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Gold Hill Long Canyon Loop, NM
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Gold Hill Long Canyon Loop, NM 
Gold Hill Long Canyon Loop, NM
 
Hiking avatar Sep 02 2017
BiFrost
Hiking12.55 Miles 3,554 AEG
Hiking12.55 Miles   6 Hrs   24 Mns   2.11 mph
3,554 ft AEG      27 Mns Break
 
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Spent the long weekend hiking the Sangre De Cristo Mountains in New Mexico. We planned to hike Wheeler Peak but wanted a warm up hike the day before. We planned to hike Gold Hill loop which is similar to hiking Humphreys in AEG and distance. The loop started from the Taos Ski Valley up Bull of the Woods trail climbing about 1300 feet to the Gold Hill trail junction. Before heading up Gold Hill Trail we checked out the Bull of the Woods pasture and noticed a yurt on one side of the meadow so we checked it out. Very nice yurt with room for at least 4 and large deck out front. After the side trip we headed up Gold Hill Trail which like Bull of the Woods was in excellent shape. Nice switchbacks and gradual gradient made the AEG up to the summit at 12,711 feel easier than the actual elevation gain.

We had lunch on the summit and enjoyed the views. To the north we could see the goal for the next day Wheeler Peak. A few people arrived as we were leaving and talked to them before moving on. Coming back down from the summit we wanted to make a loop out of it so we took Long Canyon Trail down which was also in very good shape. Plenty of water in the canyon and camp spots for an overnighter. Ran into some hunters camping half way down canyon so apparently hunting season has started. Eventually Long Canyon intersects with Bull of the Woods Trail and took it back to the ski valley.
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