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