Start Manzanos

GET 2017 Day 36, June 5, Monday.

Start Segment 33 mile 40.9 of 42.5, along CR115 a couple of miles from US60

End Segment 35 mile 3.9, after 15.6 miles on Segment 34, approaching Manzano Peak

Miles walked:  21.1

My cache buried near US60 was unearthed without problems. A few snacks included in the box start the morning right.

After crossing the highway, I begin down an arroyo, for almost 5 miles.

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The arroyo merges with a larger drainage, and continues under train trestles.

After diverting to a dirt road, the route quickly starts climbing past southernmost Manzanos.

The morning continues with several miles of climbing dirt roads.

As the route passes through juniper and pinon, I start looking for high mountains, since the trail will rise towards one of the highest peaks by end of day.

Pine Shadow Trail, near trailhead, begins near a picnic area with running spring. Since water sources will be scarce on the crest, I fill up with as much water as can be carried.

Crest Trail starts getting hard near a burn area, with many fallen logs to climb, and disappearing path in places.

Opportunistic thickets overgrow the path in spots, and slow down hiking.

Clouds make a sudden appearance, with thunderstorms and showers. A light show of electricity performs as I fall asleep on a high exposed ridge at 9500 feet.

Later in the night, as clouds disperse, lights from towns below become clear, from Socorro, Los Lunas, and even a vast sea of twinkling Albuquerque.

Highwater

GET 2017 Day 34, June 3, Saturday.

Start San Lorenzo Canyon Segment 32 mile 23.4 of 27.6

End after 15.3 miles of Highwater Bypass Route Alt 33A, then miles 9.6 to 15.1 of Segment 33, near Stapleton Ranch ruin

Miles walked:  25

Here is Polvadera Peak in the morning from the front (east) side.

My daughter has friends from out of town, and she is taking them for a hike in the canyon. The dogs will stay on leashes to help protect from snakes.

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Magdalena

GET 2017 Day 32, May 27, Saturday.

Start Segment 30 mile 12.1 of 16.3, near stock pond in Milligan Hills near national forest boundary

End Magdalena Segment 31 mile 16.9

Miles walked:   24.5

The route on this section of trail has certainly changed from my practice hike last year, apparently due to a landowner shutting off access through a forest road that goes through private property. The new route includes difficult cross-country zig-zags to finish Milligan Hills.

On dirt road on the back side of Magdalena Mountains, I saw a bear that acted different, not running off like most black bears.

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