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    Cindy Castaneda completed Wraith Falls

    12 months ago

    Cindy Castaneda completed Natural Bridge Trail

    12 months ago

    Cindy Castaneda saved Douglas Falls Trail

    over 1 year ago

    Cindy Castaneda reviewed Gooseberry Springs Trail

    almost 3 years ago

    Hiked Gooseberry Springs Trail #77 to the summit of Mt. Taylor yesterday. Had a false start at first when we stopped at the Continental Divide Trail- which had signs for Gooseberry Springs Trail, but I misinterpreted the arrows. You will know you are at the correct trail head if you see a large green hiking sign on the left and a brown signpost that says #77, with a parking area and posted notices about the Cibola National Forest.

    The hike begins in a ponderosa dominated forest with a smattering of aspen trees, then moves onto a meadow where we saw cattle grazing. After that you take a slight turn and then begin a series of about 4 switchbacks to the summit of Mt. Taylor.

    The ascent is a continuous, but gentle grade all the way to the summit. The trail is clearly well-traveled and easy to follow. Wear hiking boots as there are some sections of the trail that have loose rocks or are bumpy with rocks that stick out.

    Thanks to recent rains there were lots of wild flowers (harebells, Indian paint brush and penstamon) at this time of year which made the hike gorgeous. An easy peak to bag.

    Cindy Castaneda reviewed El Malpais: Narrows Rim Trail

    almost 3 years ago

    This is one of my favorite trails particularly in fall and winter. This trail follows the mesa's edge in El Malpais. The trail is easy to follow with sandy footing in some places. What makes this trail stunning are the views to the west over the black lava flows. Then, as the trail continues and turns east you will be treated to a view down overlooking La Ventana. it's a great spot for lunch or a snack before you make your way back down to the parking lot at the trail head.

    Cindy Castaneda completed Narrows Rim Trail

    almost 3 years ago

    Cindy Castaneda reviewed Boca Negra Canyon Trails

    almost 3 years ago

    Cindy Castaneda reviewed Pino Trail

    almost 3 years ago

    A steady, easy grade all the way up is the key feature of this hike which begins in the Elena Gallegos Park. The first 1.5 miles are so are through open, high desert, so be prepared with sunscreen, sunglasses and plenty of water as you start out if you are hiking in the summer. If you are hiking in the late fall or early spring, there may still be snow as you reach the intersection with the South Sandia Crest Trail. You may want to bring poles or Yak Trax under those conditions for stability in your footing.

    Cindy Castaneda reviewed Tent Rocks Slot Canyon Trail

    almost 3 years ago

    This is a great hike for families, but I don't recommend it in the summer, when it gets extremely hot. What makes this hike great? Well, it might be the interesting formation, the so called "tents." It could be the small bits of obsidian, known as "Apache Tears" that can be seen on the trail. For history buffs it might be the history of this place, sacred to the native people, known as Kasha-KatuwePerhaps. Maybe for you, it will be the fun of sidling through the slot canyons and admiring natures bounty of color, beauty and majesty. Hiking to the end is not essential for this hike, for our family the greatest enjoyment was the slot canyons. Don't miss this hike

    Cindy Castaneda completed Ellis Trail

    almost 3 years ago

    Cindy Castaneda completed Tree Spring to 10-K Trail

    almost 3 years ago

    Cindy Castaneda completed Three Gun Spring Trail

    almost 3 years ago

    Cindy Castaneda completed South Crest La Luz Loop Trail

    almost 3 years ago

    Cindy Castaneda completed Piedra Lisa Canyon Trail

    almost 3 years ago

    Cindy Castaneda completed Boca Negra Canyon trails

    almost 3 years ago

    Cindy Castaneda completed Volcanoes South

    almost 3 years ago

    Cindy Castaneda completed Pino Trail

    almost 3 years ago

    Cindy Castaneda completed Tent Rocks Trail

    almost 3 years ago

    Cindy Castaneda reviewed Eagle Lake

    almost 3 years ago

    A popular choice in Acadia National Park, Eagle Lake is a beautiful small lake that is easily accessed and a popular choice for bikers, joggers, and hikers/walkers.

    Cindy Castaneda reviewed Jordan Pond Trail

    almost 3 years ago

    Cindy Castaneda reviewed Great Head Trail

    almost 3 years ago

    If your party wants to play at the beach, but you are more of a hiker, you should head out for the Great Head Trail. Easily accessible from the beach, follow the blue markers on the rocks for a scenic hike to the Great Head. Nice views of Sand Beach and the Atlantic abound. The trail can get a little tricky over the large rocks, so I recommend using hiking with good ankle support. Short trail with rewarding views. Not good for those with limited mobility as it requires some rock scrambling at the outset.

    Cindy Castaneda reviewed Witch Hole Pond Carriage Trail

    almost 3 years ago

    The carriage road to Witch Hole Pond is easily accessed from the Visitor Center. A pleasant walk to Witch Hole Pond along a graveled path shared with bike riders makes for an enjoyable family walk. People of all ages and mobility challenges would enjoy this. You'll have to catch your breath - not due to physical exertion, but because Acadia is such a beautiful park. I joined this with other trails and carriage paths to get to Jordan Pond.

    Cindy Castaneda completed Great Head Trail

    almost 3 years ago

    Cindy Castaneda completed Witch Hole Pond Carriage Trail

    almost 3 years ago

    Cindy Castaneda completed Eagle Lake Trail

    almost 3 years ago

    Cindy Castaneda completed Jordan Pond Trail

    almost 3 years ago