Sneaky parking just off of highway 84. A couple of unleashed dogs came out from the white trailer and barked as they approached me. I backed away slowly and all was good.
The "trailhead". Jump the fence and get into the arroyo
Nice, soft running. This would be colorful in the fall.
Uniquely sculpted sandstone along the arroyo
A small little arch in the side of the arroyo framed that little butte well
I was just generally headed west and south. Old foot steps in the arroyo gave me a warm and fuzzy that I wasn't lost
After a couple miles of arroyo exploration, I beelined it up onto the ridge and came across this cairn. Another warm fuzzy.
Looking back from whence I came
I soon encountered an old two-track that has seen loads of cattle traffic
Chicoma Mountain on the left and the basalt dike I'm heading to on the right
First view of Window Rock!
The old two-track deposited me here near a cistern and small natural reservoir. From here I headed up the slope left of the Window Rock
A hawk kept a close eye on me as I hiked up to the rock
Looks a bit fragile across the top. Go see it now before it's too late.
The wall is a good sixty feet tall from its lowest point
Walking along the top of the dike looking down
Window Rock frames the Sangres beautifully
The "backside" of the wall isn't nearly as impressive but allows one to stand in the window
On the descent I walked along the base of the wall to check it out
Looking north from the southern end of the dike
The cistern down in the meadow below the wall. I saw some relatively fresh tire tracks going out another way than how I had come in so I followed those out to make for a loop outing
The tire tracks followed a major arroyo with some cool walls along the way
10 second self-timer. Nailed it! (and in only one take.)
Holy shit, the ancient ones have been here.
Very cool sculpted sandstone
I needed a respite so I was thankful for the placement of this loveseat. The matching couch was a quarter mile up the arroyo. From here I reached highway 84 about 1.5 miles from my car and ran back. It was a 10.5 mile, 2 hour outing on an amazing January day.
Google Earth view (looking west) of my route. The upper right point is the location of Window Rock