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Crest Trail #25 - Lincoln NF - 3 members in 6 triplogs have rated this an average 4.3 ( 1 to 5 best )
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May 05 2014
Jim_H
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 Guides 55
 Routes 46
 Photos 7,753
 Triplogs 1,630

40 male
 Joined Sep 08 2006
 Phoenix, AZ
Three Rivers to Lookout Mountain 11580', NM 
Three Rivers to Lookout Mountain 11580', NM
 
Hiking avatar May 05 2014
Jim_H
Hiking17.20 Miles 5,920 AEG
Hiking17.20 Miles   8 Hrs   40 Mns   2.08 mph
5,920 ft AEG      25 Mns Break10 LBS Pack
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Of the three long hikes I did last Autumn, this was the one I did not repeat and I wanted to do again. It was a wait, but it was worth it, despite the high winds up high. It was also my first time at high altitude (>10,000') since my last hike here in early October. This was also a good fitness test hike for Santa Fe Baldy, which I hope to hike next week.

The lower parts are always enjoyable with the flowing water, the smells of the pine and the bird calls in spring. After I left US 54 I saw and heard no one for the entire time I was out, until I got back to 54. This might be a beautiful area, but it is lonely.

Higher up the smells transition to Doug and White Fir, and then Spruce and Elk, or their feces; hard to tell as they go hand in hand. I spotted several Elk, both in the upper end of the canyon and well below me in the same area as last fall. Evidence of herbivory is everywhere. I also saw what must have been a fox, not coyote, judging by it's tail, posture and huge ears, trotting across the ridge near the ski resort.

It was cold and windy on top, but the views were pretty good. I never planned on Sierra Blanca today, but the south views would not have been that great anyway, as there was dust from the basin hazing things out. Lots of snow still on Blanca, and you can really see just how rocky that peak is, despite trees nearly to the summit on the NE aspect. If it were not so windy here, it might be covered in trees.

Travel time was about the same as last time, but I started at 1125. Got back to my car at 805. It took me almost 5 hours to reach the top, but 15 minutes less than 4 to get down. Might have been faster, except my Altras are totally worn out.
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Oct 04 2013
Jim_H
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 Guides 55
 Routes 46
 Photos 7,753
 Triplogs 1,630

40 male
 Joined Sep 08 2006
 Phoenix, AZ
Three Rivers to Lookout Mountain 11580', NM 
Three Rivers to Lookout Mountain 11580', NM
 
Hiking avatar Oct 04 2013
Jim_H
Hiking17.20 Miles 5,920 AEG
Hiking17.20 Miles   8 Hrs   40 Mns   2.11 mph
5,920 ft AEG      30 Mns Break
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I thought this was going to be longer in mileage, but I am happy with the elevation gain. I trust the GPS, and the map elevation readings, but it didn't feel like close to 6,000'. I trust it.

I started at 10 of 11 this morning. Even with the shutdown, I was able to park at the trailhead, as had numerous other vehicles. Wind was up slightly, but not too bad. I enjoyed the smell of the pines and the running water. It took longer than I thought it would to make the crest trail, close to 3 hours, but a lot of the elevation gain is made on this section.

Rounding on to the Crest Trail and exposed to the wind, the hiking was harder, but not due to the trail. I encountered a flowing spring on the ridge, which is incredible given how high up it is. Flowing to a gallon+ per minute, I say.

Much of the views from the Crest were destroyed by the Little Bear Fire in 2012, but it is still very scenic. The grass is lush, and some erosion has roughed things up a bit, but overall it is in good shape. Had it not been for the wind, and the grass and herbaceous vegetation bothering my legs and getting in to my shoes, this was my favorite stretch of trail. Well, except for the end.

When you reach trail # 78, most of the hike is done, and in reality the real hike is up to this point. This may be the nicest of the hike. It has a Kendrick Mountain (Flagstaff) feel to it. The spruce is very nice, and the grass short and shady, for the most part. Very nice to walk on. Reaching the ski lift marks just about the end, and then it is a short hike up to the 11,580' summit, with a round wind break and views. I summited at 15:35.

On this day, I started too late to do Sierra Blanca, and the wind was nasty enough that I wouldn't have wanted to summit. Views were pretty good, and dust wasn't up much at all. Up from Monday's flawless sky, but not bad considering.

Hiking down went a lot faster than I thought. Then again, the hike was 3 miles shorter than I originally expected. I was down in 3 hours 38 minutes, total. Nothing impressive, but I thought I would be out later.
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Jul 02 2013
rwstorm
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 Guides 1
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 Photos 19,620
 Triplogs 881

71 male
 Joined Feb 28 2003
 Tucson, AZ
Nogal Peak Trail #26Southeast, NM
Southeast, NM
Hiking avatar Jul 02 2013
rwstorm
Hiking2.60 Miles 1,170 AEG
Hiking2.60 Miles
1,170 ft AEG
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cindyl
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I left Tucson Monday and drove to Carrizozo by way of Safford, Mule Creek, Datil, Socorro, and US 380 from San Antonio (New Mexico). This was done to make a loop out of the trip, plus I wanted to hit Socorro Springs Restaurant in Socorro to see if they had the beer I missed last trip back on tap. Unfortunately no. :( The trip was in conjunction with the longer adventure that Cindy and Bobby were on, with the focal point for our get together being the fireworks show at the New Mexico Museum of Space History in Alamogordo on the 4th (We got onto the grounds for the show/tailgate with my VIP pass from being a museum member).

After a fun evening in Carrizozo, I checked out of the motel Tuesday morning and drove the short distance to Capitan for a stop at the Smokey Bear Historical Park (where Smokey is buried). This was a bit heavy, in lieu of what had occurred in Yarnell two days previous. From there it was down to the Ruidoso area via NM 48. This is where I got to see the extent of the 2012 Little Bear Fire that scorched about 44,000 acres and took out 254 buildings. I decided to try and find Cindy & Bobby, so turned up NM 532 and headed toward Ski Apache. Saw their tent at Oak Grove CG and played a hunch they might be attempting Sierra Blanca, so headed up toward the trailhead. A lot of the area along this road was burned, plus you could see the fire really torched Monjeau Peak (this area is still closed). To my surprise I ran into them at Windy Point Vista (nice to finally meet Bobby at 9800 feet in the middle of New Mexico :) ) They were indeed going to try for the peak, but a sign about a trail closure along the Crest Trail near Lookout Peak turned them back. Bobby's fallback plan was to do Nogal Peak (9957), which is very inviting with its conical shape. With it being late morning and not knowing what the weather would deal us, this was a good choice as we could make it a short hike from the northern terminus of Crest Trail #25 from the high point on FR 108. I loved this one: short and direct along a ridge with excellent views! :y: The weather cooperated (not so later in the day).

After the hike, they headed back for a 4th night of camping at Oak Grove, while I decided to follow FR 108 & 400 down through Nogal Canyon and back to the paved highways 37 & 48. By the time I got down to Ruidoso to eat and get some supplies, storms cut loose and made it impossible for me to go up and camp with them, so I got a room in Ruidoso instead. Next morning we regrouped at the ranger station in Ruidoso to gather information on the area, before heading to Cloudcroft. Some of my Tucson hiking friends are planning on going over there for camping/hiking later in July, so I needed to get information for them. The good news is that much of the fire damage was to the lower elevations, and the upper parts in the White Mountain Wilderness were mostly spared. And most everything was open with the exception of around Monjeau, as well as Bonito Lake and other City of Alamogordo owned/managed areas in Bonito Canyon. :)
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Jun 30 2013
cindyl
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 Routes 7
 Photos 2,575
 Triplogs 218

47 female
 Joined May 15 2009
 Phoenix, AZ
Argentina - Bonito Loop, NM 
Argentina - Bonito Loop, NM
 
Hiking avatar Jun 30 2013
cindyl
Hiking8.40 Miles 1,865 AEG
Hiking8.40 Miles
1,865 ft AEG
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1st trip
to start our week of new mexico fun, we decided on argentina canyon. there were two springs near our planned route, as well as a peak, a cabin, and a geocache for bobby. and oh, the flowers! :budrose: :kf: i was in serious tibber mode with all those flowers. the flowers were not only in the canyons, but on the ridge as well. so pretty!

we started up along argentina canyon trail #39 to artentina spring, where we didn't see a spring, but a pretty fenced off area. then we made our way on the crest trail. bobby wasn't counting on going up to argentina peak, but it was right there! i had to have somewhere for my peak beer. there isn't an actual trail up to the peak, but it wasn't a hard bushwhack, either. we came back down and continued on the crest trail to another junction, where we headed toward spring cabin spring. after that we bushwhacked for a while to get back up to the crest trail. we followed that to the junction with little bonito spring trail, then big bonito trail, and back to the trailhead.

great day! :FG:
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Jun 15 2013
imike
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69 male
 Joined Nov 05 2008
 Cloudcroft, NM
Three Rivers Trail #44Southeast, NM
Southeast, NM
Hiking avatar Jun 15 2013
imike
Hiking11.90 Miles 3,450 AEG
Hiking11.90 Miles
3,450 ft AEG
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1st trip
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Finally... a decent day on the trail! Lungs a problem during the first hour, so Tim and Yubao went on ahead... I knew I did not want to drift above 10,000'... so did a loop around, some off trail... then down Dry Canyon. It was good... pulse up into the 150's... maybe I can train back up? Of course, I am now way out of shape!
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May 05 2013
imike
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69 male
 Joined Nov 05 2008
 Cloudcroft, NM
Skull Springs Trail #41Southeast, NM
Southeast, NM
Hiking avatar May 05 2013
imike
Hiking12.60 Miles 2,375 AEG
Hiking12.60 Miles
2,375 ft AEG
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1st trip
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Meetup Group hike out of Las Cruces... nice to finally get over and see a new area. Lots of burn damage, but the vista views were exceptional. Lung issues stopped me short of the peak; I guess it may not have been the flu in Hawaii... to linger this long... bacterial? Irritating to have to figure out what is going on... and to delay the fun training. Oh, well. Back up to the area Monday for another hit! I'll just go slow.
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