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    Member Since October 2016

    Benjamin Zemek

    Las Cruces, New Mexico 

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    Benjamin Zemek reviewed The Scout Trail (Blue Trail)

    over 1 year ago

    Nice, easy, convenient NoVA hike/walk. Melting snow on the trail made it somewhat like walking through a swamp - wear boots if wet.

    Benjamin Zemek saved Lost Mountain Loop Trail

    almost 2 years ago

    Benjamin Zemek saved South Ridge Trail Loop

    almost 2 years ago

    Benjamin Zemek reviewed Old Rag Mountain Loop Trail

    almost 2 years ago

    Best hike in the DMV area. Get there early to avoid the crowds. Take a dip in the icy cold mountain creek on the backside of the mountain en route to your car. Also, be sure to stop by the winery close to the base on your way out!

    Benjamin Zemek completed Old Rag Mountain Loop

    almost 2 years ago

    Benjamin Zemek reviewed Harding's Beach Trail

    almost 2 years ago

    While a nice, short hike, if you don't already have a Chatham parking sticker, you'll pay $20 for the parking. Once over the associated frustration, you'll see plenty of horseshoe crab skeletons, enjoy a beautiful view of the cape, and be able to take in the interesting scene of the lighthouse located at the trail's end. Interesting in part because it's privately owned and occupied as a private residence.

    Benjamin Zemek completed Harding's Beach Trail

    almost 2 years ago

    Benjamin Zemek reviewed Long Point Lighthouse Trail

    almost 2 years ago

    First mile over the breakwater requires some agility - not a lot, but some - from there, the open water side of the peninsula is solitary and beautiful. While swimming several seals popped up nearby. It was a unique experience. The water is crystal clear. The route is rated difficult because after the rocky breakwater, it's 4 miles of soft sand. When at last you return to solid ground, you feel like a gazelle. It's worth the drive out...definitely.

    Benjamin Zemek completed Long Point Lighthouse Trail

    almost 2 years ago

    Benjamin Zemek reviewed Picacho Peak Via Box Canyon Loop Trail

    about 2 years ago

    Quite the view from on high. In fact, I would rank the view from the peak as second in Las Cruces, with the best being atop the Organ Needles - which is not a hike for the gentle. Picacho Peak is easy enough yet I would maintain it as a Moderate. We took the old trail down the back side of the hill which cuts back and forth before joining the new path again at the base, then rounds the hill back toward the parking area.

    Benjamin Zemek reviewed Baylor Canyon Pass Trail

    about 2 years ago

    Baylor Canyon Pass trail tops my list of trails in the Las Cruces area. With inspiring views, peaceful silence, wildlife, and a well maintained yet rugged trail, you can't go wrong.

    Benjamin Zemek completed Baylor Canyon Pass Trail

    about 2 years ago

    Benjamin Zemek reviewed The Paseo del Rio Trail

    about 2 years ago

    Very easy/simple trail which runs parallel to the road. There is a small off-shoot trail listed as "shar ma ko rainmaker" (or something close) which leads down to a nice bank in the creek. Our dogs especially liked being able to play in the water. Check yourself for ticks after though!

    Benjamin Zemek completed The Paseo del Rio Trail

    about 2 years ago

    Benjamin Zemek reviewed La Cienega and La Cieneguilla Trail

    over 2 years ago

    The trail head is a simple indistinct opening in a fence line along the side of the road. From there the trail is relatively well marked to the top of the nearby peak. The view from above is worth the climb which took about 30 minutes. If you continue along the trail to complete the loop, you will be mostly bushwhacking as the remainder of the trail from the peak is almost indistinguishable. However, it is during this second portion of the hike that petroglyphs are visible in the canyon beside the stream. It was a fun and adventurous hike. For a more tamed version, climb to the top of the peak, take in the views, and climb back down the way you came in.