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Dec 23 2013
Jim_H
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40 male
 Joined Sep 08 2006
 Phoenix, AZ
Benson Ridge / Bluff Springs Trail #5006Southeast, NM
Southeast, NM
Snowshoeing avatar Dec 23 2013
Jim_H
Snowshoeing4.00 Miles 1,035 AEG
Snowshoeing4.00 Miles   3 Hrs   30 Mns   1.14 mph
1,035 ft AEG8 LBS Pack
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With a real snowstorm, I thought it would be fun to snowshoe. Today was my first time in almost 2 years. The last time was at 12,000' in Colorado. Today I topped out on a small hill at 9,175'. It was also a lot harder than I remember, with the snow being heavy and wet and sticking to my shoes. I would call it Spring Slop, if I was on the Peaks. It does have me questioning my ability to do a mountain, like Jura Knob or Engineer Mountain, up in Colorado next month. I was much more tired than normal after an even longer hike. Pretty though, and peaceful. That is, until I decided to get my car stuck up Alamo Peak Road. Mostly just while turning around.
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Apr 12 2013
Jim_H
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 Joined Sep 08 2006
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Benson Ridge / Bluff Springs Trail #5006Southeast, NM
Southeast, NM
Hiking avatar Apr 12 2013
Jim_H
Hiking7.00 Miles 1,582 AEG
Hiking7.00 Miles   4 Hrs      1.75 mph
1,582 ft AEG
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I knew my feet couldn't take a 20 mile hike to get 4500' of AEG, so Alamo Peak from town was out. I looked for a hike, but nothing really excited me. I ended up thinking it might be fun to head up to the top of the Sacramento Plateau/Hills, or as it is more commonly known: The Sacramento Mountains. Well, a mountain is a relative thing. This area is so very reminiscent of the Mogollon Rim area of the Colorado Plateau.

I was hoping for a little warmer temps, but a cloud layer moved in right as I was driving up. It was overcast and actually very cold the entire time. Why I wore shorts is beyond me. New found Valley ignorance? Wishful thinking? Stupidity? I don't know, but even in Alamo it wasn't that warm yesterday, and at nearly 10,000' it was cold. COLD!!! I suspect it was only in the lower 40s on top. Perhaps, but not likely, the 30s. Great for Texas, the dog, who did not do well on the A Trail with temps in the high 60s, but cold for a warm loving beast such as myself.

Nice hike: easy, relaxed, and it smelled nice with all the fir. Not for summer or when the tourist ATV crowd arrives. This reminded me a lot of Mormon Mountain, south of Flagstaff, except the rock is all limestone, not basalt. The summit needs a fire tower or something. I imagine the 360 degree views on a clear day are great.
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average hiking speed 1.45 mph

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