Going about 1.5 miles down the Santa Fe Ski Hill Rd to Aspen Vista
Looking south towards the Sandias in ABQ
Aspens were a brilliant yellow down here, up higher they were past color
Where we turned up the dirt road and began our journey in the Sangre De Christos
Up the road for 5 miles or so to the Ski Hill,
It was a brilliant sunny day all day.
KZ and Deb heading up ahead of me on the road under the golden aspens
Some aspens looking mighty fine
Up higher we hit some snow
Lots of it!
We're probably up over 11,000' here
The views begin
Where we live, the Jemez Mountains
Gibbs plopped down in every bit of snow he could find, both dogs loved the snow
It's nice having the dogs come along with us on these adventures
Marley sniffing where Gibbs' butt was ...
...and always seem to be happy and smiling, too!
Looking down one of the ski runs
The snow is a little less up here due to the intense sun we've been having this past week.
Los Alamos from the Santa Fe ski hill
The next several photos are a series of a 180 degree of shots from left to right showing the view. I'm going to try and stitch these together into a panorama, if I can.
On, on up the road and to the trail. The snow was ankle to knee deep up here.
Trail to the right to Deception Peak (12,320')
From Deception Peak looking back at the Ski Hill
Lake Peak (12,372') up ahead
This area/trail is along a knife edge with precipitous drops on either side, scary with the snow covering.
Great views, though, that's Baldy in the distance, our final peak.
Looking down at the Lake that I'm guessing this peak is named after.
Pentitente Peak up next.
Looking East from the ridge trail.
Another view looking towards Pentitente Peak.
Yes, this is the trail the dogs are on ;-)
Looking down into the snowy bowl to our left.
Another shot looking straight down...
...too rocky to glissade ;-)
Kevin is having a great day in the Sangres, Deb didn't want to come up to the edge.
It's a "wow" day for Kevin...
...Marley is just a natural up here.
Marley on the edge
I believe that is the summit of Lake Peak. We're not going up there!
Back on the trail, which skirts the eastern side of the knife edge.
Gibbs and Marley led the way.
Looking over at Pentitente Peak, our next destination.
Deb coming up behind me in the snow, we're now on the northern side of the ridge and the snow got deep in spots.
Looking ahead at Gibbs waiting for us.
Deep snow, scary drop to the left and dogs running back and forth = not good!
One could easily step off the edge if not careful, but the dogs had no problem or no fear.
Raven's Ridge and Baldy
Gibbs taking a break in the deep snow
Walking along the north side of the ridge in the deep snow
Heading up Pentitente Peak (12,249')
Deb, Kevin and the dogs coming up behind me along a nice cornice of snow.
I hiked up to get a shot looking along the edge of the cornice
Up they come!
Looking back at the Santa Fe ski hill
Marley and Gibbs waiting for Kevin and Deb to arrive
These shots are a 360 degree view of the view from Pentitente, which I hope to stitch together when I get a chance.
More of the Pecos
Beginning to look East
Kevin and Deb arrive on Pentitente with the ridge we skirted behind them.
Deb in the distance with the kids...we took a short break on Pentitente and are now heading to the trail down into Puerto Nambe.
KZ having another great NM experience today!
Heading XC down to the trail
Now on the trail, Deb and KZ comes up behind me.
Nice slightly downhill trail with a few inches of soft snow covering it.
Several blowdowns on occasion slowed us down.
Running down the trail...
Now down on the Winsor trail
Our destination next is Baldy
Taking it easy all day, training is done for this year, it's now time for R&R.
Deb, Gibbs and Marley heading up the trail to Baldy
The ridge we just went along. Lake Peak is the pointy one in the center, Deception to it's right and Pentitente to it's left.
Looking up the ridge to the Baldy Summit, to the right.
Looking down a snow slope, now this might be some good glissading, but then I'd have to find a way back up!
Dogs up ahead of us on the ridgeline.
Kevin behind me, we're all getting tired now.
Looking down into the bowl to the right.
Deb, KZ and Marley
Snow is getting more and deeper as we near the summit.
KZ coming up behind...lots of postholing in between the rocks made the going slow.
The trail to the summit
Behind me comes Deb and KZ.
Nice shot of the ski hill to the right and across the valley.
Santa Fe Baldy summit (12,632') and windbreak, full of snow.
Gibbs looking back for mommy
Now they're both looking for her.
Nice cornice up here
Looking out into the Pecos Wilderness
In the background is our earlier travels, in the foreground is the ridge we came up to get here.
Nice view of almost the whole loop.
Deb and KZ arrive..Kevin was on the phone with Michelle R. back in Massachusetts.
Our home, the Jemez...to the west.
Looking along the ridge we came up
Marley had no fear, Gibbs was cautious.
They hear something back there.
Marley standing on the cornice. We had to keep calling her to stay off of it.
This is a great shot of a beautiful dog in beautiful wilderness.
She's not even a year old yet and has had a lifetime of experiences that most dogs will never have.
Running towards something, possibly the Mountain Bluebirds that were flitting everywhere up here.
Deb called her back away from the edge.
Deb, Gibbs and Marley up near 13,000'
Another shot looking back at where we traveled. It's awesome up here and one of my favorite places in NM.
I'd like to snowshoe up here in the winter.
Heading back down in the deep snow.
Marley near another edge, she just likes being high looking down, much like Tucker did.
Back on the Winsor trail heading back to the truck.
Aspen leaves on the snowy trail.
Some Aspens about past their color.
Looking back up at Baldy in the sunshine with some Aspens in the foreground.
Almost time for Winter...another year gone for these trees' leaves.
This is the uphill we've learned to hate
One mile all downhill to the truck!
...and this is what the trail was like most of the way down...very nice.
We had a wonderful day today introducing Kevin to the Sangres.
21.5 miles in 8 hours, 29 minutes.