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Oct 27 2020
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Peak 1719 Lime Kiln Loop, AZ 
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Hiking avatar Oct 27 2020
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Hiking4.60 Miles 913 AEG
Hiking4.60 Miles   2 Hrs   39 Mns   1.74 mph
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Although the left hip and lower back are still causing grief, hiking while in pain is 100% better for the psyche than lounging around in pain at home so a-hiking-I-would-go.

That said, I'm sticking with short loops for now so I'll have shorter bail-out options should things get to be unbearable during the hike.

I chose this hike as a variation of the hike two days ago for two reasons, it's pretty easy and more importantly I wanted to test the cheap lightweight plastic overshoes I bought solely for Salt River crossings when the level is low.

Since this hike provided similar views and terrain as two days ago and the fact there was absolutely no drama, nothing unique and/or out-of-the-ordinary during the hike, I'll end the suspense and skip to the results of my test.

Before attempting the test I determined as long as I didn't step flat-footed in water over 6" deep my boots would stay dry, and if I were to tip-toe I would be safe up to 9". By choosing to cross in the same spot I did two days ago (albeit swapping boots for sandals on that trip) I knew it could be accomplished without over-topping the galoshes.

But of course the critical part when crossing the Salt River is managing the slick wet weed-covered rocks. One slip and the least of my worries would whether my boots got wet or not. While I assumed my Teva sandals would be better suited for traversing wet/slippery rocks than the galoshes, I found that was not the case. The soft rubber on the bottom of the galoshes actually gripped better than the 'spider-tread' of the Tevas so as long as I didn't step on any rockers (or backed off if I felt one move) I had no issues. Sure I had two hiking poles to aid in keeping my balance, but that was a given even crossing in sandals.

I realize they may not last much more than a dozen crossings, but at under $12 the thin soft PVC 'foldable galoshes' performed admirably! Well worth a 5-star rating.
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Oct 24 2020
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Peak 1871 Lime Kiln Loop, AZ 
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Hiking avatar Oct 24 2020
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Hiking5.10 Miles 856 AEG
Hiking5.10 Miles   3 Hrs   15 Mns   1.59 mph
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While it is possible to do this hike from the Blue Point Recreation Site, it's always more fun to throw in a few river crossings. So now that the Salt River flow is at seasonal low levels this was the perfect time for a river-crossing hike.

We started from the gate on Bush Highway just .7 mile north of Usery Pass Road and headed north parallel with Bush until turning west to the spot where I crossed the river on a few previous trips. Arriving at the planned crossing, although 95% of the width was dry, the flow through that last 5% was a bit faster than Tracey cared for so we decided to look for another spot. With thick brush at the river's edge we had to detour away from the river before checking out the next spot. It took a second detour before we found a spot Tracey was willing to try. Only about 70% was dry, but the remaining 30% was very low and the bottom was mostly smaller rocks, rather than the larger weed-covered ones which were very slippery.

We swapped our hiking boots for water-crossing footgear, made the crossing without incident and swapped back to hiking boots. From there we followed various horse trails (the most prominent were equestrian trails, not wild horse trails) past where the sheep crossing bridge used to be, then continued up the trail until making a 90° left turn and headed up to the summit of Peak 1871.
Note: Peak 1871 is incorrectly labeled as 1971 on every map I've seen.

The quick ascent to the summit went much easier than expected, likely due to the number of game trails we made use of. Once at the summit, due to poor recollection I got mixed up between two different hikes I did 3-4 years ago and headed west before going down the ridge. It turned out "the ridge" was the wrong one, which I only realized once we were a few hundred feet down and looked over to the "correct" ridge. Not too big a deal, as we only came back up a little before following the contour across the drainage.

Once back "on track" it was simply a matter of descending more-or-less the center of the ridge. At about 1/3 the way down we came upon a very recent equestrian trail which made an easier descent, much better than my ascent route almost 4 years ago.

Once at the bottom, with myriads of horse trails to choose from we just took our best guess at which would bring us past the lime kiln, and luck was with us as the one we chose brought us within 50 feet of it. A few quick photos, a 2-minute break and we were headed back to the Salt for the return crossing.

To cross back we chose the corner at the Fox Tail Administrative Site as it has been a favorite of mine for MANY crossings. Swapping boots for water-gear and back was just as much a pain as the first crossing, but once the swap was complete we had but a short jaunt back to the car.

Only when we were on the drive home did I remember that after my last previous crossing 9 months ago I had bought lightweight overshoes for that specific purpose, and realize I had them in the car the whole time. Oh well, I guess I'll have to do another hike across-the-Salt to try them out.

It seems that seven straight days of 8 to 11-mile hikes and 14k+ AEG we both felt some after-effects, Tracey's probably just being tired out from hiking instead of sitting at work.

As for me it's a bit more disconcerting. Hip issues continue along with nerve pain down in the left leg, with the burning sensation becoming more frequent... and this after only a five mile hike. So far mountain biking on my regular easy route has been issue-free so that may be my go-to exercise for a bit.
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Oct 19 2020
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CDT SOBO from Little Walnut Rd, NM 
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Hiking avatar Oct 19 2020
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Hiking10.25 Miles 1,292 AEG
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2020 New Mexico trip Hike #7 - Continental Divide Trail Mile 168.8 to 173.2

We'd already hiked north & south from NM 15 on the CDT as well as north from Little Walnut Canyon Road, so it was only natural to hike south from Little Walnut for the last hike, ultimately having covered the Continental Divide Trail from roughly mile 169 to mile 188.

Like previous hikes, again the weather was perfect with temps ranging from 60-73 and a clear-blue sky. The first 3 miles would pass through a lightly wooded area which would prove to be great habitat for a variety of wildlife, and in fact about 2.5 miles out we would encounter a number of deer, and later fresh elk scat as well as a fresh pad print of a black bear.

Although it may sound like a broken-record, this part would not only be great for mountain biking, it was great ALL the way through, both on the old route and the fresh new route. Other than a few very short drainage crossings the tread was hard-packed dirt which made for a pleasant foot-fall.

On the southbound run we turned left (east) at the second gate and took the scenic route up along the ridge (the Guthooks app displayed this as the 'current' route) and returning along the newest/easiest lower route. It was along the lower route when we spotted the bear track and fresh elk scat.

About half-way back we spotted what appeared to have been another even older section of the CDT. So for something new we decided to give it a shot. It was pretty rough and winding so it made sense the trail had been rerouted through the area.

This was a very enjoyable hike to wrap-up our 8-day trip to New Mexico. We still had one more hike up to Burro Peak from the north planned for tomorrow but when we arrived at the trailhead we were greeted by a thick blanket of heavy smoke which had moved in overnight from California, and within a few breaths throat was raw and along with an almost instant headache so we decided instead just to head for home.

NOTE: I posted a GPS file including all the parts of the CDT we hiked as one single northbound track as well as the Burro Peak CDT NM06 hike.
GPS Route: Continental Divide Trail NM07 Mile 169 to 188
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Signal Peak Trail to Black Peak, NM 
Signal Peak Trail to Black Peak, NM
 
Hiking avatar Oct 18 2020
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Hiking8.60 Miles 3,026 AEG
Hiking8.60 Miles   5 Hrs   47 Mns   1.55 mph
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2020 New Mexico trip Hike #6 - Signal Peak Trail to Black Peak
(Includes a short out-and-back on the Continental Divide Trail Mile 189.5 to 189.3

Today would be a bit different because we would be hiking with my grand-nephew Evan. He is from California but is a freshman at Southwestern New Mexico University in Silver City. We had last hiked with him when he came for a visit in 2014, when he hoped to encounter a Western Diamondback. No luck on the rattlers but he took solace in Gila Monster and Desert Tortoise encounters instead.
(Long story very short, 4 years ago Evan was bitten by a rattler on the hand, spending two days in the hospital.)

Anyway, after we picked Evan up at SWNMU Centennial Hall it was but a short 15 mile trip up NM 15 to the Signal Peak trailhead, where the temp was still under 60°. Once on the trail we had but a few hundred feet before beginning the steep ascent to Signal Peak. While there were a few spots with switchbacks to make things easier, for the most part it was a steep climb up some 2150' in two miles so we were ready for a break at the summit.

But with 2+ miles yet to hike across the ridge to reach Black Peak we took a few quick photos and continued on. While I had a mapped track across the ridge, it was where the trail was previous to the last fire and by now it was non-existent. So, we simply followed the Forest Road until reaching a nice new trail along the contour, which lead all the way south until intersecting with the Continental Divide Trail. From there we followed the CDT eastward a quarter-mile to what was labeled a "Viewpoint" on Tracey's Guthooks app. With a few trees blocking the view it really wasn't that special, but with a little effort I got a photo across to where we turned around on our CDT/Twin Sisters hike yesterday.

Ok, time to bag Black Peak/Black Benchmark. My track to the summit showed a scramble up the SE slope, which we did, albeit each on our own chosen route, but I was the lucky one, managing to find a game trail all the way up. Another summit with little for scenic views but we checked out the communication site as well as an old shed and a few odds & ends.

We took about 5 minutes for a short lunch break before heading back. Lucky us... we saw a faint trail heading down to the northeast so we hopped on it and soon reconnected with the trail we had come out on. Cool! A much easier and shorter route to the summit... not that we'll ever return.

Almost back to the Signal Peak summit Tracey spotted a few white-tailed deer and we spent another 5 minutes watching and hoping for a good photo op but with only one ear showing in my only photo it was only worthy of deletion.

Now just a short jaunt on the forest road to Signal summit, another 4 minute break and we were heading back down. Near the bottom we missed a turn (ok, so I was leading) and figured it was easier to continue than to return to the trail. Besides, it WAS a game trail we were on, the only problem being it did not lead directly back to the trailhead. But just one small gully to cross and we had but a hundred yards along the road back to the car.

This hike would bring the most AEG of all of the hikes on our trip. Thankfully my hip only let me know I was abusing it a few times and they were of short enough duration neither Tracey nor Evan was the wiser to my discomfort. But again, the elation of hiking with like-minded folk, the scenery, the wildlife and the beautiful weather, it was all worth it.
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Oct 17 2020
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CDT NOBO from NM 15, NM 
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Hiking avatar Oct 17 2020
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Hiking11.30 Miles 2,572 AEG
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2020 New Mexico trip Hike #5 - Continental Divide Trail Mile 181.8 to 187.5

After four hikes of Tracey's vacation she is just now getting into the hiking groove, shedding the cobwebs of mostly sitting at a desk since Covid-19 changed our world.

This was the second time starting from this CDT trailhead on NM 15, conveniently located hike within 2 miles of our AirBnB. With a slightly earlier start we had 49 degrees and mid-70's at the end.

We started at the "Arrastra" point-of-interest site just off NM 15, and for the first 1.5 miles we ascended 800+ feet along an ancient (mining?) road, sometimes it flattened a bit but every climb was a real workout, enough so the pain from my left hip was practically taking my breath away. It was too soon to give up and turn around, so I just kept it to myself, resurrected my mental bio-feedback tools and spent more time taking in the scenery.

Once at the top of the first climb we were back on an old road again for the next 2 miles, the first 1/3 being a steady downhill with enough orange to grapefruit-sized volcanic rocks to keep your eyes glued to the trail, 1/3 of it flat along a long ridge (the most pleasant part) and the last 1/3 beginning the ascent toward the first of the Twin Sisters.

As we began the steep and rockier climb to the Twin Sisters coming up to 4 miles out, my hip brought its displeasure to the forefront, so much so this time it actually DID take my breath away, bringing me to a dead stop. I didn't dare sit down as I wasn't sure I could get back up. Tracey had been a bit behind me so when she caught up she just assumed I was waiting for her to point out something of interest. When I told her what stopped me she re-affirmed the idea we really did not have any particular destination, and if we had to turn back now, so be it.

But after a few minutes of a heavy dose of bio-feedback, I looked at the FS Topo map and it appeared we would NOT be following the ups & downs of the old pre-fire CDT route and skirt the Twin Sisters along the contour instead.

Ok, so let's go another hundred yards and see how it goes. Viola! Sure enough, at our request, what do we have but a nice smooth, even tread around the mountains. And just like that my hip muted its complaint, and the rest of the way to our planned "5-mile turn-around-point was a distinct pleasure... a nice shady, cool walk with the background music of the breeze whistling through the pines.

And of course, due to the changes to the CDT route after the last fire, the 4-mile, 4.5-mile and 5-mile waypoints on my track were some distance off. Only when we returned to the TH would we realize how far off.

Luckily, my "5-mile" point provided us a perfect spot for our lunch break. After 25 minutes I felt we better head back before I get too used to sitting still.
(More like standing still... again I didn't dare sit down for more than a few minutes at a time.)

For some unknown but very pleasant reason the return trip went SO much easier. Sure, most of it was downhill but almost all the hazards I had kept my eyes peeled for on the way out seemed no longer to be hazards. Maybe I had been so focused on them earlier that they were burned into my memory and I no longer had to pay that much attention. Either that or I was in a trance.

Just as we were about to begin the last long (boring and in-the-sun) descent, I saw the old road had continued up to the summit of Peak 7640 and asked Tracey if she was up for a quick walk to the summit. No way... she said "You go ahead, I'll wait here" while subliminally thinking, "don't worry I'll keep my back to the wall so no mountain lion can sneak up on me."

As beat as I was 4-1/2 miles ago, somehow I had the energy to make quick work of another 150' climb to the summit. But for what?! Due to thick vegetation there were absolutely no views to be had. Oh well, after getting that out of my system I could now be satisfied I had pulled out the most enjoyment (and the most pain) of any hike so far on this trip.

Tracey was still sitting patiently when I returned, and from there on all we had was the last 1.5 mile descent, which most of which would now be in the direct sun so it was warm.

Whoops... almost forgot to mention the saddle between the Twin Sisters. We did see a trail going up to the bare slick rock saddle between the peaks, and we actually did make an attempt, for about 25 feet. It was far too steep and loose a slope to take a chance, for what? A higher viewpoint? While the northern Twin Sister was an LoJ peak to bag, I can accept the fact most of my peak bagging days are over.

In summation, while this hike provided plenty of ups-and-downs physically, mentally and geographically, at the end-of-the-day I felt great. And wonder of wonders, I will awake tomorrow with an eagerness to take on an even steeper hike, but thankfully it will be shorter.

NOTE: I posted a GPS file including all the parts of the CDT we hiked as one single northbound track as well as the Burro Peak CDT NM06 hike.
GPS Route: Continental Divide Trail NM07 Mile 169 to 188
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CDT NOBO from Little Walnut Rd, NM 
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Hiking avatar Oct 16 2020
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Hiking9.00 Miles 1,509 AEG
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2020 New Mexico trip Hike #4 - Continental Divide Trail Mile 173.2 to 177

At the halfway point of our CDT hike yesterday we found such a great spot for lunch and a nap that it would be our goal again today. According to the latest Guthooks CDT track it was supposedly the halfway point between Little Walnut Creek Road and our start point yesterday on NM 15 so we figured it would be about the same distance round-trip, but again the recent re-routes were not reflected on the app.

This hike would be pleasant in almost every way... the weather was perfect, cloudless sky, temps from mid-50's to mid-70's and a nice breeze. If a good portion of the hike yesterday was good for mountain biking, the full 4.5 miles out-and-back today would be awesome for it. The tread was wide, mostly smooth dark dirt and plenty switchbacks so the numerous ascents and descents would be easy for biking as well as hiking.

I don't recall many specifics of the hike, not for the lack of scenic views, but rather there were more than enough views that none stood above the others. But I did manage to take a photo of the nice camp/lunch spot we used both yesterday and today.

NOTE: I posted a GPS file including all the parts of the CDT we hiked as one single northbound track as well as the Burro Peak CDT NM06 hike.
GPS Route: Continental Divide Trail NM07 Mile 169 to 188
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CDT SOBO from NM 15, NM 
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Hiking10.00 Miles 2,041 AEG
Hiking10.00 Miles   5 Hrs   14 Mns   2.11 mph
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2020 New Mexico trip Hike #3 - Continental Divide Trail Mile 181.8 to 177

The CDT trailhead on NM 15 was just 2 miles north of our AirBnB so it was just a few minutes and we were on-the-trail again. And like all but the first hike of this trip the temps were in the mid-50's to start and mid-70's at the end so they were all within Tracey's comfort level.

Heading southbound we began with an easy downhill in a shaded area so all of the the first tenth-of-a-mile was quite pleasant. But of course it didn't last long, the next 1.5 miles were a constant uphill, part of it on a trail and most along a forest road. In fact, well over half of this hike would be on forest roads and while the road walk itself was boring, every once in a while we would have a scenic view of the surrounding area. One of the most prominent features was the Our Lady of Guadalupe Monastery and to a lesser degree, the St Joseph's Monastery. The Continental Divide Trail used to pass much closer to the monasteries but thankfully, due to how steep that route was, it no longer does.

The next three miles was a constant descent, with the last mile to our planned turn-around point was on a particularly unpleasant rocky part of the road. Both of us had the same thought... this is not going to be fun climbing up on the return trip. But once we reached what seemed halfway to Little Walnut Creek Road there was a nice open yet shaded area, which appeared to be a designated camp/picnic spot. So we took advantage of it. I failed to take a photo of it today, but no matter, I'll make sure to do that when we stop here again tomorrow on our hike northbound from Little Walnut Creek Road.

After an extended lunch/nap we began the climb neither of us was too happy about. But once we reached where the road leveled out somewhat the continued climb felt easy. Just past a locked gate we heard a truck approaching and what do you know, it was a propane delivery truck! Quite the surprise as the only possible destination we could think of was the communication site on Piños Altos Mountain, but this seemed quite unlikely as there is a better and shorter way up from NM 15.

Once we began the long descent it was the same as earlier... boring along the road until onto an actual trail again. Then on a steep climb just a few hundred feet before crossing a road here comes a brown furry animal barreling down at me from seemingly out-of-nowhere. Before I had time to figure out what it was and if it was a danger I saw a woman come out of the brush and immediately realized it was a dog, which actually blew by me as though I wasn't even there. So I figured it was a regular along the trail and was well-trained enough not to bark or trouble anyone it met. And moments later, here comes another dog (more obvious by it's boxer-look) from behind us, so it must have been off-trail as we passed by and it was now returning to met its owner. And like the other one, it passed us like we didn't exist. All we ascertained when passing the woman was that this was her daily ritual out with her dogs.

Once past the road it was a short dip down and back up to the trailhead. Even with the 30-minute rest stop in the middle this was definitely a butt-kicker compared to yesterday. And tomorrow we will hike northbound to the same mid-point from Little Walnut Creek Road.

But no matter how we beat felt physically we really have become to enjoy hiking on the CDT. As mentioned in the previous triplogs, and I'm sure I will again, this part is very conducive to mountain biking.

NOTE: I posted a GPS file including all the parts of the CDT we hiked as one single northbound track as well as the Burro Peak CDT NM06 hike.
GPS Route: Continental Divide Trail NM07 Mile 169 to 188
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Little Walnut Gomez Peak Medley, NM 
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Hiking7.20 Miles 1,553 AEG
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2020 New Mexico trip Hike #2
After arriving later than expected yesterday (forgot the one-hour time change) we figured we'd start with something requiring little-to-no planning and something we could extend the distance depending on the conditions, of the trail and our own physical condition.

So first up was the Little Walnut Day Use Picnic Area which sports numerous trails with a number of intersecting loops. While the picnic area is closed due to Covid-19 the trails are open.

A quick look at the map at the trailhead proved to be of no help because part of the map was missing and the rest was faded. But no matter, we saw a trail and simply set off for an unknown adventure. I had a track which had been posted on HAZ but almost right away we realized a good deal of it was not on designated trails so we simply ignored it and whenever we came to an intersection we decided whether to go left, right or in some cases, straight ahead.

While the trails are named on the map, each trail was numbered and our route ended up following Trail 1, 5, 6, 7, 8, 4, 9, 11, 12 & 14. Only later in the evening when I found a map of the area did we realize the names of trails we hiked, which corresponded to part of Pinon Loop, Angel Loop, Gomez Peak, Dragon Trail, Mountain Loop, Wagon Wheel Loop and finally Picnic Loop.

The 'back' end of the day-use area featured trails connecting to the Continental Divide Trail which passed by less than a half-mile from where the Wagon Wheel trail followed the actual Continental Divide. All the connector trails appeared to get extensive use by mountain bikers. And yes, as I mentioned in our Burro Peak triplog, we really did wish we had brought our bikes along.... we had given it a fleeting thought but figured we'd have more than enough to do in the time we had.

Although a morning during the week, we were a bit surprised we only encountered two other hikers over 4+ hours. Ok, so we SAW two more hikers but they were on a trail below us. All appeared to be in their 20's.

Compared to our Burro Peak hike yesterday, the only real workout today was the climb to the summit of Gomez Peak. The last 150 feet of elevation was one tall step after another, one rock up to the next, the result of which was pure agony for my right knee. I ALMOST thought of cutting the hike short then and there but thankfully Tracey said 'let's continue slowly and see how it goes' and once were on flatter ground the scenery grabbed my attention and I never gave the knee another thought the balance of the hike.
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Burro Peak via NOBO CDT NM06, NM 
Burro Peak via NOBO CDT NM06, NM
 
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Hiking10.00 Miles 2,374 AEG
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Tracey booked us a 8-day 7-night stay at an AirBnB in Piños Altos so it was up to me to come up with enough hikes to keep us busy for the duration. Although I had tracks and/or maps for thirteen hikes, ultimately we only hiked four of them. Once we realized how much of the Continental Divide Trail was easily accessible within a 10 mile radius of our AirBnB, four of our last five hikes would be solely on the CDT.
(During the fifth hike we will travel a short quarter-mile segment on the CDT.)

2020 New Mexico trip Hike #1 Continental Divide Trail Mile 116.5 to 121.3
For our first hike we decided to bag Burro Peak via the Continental Divide Trail from NM Highway 90. We started at roughly mile 116.5 of the CDT and would turn around at the summit of Burro Peak at roughly mile 121.3.

Note: I say roughly because some part of every CDT hike we do will be on new re-routes so all mile-points are approximate. Even though Tracey had the absolute latest CDT update on her Guthooks app, more than a few times the very obvious new track was not as shown on the app.

The first quarter-mile followed a fine sandy wash which gave way to a rocky climb for the next 2.5 miles before the first respite to cross a short saddle. But no rest for weary hips & knees, the next half-mile will be another rocky climb, only this time the respite will be 3/4-mile on a very recent bypass taking us around the western contour Jacks Peak instead of up along a Forest Road and the down the ridge to the north.
(According to the CDT Coalition this part was just completed on October 6th)

I feel it's worth noting that ALL the newly constructed reroutes we encountered over the course of the week appear to be constructed with the emphasis on mountain biking, including easier grades, more switchbacks and nice sweeping curves. And yes, we wished we had brought our bikes. :roll:
(Of course, not for THIS hike, but for 3 other CDT hikes we will do)

The last half-mile climb to the summit looked to be another rough & rocky climb, but even gaining 300' of elevation it didn't seem that bad, probably because we were focused on looking for the deer we were seeing fresh tracks of. No such luck. :(

Although not thick, there was enough vegetation spread around the wide summit there were no scenic views to be had at the summit. While I did find the remains of a summit log, but it seems whoever placed the log did not fully wash the plastic parmesan cheese jar and an animal made short work of the lid as well as the small notebook. Only the front cover of the notebook was in the jar, with a few dozen pages spread all around, probably by the wind once the animal freed them of their bondage. Unfortunately all of the pages I found were blank. :doh:

While I spent most of my time at the Burro Benchmark summit seeking the Reference Marks, Tracey spent most of her 25-minutes taking a lunch break. After about 10 minutes and only finding RM #1 I gave up and chowed down as well. But funny enough, as we were leaving I saw a few more notebook pages and when I walked toward them I spotted RM #2. I guess it helps to NOT be looking for something for it to be found. And yup, these pages were blank as well.

Time to head back... as much my left hip and knees complained on the ascent, I was a bit apprehensive of the steep rocky parts we would encounter on the descent. Although it felt pretty warm in the sun (mid 80's), weirdly (and happily) enough I hardly recall the descent. So either my mind was simply ignoring the pain, or it wasn't as bad as I expected.

One down, eight more hikes planned during our stay in the Silver City "Gateway to the Continental Divide" area.
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Hutton Peak, AZ 
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I have enjoyed the Oak Flat/Devils Canyon/Rawhide Canyon area immensely for 9+ years so it's a natural fall-back, especially when the weather is cool enough not to scare off hiking partners.

After a short and rough drive from the US 60 (significantly worse the last quarter-mile) we stepped out to a nice cool 59°... :y:

Being quite some time since my one-and-only ascent of Hutton Peak in July 2013 there was much I didn't remember, but as we progressed up the slope the more things came back to me. I guess the most telling memory was how hot I recalled it was years ago, even when the round-trip was barely 2.5 miles because with the Cherokee I had driven farther on nastiest part of the road.

Of course this trip was much more enjoyable, thanks to cool weather and Ray as a ready-and-willing companion.

The ascent was pretty much follow the cowpaths until/unless being swallowed thickets of holly, manzanita and/or cat's-claw. But no matter, there was always another way.

Ray spotted the white-tail first but as he mentioned, it was gone before a photo could be taken... actually, I had my camera out and on in time, but there were two bits of vegetation between us, one near me and one directly in front of the deer. So, do I wait until it moves? Or do I move slightly to get the shot? Of course we both moved at the same time in opposite directions, and thus, no photo. Oh well, moving on.

I had forgotten the communication site was on a false summit rather than the true summit so it was a good thing Ray spotted the antenna above the boulders or we would likely have passed by. The climb to the site was easy enough with a few cairns along the way.

Peeking through a crack in the metal box below the solar panels I was able to make out large 6-volt batteries connected in series to provide power when the panels can't. The site is provided for emergency use by the DPS.

Finally, on to the summit... we started on the same route until we split at a large boulder, Ray chose left, I chose right, in both cases... to-the-right and correctly. I lost sight of Ray but it appears he got wrapped up in a nightmare of boulder-hopping on his descent to the saddle. I was lucky enough to drop down onto a nice well-traveled path (cows/deer/humans?) along the contour all the way to the saddle.

From the saddle we were presented with nothing but boulders and thick vegetation, but in reality it turned out to be about a 30-foot rock-climb followed by another well-traveled path for the hundred feet over to the summit boulder, where we took a well-earned rest.

The summit boulder provides for an awesome 360° view... Top-of-the-World, Pinto Mine, Pinal Mountains, Dripping Spring Mountains (having scaled them in 2013, Scott Mountain, Hot Tamale and Hagen Benchmark were most recognizable for me), Teapot Mountain, Sleeping Beauty (actually both of them, one south and one north), the Ray Mine, Ajax Benchmark, Apache Leap, Picketpost, a glimpse of the Superstition Ridgeline, Kings Crown Peak and of course Peak 5630, which Ray and I visited last week.

Break over, it's time for the descent, which began much easier due to some very obvious cowpaths. Although bit and pieces of the paths would appear/disappear it wasn't but a dozen feet and we'd find another route.

Rather than returning on the same route we took a semi-circle over to what I believe is Headquarters Tank... I say "believe" because the label is a full quarter-mile away, in an area where there IS NO tank. As we approach the tank the most skeptical of the cattle moved off to the left (ultimately the same direction we would go back to the car) while another larger group just stood and stared at us.

As Ray mentioned, we heard voices in a thicket adjacent to the north edge of the tank. Although Ray did not see them, for a moment I saw two heads just above the vegetation and waved, garnering no verbal acknowledgement, just a wave quick in return.

From there it was as short walk to the car and the bumpy ride back out.

Post-hike note: When were were up top I noticed traffic was stopped at Oak Flat on the US 60 and wondered if there was an accident. If it was, we figured it would be cleared by time we were headed home. It turned out to be more road construction and the highway was one-lane traffic between Superior and Oak Flat.
We were VERY lucky that with just a few vehicles ahead as we approached the stoppage at Oak Flat the traffic started moving, following the Pilot Car. While the traffic did move a bit slower, we weren't sitting still for 15+ minutes like all the eastbound traffic we saw lined up in Superior.

After completion of the repaving and striping over the previous few months, just what was the construction for today? Paving a 6-foot square OFF TO THE SIDE of the 60 just east of the Queen Creek Tunnel.
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Bulldog Horse Trails, AZ 
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Time to ride the trails I cleared a few days ago along with a lot of uncharted trails.
Crossed over Bush to the long-unused Sheep's Crossing Picnic site
Followed the route of the truck hauling in hay for the wild horses, circling back to re-cross Bush
Rode along Bush across the bridge followed by a long loop through the Pebble Beach Recreation Site
Probably picked up 1,000+ thorns in the tires but thanks to tire-sealer there was no need to replenish air during (or after) the ride.
I hadn't planned to ride on uncharted trails so I didn't wear any leg-armor so inevitably I picked up more than a few significant scratches.
But no worries, the enjoyment was more than worth a few minor wounds.
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Salt River Bottoms & Overlook, AZ 
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Another cool morning so we stayed local, this time starting from the Salt River Tubing Lot.
Tracey enjoyed the area we biked yesterday so we returned to explore it a bit more in-depth on foot.
Plenty of wild horse encounters today.
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Phon #100 Flats Salt Overlook, AZ 
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First ride for Tracey in quite some time, maybe a couple years? Probably getting jealous of my recent biking adventures in the area.
I kept the route more-or-less flat and easy with a stop at a nice Salt River overlook... hopefully pleasing enough she'd be up for more biking again.
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Phon Salt-Flats 1/2 Scorpion, AZ 
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With the weather so cool (67°) and dry I decided for a bit of an extended ride.

The ride from Phon D Sutton mid-mountain lot was a breeze so I was a bit in-a-hurry as I approached the gate on the north/west side of Coon Bluff Road so I didn't stop at it and instead just bumped it open then biked on through, letting the gate clang shut loudly. Barely a minute later I heard the approach of galloping horses and as I came around a batch of trees the herd of Salt River Wild Horses pull up just in front of me in a cloud of dust.

It appeared they were so used to the loads of hay being regularly delivered by a truck coming through the gate that the sound of the gate was a reaction like Pavlov's Dog... clang the gate and it's time to eat.

Unfortunately I didn't get my camera out fast enough to catch the full approach on video, but I did get them milling about trying to figure out why they lost out on some fresh hay.
Wild Horses Expecting Hay (1:30 video)

Moving on, as part of stretching the ride out I spent a good part of the ride along the Salt River-bottoms where the soft sand really served up a solid workout.

After that I headed across Bush Highway for a quick run halfway up-and-back on the Scorpion Trail, re-crossed Bush, cruised down to reconnect with the Salt River Trail #100, back across Coon Bluff Road (not clanging the gate this time) and back to the start.

Another great day for a ride.
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Peak 5361 - 5630 Loop, AZ 
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Although we skipped one summit it was definitely a solid workout, and of course it was every bit another fun mostly off-trail meander with Ray.

Again great documentation by Ray...
All I would add is that while I would have felt bad for you if you had a solid fall, remember... I DID offer you a hiking pole at the start. :doh:
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Highline Trail from See TH, AZ 
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Tracey wanted a cool on-trail hike so we took a quick early drive to See Canyon TH and did a simple (albeit 4+ hour) out-and-back. We had the trail to ourselves, no humans or wildlife.

I had set waypoints at each mile from the trailhead and would reset the "go-to" for the next mile. Just about the time I expected to reach mile 4 I took a glance at the GPS and it said we had 512 feet to go. However, after going at least a 1/4 mile I took another look and sure enough, we were now even farther from the waypoint.

So... it appears at about 3.8 miles west of the trailhead the official route continues straight whereas the now very much obvious 'new' trail (somewhere 2014-2015?) takes a semi-circle swing to the south before returning to the 'old' route.

We did not go far enough to reconnect the two routes before stopping for a break and turning around so we have no idea whether the old route is still visible or not. On our return leg we looked hard to locate where the old route had continued straight and although we found a couple possibilities in close proximity, I could say which, if either was where it had been.
Whatever, it appears Bruce & JJ's late June 2015 routes were the first to follow the 'new' semi-circle route.

While the hike was a nice cool 49-50° at the start it sure felt quite warm whenever we were in the sun on the return leg but it was cool enough for Tracey to enjoy getting away from work for a day.
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Salt #100 Scorpion WH Stinger Alley Loop, AZ 
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Early run on a cool morning. Expanded my flip-flop-lasso double-figure-eight route to incorporate a regular run out to two separate Salt River overlooks. On the way back from one of the overlooks I spotted a reasonably healthy-looking coyote who didn't bother to pose for a picture.

Nearing the end I cruised through the Coon Bluff Recreation Area then headed back out parallel with the road along an equestrian trail, which used to be a wild horse trail this side of the road but no more.

Just as I turned back onto the road I spotted a Galaxy Note 8 cell phone laying in the dirt next to the road. Although the screen was so dark I could hardly see what was on the screen, after pushing a few buttons I could vaguely see "Natalie's Phone" and a green circle labeled "Call owner of phone", which I did.

Natalie lived within a few miles of me so I said I'd drop it off on my way home. She called back and said to meet at a Chase Bank where she had gone to get cash to give me a finders' reward because she was so grateful "my LIFE is on that phone!"
Word to the (un)wise... have a backup!

I said I'd meet her there but don't bother with any reward, I'm happy to get it back to the rightful owner. (which hasn't been the case for two previous phones I've found)

All's well that ends well I guess.
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Forest Road 342 Limestone Quarry, AZ 
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Seeking a little bit cooler hike, which way do we go? North up 87 or east out the 60?
Now a few days later when I read about Ray's burning-semi fiasco on 87 it's a good thing we chose east! :worthy:

Although I had been in this area a number of times over the last seven years, the only time Tracey had was in late 2017 so it was worth another hike. Besides, the last trip we did not go as far as the Limestone Quarry so at least that part of the hike would be a new experience for her.

We began with a leisurely no-stress drive with the cruise set at 65 east east on the US 60 followed by the couple-mile drive out FR 342 just past the SRP Silver King Substation, the last few hundred yards being VERY rough and thankfully the 4Runner's 3" lift was enough to deal with a few steps.

Once on foot we began the climb on FR 342, noting the presence of a single very timid black bull, timid because although over a hundred yards across the ravine from us it beat-hooves away in a hurry. That would be the first of a dozen animal encounters, albeit the only domestic animal.

A few minutes after the bull took off, just ahead of us along the road was a trio of seemingly curious white-tailed deer, possibly pondering whether we were friend or foe. They would move a dozen or so yards at a time, turn and look at us, go another dozen yards before eventually continuing up and out-of-sight.

Shortly after we would spot another lone white-tailed, and another, and another... a few were here-and-gone too fast for a photo but I would get two short video clips, one early and the second almost at the end of the hike.

The long downhill on FR 342 to FR 2458 is never fun... although it was pretty rough back in 2013 & 2014 when I drove it with the Cherokee, it is a LOT worse now and even hiking it is treacherous due to the ongoing fields of loose rock.

Once at the bottom of the hill, although it was just a gradual climb toward the quarry on at-this-point a very smooth road it sure felt steeper than it actually was and it wasn't long before we were huffing pretty good.

Nearing the quarry we climbed up to the end of a fence-line which I had followed at the end of my descent from Kings Crown Peak some half-dozen years ago. It was a bit too high so we dropped down a bit for a closer look and as Tracey continued down I climbed up another hill to another overlook. Just as I was about to drop down to where Tracey was approaching the fence at the edge of the quarry I saw a large white tailed buck hop up from what I assumed was a cliff and it was heading toward Tracey. Just as Tracey was wondering if she was about to have an all-too-close encounter with a large buck it turned and climbed up another slope steeper than I would have expected it to be able to climb. When we were partway around the north end of the quarry we would see just how steep the cliff was that the deer had ascended.

A minute or so after sitting down for a short snack-break I noted a nest of yellow-jackets inside the end of a pipe barely a few feet away from Tracey so we carefully moved until we were a safeer distance away.

The steady descent which earlier we had felt steeper than it actually was, turned out to be but a walk-in-the-park. But that soon changed as we began the steeper, loose and rocky climb. If we thought we were huffing before, it was nothing compared to this climb, enough so I was almost unable to speak... but just almost. Although it got steeper somehow I got a second wind and was able to climb without breathing hard at all.

Unfortunately for Tracey, she did NOT get a second-wind, and had to stop halfway up to get her heart rate down to a reasonable level before continuing. I don't believe it was the steepness as much as working hard to keep our balance on the continual loose bed of rocks.

Once at the high point it was just a matter of a few more lesser ups-and-downs (with more loose rock) and we would have a reasonably easy quarter mile back to the car.

But we weren't done with wildlife encounters... barely a hundred yards from the end here's ANOTHER deer on the road heading directly toward us. Weirdly enough here's a deer walking along the road as though we weren't even there... the scene was so surreal it took me a moment to realize it WAS real. If it had registered in my mind faster I would have had a nice video. As it was I only got a few photos and maybe a 5-6 second video.

Although just over 5 miles Tracey said it felt more like 10... to which I agreed. The best part was we got 10 miles worth of exercise in half the distance. Ok, maybe the best part was the temperature was still only in the mid-80's.
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Phon Salt-Flats 1/2 Scorpion, AZ 
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Nice cool morning, 72°... just right for a leisurely bike ride.

Started off in a poor frame-of-mind due to evidence of an ATV driving over the angled metal bar on the gate at the Phon D Sutton Mid-Mountain parking lot and continuing a half-mile north then west past the caged mine and partway down the wash toward the Salt River between Phon D Sutton and Coon Bluff. ](*,)
Since I saw no tracks when I was out here Sunday morning it most likely happened Sunday afternoon or later.

Later in the week my assumption would be corroborated by a couple who hike the area daily. They would also tell me the ATV went up and the hill straight west of the parking area, tearing up the tread of the trail while making the footing even more treacherous than previously.

To regain a better frame-of-mind I rode out to a few different Salt River overlooks but the semi-euphoria lasted only until I crossed Bush Highway to ride a ways on the Scorpion Trail, where I saw where the same ATV had squeezed its way through the small arch which was so mountain bikers could avoid going through the gate... [-(
Anyway, the tracks continued about an eight-mile before heading off along the remnants of an ancient road which led up to the gravel pits, but for many years had been a wild horse trail, but no more since the wild horses no longer have access.

I turned around 1/2 way up Scorpion, took a quick run downhill back to Bush (one 18 mph burst was all the trail conditions allowed), crossed Bush, another quick and more sustained run until reconnecting with Salt Trail #100 and back to the start.

Although a bit bummed by the evidence of an ATV going where it doesn't belong, it didn't dampen the overall pleasantness of the ride.
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Cabelas Rimrock Test Loop, AZ 
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After the miserable experience with Keen Targhee II's & III's I made sure the next pair of boots had a one-piece sole front heel-to-toe. At Sportsman's the Keens were all that fit me so I headed over to Bass Pro and I ended up with these Cabelas Rimrock boots.

First hike was almost the same as the Targhee II test loop, except this time it was without the early return due to thorn penetration. The Vibram sole on the boots was great, shedding all but the most tenacious thorns, and after the hike what were left easily came off with my boot-cleaning brush.

Although it was a short hike, they did everything I expected and I'm sure they will get plenty of off-trail use.
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