Day Hike: Tunnel Spring ~ Sandia Mountains ~ Placitas, New Mexico, USA

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Small group hike today with members of the ASCHG to do the Tunnel Spring Hike up near Placitas. This hike starts at the northern entrance to the Crest Trail (#130). There is a spring called Tunnel Spring and, according to the map, not too far from the trail head. Towards the end of the hike, we did pass some seepage which might have originated from a spring, but whether that spring was THE spring, and whether it has tunnel-like characteristics, is anybody’s guess.

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Day Hike: Off Trail Near Lower South Ridge of Waterfall Canyon ~ Sandia Mountains ~ Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA

Friday, April 10, 2015

Did an off-trail hike this morning with Marty, my hiking buddy. We had originally planned on starting out from the La Luz Trail Head and then hiking up the north ridge of Chimney Canyon, then crossover and hike down the south ridge of Waterfall Canyon to the South Piedra Lisa Trail. However, once we got to the trail head, we decided that might be a bit much for our first off-trail experience, so we decided to do something a little shorter just to get our feet wet.

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Day Hike: Pine Shadow ~ Manzano Mountains ~ Belen, New Mexico, USA

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Went on a group hike today, all the way down to the southern end of the Manzano Mountains to hike the Pine Shadow Trail (#170A), and it took almost two hours just to get to the trail head! The Pine Shadow Trail Head is the southern entry/exit point of the Manzano Mountains and leads up towards Manzano Peak and the Crest Trail (#170), although we did not venture that far today. Hey… we’re seniors!! ;-)

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Trail Condition: Old La Luz Trail ~ Sandia Mountains ~ Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA

Hiked the old trail again this morning.

Sections 1, 2, and 3 are all clear of snow/ice.

Section 4 is clear for the first 3/4 of the way, then some snow, packed snow, but almost no ice. For the most part, I was able to walk along the edges of the packed snow for most of the way, but decided to put on my spikes for the last 1/10th. of a mile or so. A couple of other hikers did the whole section without spikes. Yaks would work on this packed snow. Should be all clear in another week or so.

The main La Luz Trail is all clear up to The Five.

The Five is clear of snow/ice up to the rock slide.

Day Hike: Domingo Baca Trail to TWA Canyon ~ Sandia Mountains ~ Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA

Sunday,  March 22, 2015

For those who don’t know, in February, 1955, a TWA flight took off from the Albuquerque airport in a snowstorm. Within minutes, it crashed into the mountain killing all 16 souls on board. Some debris from that crash remains in the mountain to this day. The canyon where the crash site is located is now referred to as TWA Canyon. There is a trail that leads to the crash site which I have known about since moving here. Today felt like a good day to do this hike.

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Day Hike: Old La Luz Trail ~ Sandia Mountains ~ Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA

March 11, 2015

Hiked the old trail up to The Five again this morning. Just a quick post to note trail conditions which have much improved over the last couple of weeks. I left the trail head at 8:20 AM and was back to my car at 11:45.

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Solo Backpacker… Trapped… Helpless… Hopeless…

About once a month, I have a habit of jumping on Google and searching for stories about lost hikers. Sometimes a lost-hiker story has a happy ending. Sometimes it doesn’t. I do this to remind myself how easy it is to get in trouble while hiking if you go out unprepared, especially in the back country. These story-reminders keep me on my toes, keep me from getting lazy when it comes to packing the extra supplies I would need in case of an emergency, even on day hikes, and even when I’m hiking with a group.

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