Day Hike: Coyote Call Trail ~ Valles Caldera National Preserve ~ New Mexico, USA

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Drove up to the Valles Caldera for the first of two short hikes today. Highway 4 is a scenic, and usually pleasant, drive, unless you get behind a slow-moving construction vehicle, like we did.  We were forced to crawl along behind that vehicle all the way up, and into, Jemez Springs where we encountered road construction, which is where the construction vehicle was headed. Should have known! After getting past all that, we made pretty good time until we encountered even more road construction in the area around the Las Conchas Trail Head. Seemed like it took forever to get up to the Valles Caldera and the Coyote Call Trail Head

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Day Hike: Whitewash / Oso Pass / 3 Gun Spring / Off-Trail Shortcut / Embudo ~ Sandia Mountains ~ Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA

Sunday, May 3, 2015

My hiking buddy, Marty, and I hit the Embudo Trail Head early that morning. Must be a pretty popular place because there was plenty of paved parking. Gates opened at 0700. We arrived at 0715 ready to hike.

This trip represents a departure from the way I typically document my hikes. For the past few months, or even longer, I have been seriously thinking about leaving my full-size DSLR camera at home and switching exclusively to video. There are numerous reasons that make video more appealing to me, and I decided this hike would be a good place to make the switch. This is the first time I have ever hiked and not taken a single still image. And if you’ve ever hiked with me and/or looked through my blog, you know that represents a major change. And, yes, it did feel really weird not to have my other camera with me. 🙂

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Day Hike: Blue Dot / Red Dot Trails ~ White Rock Canyon ~ White Rock, New Mexico, USA

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Another group hike today, this time we drove up to White Rock Canyon and hiked the Blue Dot and Red Dot trails. On a number of past hikes, I have used spectacular to describe the views on those hikes. I find myself needing to use spectacular again to describe the views on this hike. The Rio Grande River has carved out a seriously magnificent canyon and given us some spectacular panoramas. Standing on the rim of the canyon gazing down at the Rio Grande River, I felt the same awe I felt the first time I looked into the Grand Canyon. If you haven’t done this hike, put it on your To Do list because you won’t be disappointed. This hike is definitely a keeper! 🙂

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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.