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    Marvin Williford reviewed Penasco Blanco Ruins Trail

    4 months ago

    Lengthy hike to Supernova Pictograph site near the end of the trail. Trail is generally sand and dirt without much elevation gain until near the end of the trail. It is out and back. Hardly any traffic after the first two miles. I went in the early afternoon and it was quite warm, even in early May. You will want to take plenty of water and some trail food, of course. There is no cell service generally anywhere within the Park so you must take care of yourself out there. The trail is well marked and easy to follow. Not much wildlife but I did see some coyote scat, some birds, a couple of lizards and one large snake.

    Marvin Williford reviewed Bisti Badlands

    6 months ago

    Marvin Williford updated Bisti Badlands

    6 months ago

    Marvin Williford reviewed Prater Ridge Trail

    12 months ago

    On this day I hiked the north loop only. See my review of the south loop here. Not much to add, really. Finished with 5.7 miles and 900' of elevation gain. The views from the north loop are perhaps a little better than from the south loop. Trail is well marked (mostly with cairns) and maintained. I saw deer tracks but the only wildlife I saw were lizards. The only people I saw were a couple whose path I crossed on the ascent to the ridge. Not a popular trail in MV, but a good one if you like solitude.

    Marvin Williford reviewed Spruce Canyon Trail

    about 1 year ago

    Little used trail that descends into a canyon, then climbs out. Can be done as a clockwise or counter clockwise loop. Total distance would be approximately three miles if start and finish are in the same place. My route started near the "Spruce Tree House" (this is the only ruin visible and is not far from the museum close to the rim; there are no ruins inside the canyon) and ended in a parking lot near the museum and was about 2.75 miles. Don't be deceived by the relatively short distance. This is not necessarily an "easy" hike, though many have characterized it as such. Total elevation gain was 602' and the climb out had a gain of 465' over 1.20 miles which is a 7.3% grade, not really difficult. However, the top section of .43 mile had 281' gain which is 12.4%. That's getting up there. And there are short steeper sections within this. You will struggle if you are not prepared for this climb. Strava rates the overall climb of 1.2 miles as a Category 4 climb, the easiest of four climb ratings, but be advised, there is really nothing easy about it. The descent that I made had a 9.3% grade over .83 mile and the trail was more smooth so it may be easier to do this in the other direction, i.e. counter clockwise. All that being said, this is a pleasant, picturesque little canyon with little traffic; I saw only eight hikers. It's shady at the bottom of the canyon but the climb out is in full sun in the afternoon. There is a stream bed in the canyon but the steam is seasonal; there is no water in early August. The only wildlife I saw were lizards and there was no sign of deer or coyotes. Elevation is about 6500' at the bottom of the canyon and about 7000' along the top so it is helpful to be acclimatized to this already. As with any hikes in such areas go prepared with water, some trail food and good hiking boots.

    Marvin Williford completed Spruce Canyon Trail

    about 1 year ago

    Marvin Williford reviewed Prater Ridge Trail

    about 1 year ago

    Two connected loops atop a mesa or ridge with an out and back ascent/descent from the parking area. I did only the south loop and my distance was about about 4.7 miles. Sweeping views of surrounding cliffs and mesas. The out and back portion is approximately 1.1 miles and there is a fairly stiff grade of about 10-11% over about .85 mile, so it isn't easy. On top the terrain is undulating. I did not see any wildlife other than lizards but there was plenty of bear scat along the trail. As other reviewers remarked the trail is well marked and well maintained. I met a couple from Phoenix and another from Denmark with two small girls and those were the only people I saw. There are no ruins along this route but the views are worth the effort. Elevation is above 8000' so you will be stressed if unaccustomed to hiking at altitude. As always bring plenty of water, some trail food and dress for extreme heat, at least in summer. Your phone may or may not have service; mine showed a signal on top of the ridge but not on the ascent portion nor in the parking area.

    Marvin Williford completed Prater Ridge Trail

    about 1 year ago

    Marvin Williford completed Clear Lake Trail

    over 1 year ago

    Marvin Williford completed Mount Pisgah Trail

    over 1 year ago

    Marvin Williford completed Tower Bridge Trail

    over 1 year ago

    Marvin Williford completed Panorama Trail

    over 1 year ago

    Marvin Williford completed Alpine Pond Trail

    over 1 year ago

    Marvin Williford completed Navajo Loop Trail

    over 1 year ago

    Marvin Williford added Alpine Pond Trail

    about 2 years ago

    Marvin Williford reviewed Red Canyon Loop

    over 2 years ago

    Marvin Williford completed Red Canyon Loop

    over 2 years ago