We drove from Los Alamos for just over an hour to the Rim Vista Trailhead just north of Abiquiu Lake. The Rim Vista trail takes one up to the top of the mesa in the background here. This photo was taken from just along highway 84 near Abiquiu Lake.
The scenery near Abiquiu Lake is reminiscent of southern Utah with brightly colored sandstone.
At the Rim Vista TH. Cougar Country! But then again, when I'm around Allison it always is.
The trail is 2.5 miles out to the vista making for 5 miles round trip with 1,300' gain
The start of the trail has recently been re-routed due to a washout in the original trail. The new route is heavily marked with pink and white ribbon.
Great views abound. This is looking towards the Ghost Ranch area.
Fritz taking in the view. Even though the goal is to reach a nice vista, there are nice vistas all along the way.
In case you haven't heard, green is the new black.
The trail is marked with blue diamonds on trees although they aren't necessary--the trail is well-defined.
The bark beetle infestation of the mid-2000s was rough on this area
Very little snow for late November. Snow only existed in a couple of shady, north-facing slopes along the way.
A very productive rock cairn garden. And growing!
As we neared the top of the mesa the views got better. Abiquiu Lake came into view.
The worst part of the trail was this short little scree slope just before the top of the mesa.
After a leisurely 1.5 hours, we reached the overlook. Here, the rim vista trail intersects with a trail called the Salazar trail which, judging by the ATV tire tracks in the dirt, is vehicle accessible, from somewhere.
Tempting fate and the old adage, "geologic time includes now"
A storm was brewing from the southwest making for some dramatic clouds and good, flat lighting.
Close-up of Abiquiu Lake
I would have put my right hand on Allison's shoulder but currently I cannot make that movement. We hiked/jogged down back to the car in less than hour making for a fine morning outing.