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    Chris Farrin added Possible trips 2

    2 months ago

    Chris Farrin completed Williams Lake Trail

    3 months ago

    Chris Farrin completed Brown's Lake Trail

    4 months ago

    Chris Farrin added Short trips

    6 months ago

    Chris Farrin added Possible trips

    11 months ago

    Chris Farrin completed Gavilan Trail

    11 months ago

    Chris Farrin completed Bull of the Woods Trail

    11 months ago

    Chris Farrin completed Hunter Creek Trail

    11 months ago

    Chris Farrin completed Mount Rose Trail

    11 months ago

    Chris Farrin completed Ophir / Davis Creek Trail

    11 months ago

    Chris Farrin reviewed Gila Loop Trail

    11 months ago

    I recommended working this trail clockwise because the significant climb/drop in the northwest corner may not have water at the top. I personally began at the Cliff Dwellings heading west on trail #151. Be sure to top off water before climbing north on trail #28. The view from the top of the northwest corner was breath taking. I camped the first night on the trail at the base of the switchbacks before crossing the river.

    The second day I walked along the Middle Fork for eight miles within the cliff faces which rose hundreds of feet on both sides. Just like other reviews warned I crossed the river so many times I lost count (twenty? twenty-five? I dunno). Because of this I wore my river crossing sandals all day and trekking poles helped greatly. In the beginning I had trouble in the Meadows (near the intersection of trails #157 and #53) due to an overgrowth of vegetation. I followed one trail I presumed was man-made through tall grass into what I eventually believed was a bear den. It looked like a vegetation-made igloo filled with beautiful yellow flowers, freshly eaten animal bones, and bear scat nearby. No photos unfortunately as I did not want to become the next set of bones. After backing out I walked through the river for a time upon losing the trail to get away from the den. Thankfully I did not actually run into any bears face-to-face though signs of their presence were around. I later learned flooding took out many of the cairns causing frequent loss of the trail among the river rock however it almost always paralleled the river. About half way through the second day I passed the the Jordan Hot Springs which was a neat place to stop and rest. There were numerous camps sites across the river from the springs so please minimize your impact if visiting here.

    Day three started as I entered the Little Bear (slot) Canyon southbound on trail #729. I hammock camped in an area previously used by others to save time but was extremely disappointed in the amount of trash left behind near Little Bear Canyon's intersection with the Middle-Fork river. The walk back to the starting point was fairly easy but the shade from the cliffs and trees disappeared by this point. Be sure to take a water purifier as I was advised by a Park Ranger that the rivers have Giaradia in them. In all, this was a beautiful hike which I will do again though losing the trail throughout the second day was frustrating.

    Chris Farrin completed Gila Loop Trail

    11 months ago

    Chris Farrin added Future trips

    over 1 year ago

    Chris Farrin updated Nambe Lake

    over 2 years ago

    Chris Farrin reviewed Domingo Baca Trail #230

    over 2 years ago

    Great trail. A little easy to lose the path initially because there are a few that intersect with it along the way however once you clear the foothills its fairly easy to navigate. Not much shade initially. Mildly strenuous but not too difficult. The crash site at the end is a humbling and sad memorial though it is worth seeing. This is a good trainer hike for tougher treks as it is not too long. Just be wary of the Elena Gallegos picnic area as my friend's vehicles were both burglarized while we hiked though mine was spared. Also this picnic area is the same starting point the Pino trail so make sure to allocate enough return time so you don't get locked in. Hours depend on the season.

    Chris Farrin completed Domingo Baca Trail #230

    over 2 years ago

    Chris Farrin reviewed Pino Trail

    over 4 years ago

    I hiked this today with my dog. It recently rained which kept the heat down however the large amounts of vegetation that has flourished because of it nearly covered the trail at times. This is the second time I've completed this solo and the views (though sparse) were amazing. Initially easy but becomes much tougher. Keep in mind the parking lot closure depending on the season. I had to run down the trail and narrowly avoided the gate being closed by five minutes. Great hike, will do again.

    Chris Farrin completed Pino Trail

    over 4 years ago