J W. on Cabezon Peak
Fun scrambles. Amazing views. Not much shelter from bad weather, though.
The hardest part is the climb up the hill to the base of Cabezon. From there, look for an arrow made of stones on the ground pointing you up the scree to the "Chimney". (see photos) The Chimney contains the hardest two scrambles. After those, it's a pretty relaxed hike for a while. The next scrambles will be after a gnarly tree. (see photos again) After that, just stroll your way up to the stone wall on top.
I'm only giving a 3 star because I have not made the complete climb yet. I will be going again this month so I can get a better understanding of it. I do like what I see though. 22-23 June is the super moon so I think I'll got for that. Should be some great Stellar photography then.
I hiked the trail that circles around the peak. Excellent hike in my opinion. Reminds me a lot of Devil's Tower in WY, except no crowds. The beginning of the hike is fairly steep but once you reach the base of the volcanic neck the trail levels out and is quite enjoyable.
Great trail I ran across skimming through the 60 hikes in 60 miles book. It's very well marked by the actual path and also cairns. I was pressed for time so had to turn back after a couple miles in. If I am correct this trail may continue non stop almost to Cuba NM. I did hike a portion of this trail just south of Cuba the year before.
I'm only rating at moderate because of some elevation change. I doubt it's more than a few hundred feet.
This is quite a neat place but not good for little kids. It is fairly strenuous up to the pedestal. Once on the loop it isn't too bad but up and down is. Lots of scree too. The Loop is the trail most take but there is a trail to the top that is insane. The trails have nice views too