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birding
Monday, April 24, 2017

I am assuming this place is a wonderful place for birding during winter migration, as the signs in the park explain. The "trail" is a ~3 mile loop meant for driving(15mph) or hiking and is flat terrain with little shade. There are some small trails with viewing platforms for bird watching along the way, as well as plenty of places for picnicking and outdoor bathrooms, as well. I know I came in off season but saw some killdeer, roadrunner and wrens!

hiking
Tuesday, October 30, 2012

The other review provides no information. Useless.
I've done this 5 times from 3 different locations. It is never any easier, it is always very
strenuous, a total bushwhack, expect to leave blood.
There is NO trail, all off-trail. The "Horrible" rating is because there is NO trail.
Good map reading and route-finding skills a must plus all-day endurance.
A 8.5 mile loop can be had from near a ranch (occupied) on the south side.
Take Cty Rd 12 west from I-25 then #B-74 to the ranch. Close all the gates you find.
Head up an arroyo that parallels the Sevilleta boundary fence. Eventually go upslope
and follow the prominent ridgeline just to the north. Lots of hard work. Reach the main ridge and the higher west summit. Drop into the saddle and scramble (some exposure) up the east summit. Exit downhill to the east arriving at a saddle separating
#8044 and #8144. Exit to southeast via this drainage. DO NOT use the drainage on the west side of #8144, extremely steep and choked with vegetation. Back to the car and ranch. Headlamps and LOTS of water. Use USGS "Ladron Peak" topo.
Of 5 visits, 3 were out by headlamp. Get an early start.

hiking
Friday, December 30, 2011

a little bit of a pain to get too but a surprise jewel

birding
Wednesday, December 28, 2011

I really enjoy this area. It has good bird viewing without the crowds and you are able to be closer to the birds here, so you can get better pictures even with a nominal camera.

hiking
Monday, March 20, 2017