San Lorenzo

GET 2017 Day 33, June 2, Friday.

Start Magdalena Segment 32 mile 0

End San Lorenzo Canyon Segment 32 mile 23.4

Miles walked:   23.4

Having taken a few days to rest and recover, KK drops me off at Magdalena. I hike out of town on dirt road.

 The trail goes by small foothills before reaching a wide plain.

Past the hills the terrain is sagebrush and grass, with Polvadera Mountain in the distance.

After several miles the mountain seems closer.

The route joins an arroyo on the back (west) side of the mountain.

Continuing in the arroyo brings us to San Lorenzo Canyon.

Water is running at the spring, then disappears and reappears several times.

Since my home is just a few miles away, our family makes San Lorenzo Canyon our playground. KK rides horses out here twice a week. We hike and walk dogs out here often, when rattlesnakes are not active.

I see five people on a high sandstone bluff.

They are part of a group of seismology interns from New Mexico Tech in Socorro, visiting the canyon.

Lorenzo has more views.


Our family named this rock formation Frothy Hippo, marking the entrance to a narrow slot canyon. We often hike it as a loop, going back down a different slot canyon.

I hike to evening until the canyon widens, then find high ground in case of rain in the night and make camp.

Author: Jim, Sagebrush

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