~ Sandia Mountains ~ Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA

Friday, June 9, 2017

After being forced to bail out of this hike a week ago, due to storm clouds and thunder, we came back out to the 10K Trailhead today to finish our loop hike. The day’s weather was in complete cooperation with our hiking plans, but signage and lack of signage would present some unexpected challenges! 🙂 Read more…

Day Hike: 10K / Ellis / South Crest Loop (Part 1) ~ Sandia Mountains ~ Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA

Friday, June 2, 2017

Our plan was to hike this 11.1 mile loop in one day. Unfortunately, due to building storm clouds and thunder at the crest, for safety reasons, we cut the hike short at the Ellis Trailhead and took the Challenge Trail back down to the 10K Trailhead. It turned out to be a good move on our part because about two hours later, the rain was coming down pretty good. We came back the following Friday and finished the loop. Read more…