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  2. I'd imagine it's possible at least for what I drove which was closer in and hiking the rest of the way, although I was scraping the side rails in a few places (did not spot) and that's with a bit more clearance it looks like. I can't report on the road all the way in to the Dollhouse area though (TeaPot Canyon etc.), as from what I've seen it wasn't something I wanted to subject my vehicle to!
  3. That was from a recent trip in the red desert of Wyoming...hope to post a report soon!
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  5. I have KIA Sportage 2009 4-wheel drive. I have never been to the Maze and am wondering if my vehicle is suitable for the roads there? Any advice? Thanks!
  6. My friend Ed and I decided several weeks ago (more or less on the spur of the moment) to head to the Pecos Wilderness about 40 miles NE of Santa Fe, New Mexico. Our goals were the Truchas group of peaks (Truchas 13,102/Middle Truchas 13,066/North Truchas 13,024) and Pecos Baldy (12,500) along with East Pecos Baldy (12,529). As I live in Montrose CO (west slope) and my friend Ed lives in the Denver area, we decided to meet at my brothers house in Pueblo, stash my car and continue in Ed's vehicle this past Tuesday. We arrived at the Jack's Creek trailhead at 5:30pm after a dinner stop in Las Vegas (NM). Found a nice campsite and car camped for the evening. I would not recommend counting on finding a site on a weekend, based on what we saw on our exit day (Saturday)--it appears this area gets a lot of traffic from nearby Santa Fe and Albuquerque. We were up early on Wednesday, and set off to our targeted basecamp near Pecos Baldy Lake. This would have been a hike of 8 miles and about 2700 vertical. However, we made a wrong turn right after crossing Jack's creek at the five mile mark--totally missed a pretty prominent sign. I will warn you that all signs in the area only indicate a trail number, and not a particular destination. We were warned by the forest service that trail crews that deadfall would be an issue just below the lake as crews had not yet cleared the area; this was in fact the case--much deadfall that required "bob and weave" off the trail and around. Highly recommend getting the trails illustrated map Paul Mags mentioned; we didn't have it for this trip, just some 7.5 minute maps and a topo printed from Caltopo. In any event, we got some bonus miles and vertical, and arrived at PB Lake at 3:30pm, found a great campsite in easy walking distance to the lake. Camping is not permitted in the lake basin area, but it's only a few hundred yards from good campsites to the lake--easily done with a water bucket. We were introduced to the local family of deer that evening-three of them--they made a regular stop each morning and evening for the 3 days we were basecamped in the area--would get within 10 feet of us on numerous occasions--not much fear of us. Thursday morning we slept in as the plan was to climb both East Pecos Baldy and Pecos Baldy peaks, and return to camp. We found easy access to a saddle above PB Lake's SW aspect, found a defined trail to the summit from there. Our entire trip was essentially snow free--a pleasant change from further north Colorado where the higher peaks are still snowcapped. We first summited E PB, hung out and enjoyed the views--had a great view to the north of Truchas peak, and could easily pick out our proposed route and determine that it was totally snow free as it was south facing. We did have a small (15 foot) snow bank to negotiate on our climb of EPB, but that was our only encounter with snow the entire trip. After a snack, we continued westward on a 3/4 mile ridge to Pecos Baldy peak. While relaxing with lunch, we were surprised by a good sized bighorn sheep ram who was ascending the same ridge we just came up (did get a picture of this dude). He appeared a bit surprised to see us, and chose to skirt around us and continue westward--good thing as we didn't want to get in any dispute with the guy! We relaxed at this summit for an hour or so, and reversed our route back to camp, arriving early afternoon, as total for the day was only 4 miles and 1700 vertical. We saw a fair number of other hikers even though it was mid-week. A group of 17 folks from a summer camp in nearby Glorietta NM stayed near us on our first night in (Wednesday) but after that only one other group was camped 100 yards or so from us. Pretty peaceful area! Friday, we were up early with a goal of the Truchas group. We had decided that, if we climbed several it would be Truchas and middle Truchas as continuing to N Truchas appeared to involve a longer more technical ridge, and more importantly meant that we then would have had to drop into a tree covered area that could have involved significant snow and a much longer day. The Truchas group was about 4 miles north of our basecamp at PB Lake. Most of that distance was along a sweet alpine tundra ridge called trailriders wall. Easy hiking, and a great trail. We ascended via Truchas peak's south ridge. As we arrived at a high meadow/saddle at 12,000 feet we surprised a herd of (at least) 20 bighorn sheep. They were encamped right in the middle of the meadow we had to traverse to continue on our route. We carefully and slowly skirted around them, as the alpha male wateched us--he seemed to say "come on guys, just try something!" After negotiating this truce with the sheep, we continued on to the summit--a steep but easy scramble to the top, arriving at 10am under clear skies. We saw only two small clouds the first 3 days of our trip. Hung out at the summit, enjoyed the views and had lunch. From Truchas' summit, we could see the extent of a forest fire that we estimated had happened a few years back--we had hiked thru a portion of it on our way in to PB Lake but had not realised it's extent until this view. As we reversed our route back down the mountain, arrived at "sheep meadow" to find our buddies still there! We again skirted carefully around the guys and continued on our way. Enjoyed the stroll back along trailriders wall, then back down to our camp, arriving 3:30pm. We got plenty of hang time at our basecamp, which made the whole trip feel relaxed and unhurried. Saturday, we were up even earlier as we planned to also drive back to Colorado--we hit the trail at 6am, were back to the trailhead and our vehicle at 9:30am, stopped for lunch in Las Vegas and arrived in Pueblo at 4am to retrieve my vehicle and part ways. Were blessed with a temperature of 102 degrees there--quite a change from the pleasant nights of 40 degrees at our basecamp at 11,500 for the previous 3 1/2 days! We were amazed at how lush the Pecos Wilderness was--not what one would think about New Mexico! Planning a return sometime in the near future!!
  7. My son and I are planning a 7-10 day trip this January or February and looking for someplace out west to hike where it'll be warm duriing the day. Prefer areas with mountains, canyons and petroglyphs. Last winter trip we did was in January to Death Valley, along with Alabama Hills and Valley of Fire in Nevada. Death Valley is a beautiful place to spend time in January- terrific weather and not crowded. So far, we're considering Arizona, New Mexico and Texas locations - would appreciate any suggestions! Thanks
  8. Looking forward to the report! The Pecos is a gem.
  9. Would be great if everyone would just follow the regulations re dogs on trails.
  10. Wondering where the cover photo of latest trail groove issue, issue 34 was taken ? thanks
  11. Great to hear you liked the way it all turned out....great photos and write-up!
  12. Sounds like a great trip and look forward to the trip report John! Unfortunately I haven't had a chance to check out the Pecos quite yet, but it's very much on my shortlist, and seasonally speaking seems like an interesting option to combine with more local opportunities.
  13. Aaron, how apropos that Paul Mags posted this story. I just returned from a five day trip to the Pecos wilderness, climbed East Pecos Baldy, Pecos Baldy, and Truchas peaks all from a basecamp at Pecos Baldy lake. Will try to post a trip report tomorrow.
  14. The article looks awesome! Loving the full-spread photos!
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  17. Issue 34 of TrailGroove Magazine is now available! Click the preceding link or the cover below to take a look: In This Issue: Jargon: Mountain Passes, saddles... Trail News Trail Tip: Keep Your Pillow on Your Pad Skiing Around Crater Lake Hiking Greenbrier in the Smokies Canyonessence The Pecos Wilderness Tarptent Scarp 2 Review Gear Mash SW Style Dessert Media: Podcasts Wildflowers in the High Desert 126 free pages dedicated to backpacking and hiking. Special thanks to all of our readers and contributors for your support and contributions towards the latest issue! If it's your first time viewing the magazine, we suggest starting on Page 1 for viewing tips and tricks. Prefer a different format or want to view the magazine offline? A PDF is also available individually or included with a premium membership. Your input is highly appreciated. Let us know what you thought about Issue 34 here on the TrailGroove Forum, or contact us anytime. Thanks for reading and keep an eye out for Issue 35, due out later this summer.
  18. Read Online Download PDF Contents: Jargon: Passes, Saddles... Trail News Trail Tip: Keep Your Pillow in Place Skiing Around Crater Lake Hiking Greenbrier in the Smokies The Canyons of Southern Utah Backpacking the Pecos Wilderness Tarptent Scarp 2 Review Gear Mash SW Style Backpacking Pudding Media: Podcasts Wildflowers in the High Desert PDF Version Read Online Download PDF In This Issue: Canyonessence Smoky Mountains Pecos Wilderness Crater Lake Tarptent Scarp 2 SW Style Dessert Podcasts Yakima Skyline Trail
  19. Before completely cutting aluminum foil out of your cooking repertoire, I suggest you read this: http://www.snopes.com/cooking-with-aluminum-foil-puts-you-at-risk-for-alzheimers/ This doesn't mean there is no risk, but the risk is likely to be pretty small. A lot smaller than eating fresh water fish (with its accumulated mercury and other toxins, for instance). I wouldn't eat foil-wrapped food every day, but a few times a month is very unlikely to cause you any harm.
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  21. Hi, I am a 26 year old man and I am completely new to backpacking. I came here in an attempt to meet experienced backpackers in the area to develop friendships with, learn from, and enjoy the precious natural world with. I do not know anyone actively engaged in backpacking, hopefully I can find some friends here!
  22. My name is Daniel and i live in the coastal bend region of Texas. I recently traveled to Colorado and did some hiking to see formations and mountain ranges out there. needless to say, i was instantly hooked on the freedom and adventure. this brings me to the reason for typing this post. as soon as i finish my summer courses i want to travel around Texas hitting as many hiking trails, parks, and everything that comes with them. I will have about a 3 week break before fall classes. I was thinking of traveling clockwise around the state but seeing as i'm a amateur i was hoping that this forum will connect me to people who have experience on these trips and can give me insight to how i should go on planning, preparation and perhaps a route of roads i can take that will help me hit as many spots efficiently. i am open to any advice anyone may have. thank you in advance for any help.
  23. When it comes to backpacking gear and especially the big three or four (shelter, sleeping bag, pack, and pad) there are two schools of thought to meeting the needs of different types of trips across the different seasons. On one hand, one can choose to select from an array of seasonally specific choices – for example having 3 sleeping bags with different temperature ratings that ideally fit each trip at just the right weight. On the other hand, one could just choose gear that fits every trip without always being ideal, but is still workable. No matter your approach, when it comes to tents the Scarp 2 from Tarptent could potentially find a spot in either approach to gear as a shelter solution.The Scarp 2 is a 2 person, 4 season capable, silnylon double wall tent from Tarptent that offers a generous 52x86 floor plan, 45" peak height, and 2 side entry doors with matching vestibule space. A single aluminum arch pole is required for setup, and optionally 2 additional crossing poles can be added to make the tent mostly freestanding (2 stakes or snow anchors are always required at the head and foot). The crossing poles help with setup in snow or on rock, and add significant snow load and wind capability. Without the crossing poles and for 3 season use, the tent requires a total of 6 stakes... Find our full review of the Scarp 2 from Tarptent at the link below in Issue 34: Tarptent Scarp 2 Review Issue 34 Page 1
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  25. Although the quintessential image of backpacking is of alpine lakes, thick forests and craggy peaks, deserts offer the well-prepared backpacker breathtaking scenery and an opportunity for longer hikes months before most mountains have melted out. Desert backpacking is typically associated with the iconic landscapes of the Southwest and destinations such as Canyonlands National Park, Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, Grand Canyon National Park, and numerous other national parks, forests, and monuments – particularly in Arizona and Utah. Somewhat surprisingly, some excellent springtime backpacking in desert landscapes can also be found in the Northwest. Idaho, Oregon, and Washington all have extensive arid landscapes that offer backpackers a chance to hike and camp in places that offer remarkable contrast to stereotypes of soggy Northwest woods or Rocky Mountain majesty. The Oregon Desert Trail provides hikers with a lengthy route through that state’s high desert and the Owyhee River area and Craters of the Moon National Monument in Idaho are opportunities to experience the beauty of arid environments. The expansive desert east of the Cascade Mountains in Washington, especially in the area around the Yakima River, is a unique and incredibly scenic area for backpacking and is ideal when the crests of the Cascades are still covered in feet of snow... In Issue 34, @Mark reports on a scenic and wildflower packed trip in Washington's high desert along the Yakima Skyline Trail. Read the full article in Issue 34: Wildflowers in the High Desert: Early Season Backpacking in Eastern Washington Issue 34 Page 1
  26. We all know a better night's sleep leads to a better next day of hiking. While the most ultralight of pillow techniques calls for using extra clothes, stuff sacks, water reservoirs, or anything you can find all stuffed into another stuff sack, many of us are already wearing the majority of our clothing in our sleeping bag, leading to a bleak build-your-own pillow situation. This case calls for a separate (and more comfortable) dedicated pillow, but how to keep in on your sleeping pad at night?... In our trail tip from Issue 34 we look at one way to keep that pillow from sliding off your sleeping pad during the night - find the tip here: Trail Tip 34 - Keep Your Pillow in Place Issue 34 Page 1
  27. Gear that caught our eye while putting Issue 34 together - find our latest mashup below: Gear Mash 34 Issue 34 Page 1
  28. @PaulMags with the latest news from the trail - take a look at the latest outdoor headlines in Issue 34: Trail News 34 Issue 34 Page 1
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