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Pueblo ParkSouthwest, NM
Southwest, NM
Hiking avatar Jul 21 2015
friendofThundergod
Hiking6.78 Miles 523 AEG
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After a short hike out from our over night trip, Blanco and I headed to Pueblo Park. I did not have any overly ambitious plans, but I did want to locate the starting point for WS Mountain Trail, a trail I may incorporate into an ambitious Pueblo Park to Hannagan Meadows trek next summer. Other than that, I really had no solid plans for our day at the "Park," just recover some wet gear and maybe knock out a few more miles before heading back up the rim.

I got a perfect two hour window to dry gear and then some heavy rain rolled in. If I had more established plans or a schedule to keep, I would have hiked through that rain. However, as it stood I had: nowhere to be, no real plans and a nice Xterra to sit in, so I opted for taking about a 1.5 hour rain delay before embarking on anything. Blanco certainly did not mind.

I stumbled across the Trail to the Past when I was looking for the Dangerous Park Trail, a trail that for some reasons I felt I had to see because of the name or something. As it turns out, the interpretive trail lured me in and then I was hooked! In very non FOTG fashion I ended up spending about an hour and a half on the very modest loop. I did locate the TH to Dangerous Park Trail, however, by that time it was more important to me to check out WS Mountain Trail #43.

I only hiked to the confluence with the West Fork of Pueblo Creek, but enjoyed the short section of trail I hiked. Heavy rains and some very apparent recent major flooding have obliterated a section of trail near the start, but its just a matter of picking up the large cairn on the other side of the stream. The section of trail I did was generally well maintained and easy to follow. The creek was very high when I was there and nearly all the crossing were above boot height. The area is prone to flash flooding and that did weigh on my mind at times, as did the dark clouds overhead. That section of trail certainly lived up to the canyon's name it traveled through, Dangerous Park Canyon.

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