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    Russell Cravens saved Devisadero Peak Trail

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    Russell Cravens completed Devisadero Peak Trail

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    Russell Cravens reviewed Santa Fe Baldy Via Windsor Trail

    about 1 month ago

    (Drove in from Houston last night, hiked Baldy today.)

    Beautiful, long, reasonably hard hike.

    The 3 creek (very small, more like “criks”) crossings were beautiful. At 3.5 (half way to top), there is a nice creek to rest or cool off your feet.

    The terrain is (mostly) loose rock. I just wore tennis shoes (mistake).

    It is an “up” then long ramp “down”, then “up” until you reach baldy.

    The last mile is tough. I had to walk 100 steps, then rest. Of course, my heart was racing the entire time due altitude (and fat belly...ha).

    Once you get to top, keep walking to the next ridge (maybe 40 yards) and you look down on a beautiful lake (Lake Catherine...I think.)

    The locals love this one. If you aren’t used to the altitude, just take breaks so you don’t blow yourself up. It’ll still be tough.

    I was committed to walking slowly enough for this hike to take all day. It did. 5 hours out. 4 hours back.

    All in all, beautiful hike. As I was about making my way to summit, a man said to me “your almost there, it’s worth it.” He was right. Wow. 360 degrees of Gods beautiful creation.

    (One note: as I was leaving the state police where setting up to search for a lost hiker. It’s a beautiful, well marked hike, but just be careful.)