Category Archives: Trip Reports

Wheeler Peak-New Mexico Highpoint

[Original date August 31, 1997]

Trip report from a hike to the summit of Wheeler Peak, the highest point in New Mexico (13,161′) undertaken August 31, 1997.

Wheeler Peak is the highest point in New Mexico at 13,161′. The hike to the summit via Bull of the Woods is about 15 miles round trip, and has an elevation gain from 9,000 to 13,161′. This climb is non-technical during most of the summer. But extreme care should be taken during the thunderstorm season-July and August-since much of the Wheeler Peak trail is above timberline and exposed. Getting to and off the summit before thunderstorms this time of year will entail a near-dawn departure.

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John Muir Trail Thru-hike 2002

I completed a North to South thru-hike of the John Muir Trail in 2002. Here is a trip report of my hike.

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Arizona Highpoint-Humphreys Peak

Humphrey Peak Wikipedia

In August 2003, on the way to California to my brother’s wedding, I camped near Flagstaff, Arizona and climbed Humphreys Peak, the high point of the state.

Humphrey's Peak hike AZ Highpoint
Humphrey’s Peak hike AZ Highpoint
Humphrey's Peak hike AZ Highpoint
Humphrey’s Peak hike AZ Highpoint
Humphrey's Peak hike AZ Highpoint
Humphrey’s Peak hike AZ Highpoint

The hike starts off in the “Snow Bowl”, a ski area, then winds its way up through the forest until it gets to timberline. Then it hits a saddle; go left to get to the summit of Humphreys.

Humphrey's Peak hike AZ Highpoint
Humphrey’s Peak hike AZ Highpoint
Humphrey's Peak hike AZ Highpoint
Humphrey’s Peak hike AZ Highpoint
Humphrey's Peak hike AZ Highpoint
Humphrey’s Peak hike AZ Highpoint
Humphrey's Peak hike AZ Highpoint
Humphrey’s Peak hike AZ Highpoint

 

 

Indian Peaks 2008 Backpacking

I’ve hiked many times in the Indian Peaks Wilderness, just south of Rocky Mountains National Park. This time was a multi-day backpacking trip. Because of the nature of the trail system and the need for permits in advance, I planned a route with a sort of curly-cue path.

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Trip to New Mexico

IMG_2224I  had planned on camping in Dog Canyon, Guadalupe Mountains National Park, as usual; however the campground and entrance has been closed for months.

Me at Start of Shiprock Half-Marathon
Start of Shiprock Half-Marathon