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Hacienda Acres, New Mexico Map

Did not hike the whole trail, just half way round trip. Not too challenging. Nice views and very nice wildflowers.

North Anthony's Nose peak is located in the continuation of the Franklin Mountains that are completely located in the State of New Mexico. To reach the peak you may start at the Sierra Vista Trail.The Sierra Vista Trail recently became part of the new federal protected area called the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument. You will be able to see the trail sign. There is a place to park your car near to the trailhead. At the beginning of the trail you take a distinctive dirt road and in about 2 miles the road will reach an intersection, follow the road to the left. After around 0.3 miles this road will end, at this time you will be inside the canyon that will take you to the peak. There, you will find an old trail not very well marked, keep your eyes open and you will be able to follow it. This trail will conduct you to a rocky dried waterfall that you are required to climb. This is the most difficult part of the trail, needless to say that safety is first. Be very careful in this section of the trip. After your climbing, there are no more trails. Keep walking the hillside to the left of the arroyo that is below you. At this time be aware that the North Anthony's Nose Peak is actually behind the highest peak that you see to your right. Keep walking until you reach the rim of the mountain, there you will be able to see your destination peak. Follow the rim to your right to get to the top. When you arrive to the top, you realize that the effort was rewarded. You will have an all-around view. You will be able to contemplate a good part of the Franklin Mountains, the Organ mountains, Sierra Blanca and even La Sierra de Juarez in Mexico. At the same time enjoy the classic Chihuahua desert vegetation that includes lechuguilla, sotol, yucca and prickle pear. You follow the same route to come back to the starting point.

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

To get to the Trail Head, you need to take O'Hara Road (NM-404) from I-10 or from Martin Luther King Blvd (NM-213). At about 5 miles you will find a gate in front of the sign marking the beginning off the Sierra Vista Trail, this gate is the same entrance to Anthony Gap Cave road. Drive until you find the parking area, then using the same road, walk in direction to the mountain. You will cross two small arroyos. After them you will find the beginning of the trail to your right. Be careful because the beginning is not very well marked. Follow the trail. In about a mile, when the trail starts going south, step out the track and continue on the arroyo. At that moment you will see in the distance the small range that is part of this hike. You keep walking toward that range until you get to a fence, and to your right, you will find a very old and rustic gate that you need to cross. Continue on the arroyo until you reach the foot of the range. Here the hiking consist on walking the range rim. When you finish this part, you will get to the place where the Lower Sunset Trail join together with the Northern Pass Trail. You direct yourself toward the mountain by the Northern Pass Trail, but instead of going up, you turn to your left following the foothill part of the trail. Eventually you will get to the point were you abandoned the trail to go to the small range. Follow your steps back and soon you will be back where your started. We understand the implication of leaving the trail to start a new path that somebody else could follow later. In this case, it worth the effort and we expect that the trail is used often. Is difficult under these circumstances to have a detail description of the trail. The best way is use the map that we traced.

Sunday, August 28, 2016