Box, Ridge, Highlands

  • NNML 2019 Day 9, June 18, Tuesday
  • Start mile 137, Ghost Ranch (sec3mile0)
  • End mile 160 CaƱo Canyon (sec3mile23)
  • Miles walked: 23

Going north out of Ghost Ranch, the trail climbs out of a box canyon that rustlers used to pen up their stolen cattle.

Sometimes my route departs the CDT and then joins it again in a few miles. Climbing on dirt road we get to a path along a ridge, with views of snow-capped mountains in the distance. The snow might not be in focus by my poor little camera, so take my word on it.Later we get to open meadows and scrub oak, with cattle grazing, a kind of highlands as elevation gets to 9.5k.After threatening all afternoon, heavy rain comes at 6PM, forcing an early end to hiking. My body is doing something weird, with chills, nausea, and low energy, and I fall asleep right away with no dinner. Later in the night I wake up better and eat a midnight meal. Whatever was going on is fixed, apparently. This happened once on the Grand Enchantment Trail.

Author: Jim, Sagebrush

Jim (trail-name Sagebrush) codes audio software for Windows, Linux, Android, and embedded systems. When not working at, he enjoys backpacking, which this blog is about.

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