Top of Mitchell.
Lots of trail work will be needed.
Looks like there is still a lot of pine trees, but unfortunately the trail only passed by one little area of green trees.
The trail goes between these burnt trees
I fear that there will be lots of erosion here and actually along most of the trail
If you pay attention you can follow the trail
Trail going up the hillside
This was an area that we fixed a few years ago.
We used both rocks and logs to build up the trail.
Only the rocks are left.
This area was just dead trees from the Cerro Grande fire and lots of bush.
About 0.4 miles down the trail from Guaje Ridge. All the trees in the center of the photo are dead.
This the really bad locus section. Most of the locus are gone now, but I am sure that they will come back even worse :-(
Video from approximately 0.5 mile down the trail.
Trail is looking good here.
I had thought that the trail would go into some live pines, but these are all going to or are dead.
Already evidence of water damage. This will all look much different if the area gets a big rain.
In some sections the trail is gone. Lukily I remembered which way to go.
Sign of life
These aspen are already a few inches high.
Video, which way to go?
Water has been through here already.
This is the little log that goes across a drainage. It is still strong!
The trail goes up another drainage for a bit then cuts right
Live trees!!! The only ones on the trail
Video of live trees. The things that make us happy!
Not sure why that one spot of aspen is still alive?
And this Aspen is growing new leaves.
About 0.85 miles down the trail.
The trail just disappears for a bit here.
Last little climb before dropping into Guaje Canyon
The drop into Guaje Canyon
It took me a little bit to find the switchbacks
The last 20 feet into the canyon did not burn.
Hard to tell from the phto, but there has already been a flood though here.
Debris at the top of the ladder.
This log was still smoldering just a bit.
It looked like flood water was flowing down on the left side of the ladder at some point.
Climbing back out. I was going to go further, but it was just too depressing to be down there.
One last photo looking up Guaje Canyon.