Starting at our house on the upper left, following FR 10 and some 4wd jeep roads to the Cerro Pelado Rd. I then go down a non descript trail north from the summit of Cerro Pelado. Many blowdowns on this trail, hard to get through it. I then follow some trails between Cerro Pelado and Los Griegos to the Ketty Lake area, then following a dirt road in between Peralta Canyon and Los Griegos back to the Sierra Los Pinos Association...approx 15 miles.
Just walked down the hill from our house, this is FR 10, which will take me up into the SF National Forest.
That's Los Griegos in the far distance, I'll be running around that today to get in a 15 miler and to see the fire damage from the Las Conchas fire.
Back on FR 10
Gibbs and Marley are pulling me....21 miles yesterday didn't affect them one bit!
The entrance gate to the Santa Fe National Forest...MTB'er ahead of me.
Redondo Peak in the clouds, looks like another rainy day.
Cattle guard at the top of FR 10 where it meets Cat and San Juan Mesas.
Take a left here, leaving the main rd.
Dogs are on high alert, must be cattle in the area, time to leash them.
I stopped taking pictures for the past 7-8 miles, to see some photos from 2007 of this loop, go to https://picasaweb.google.com/ultrastevep/CerroPeladoLoop
I am now entering the burn section of the Las Conchas fire. This road leads down into Peralta Canyon and back to our house.
Notice the burnt trees
...but looking behind me down towards Ketty lake it's all green!
Peralta Ridge is all black
Dead trees on Peralta and Los Griegos sides
...but there is green on occasion!
Patches of green amongst the burn
Moonscape on both sides of the road.
Los Griegos to the left, Peralta canyon to the right.
More green, with every corner I turn it's different.
Another corner, burnt on both sides...Gibbs is depressed seeing this...actually he's thinking "Why did we stop?"
Los Griegos side...here once was a tree.
Dead trees, green grass.
Peralta canyon side
Some work done by the firefighters.
This tree looked like a big spider or something
Los Griegos, green returning in the burned areas.
Los Griegos, this area was hit hard, will all be barren soon.
Looking at Los Griegos through Peralta with the road switching in the background.
An example of what a lot of the runoff looks like up here.
Looking down into Peralta Canyon
Burnt to the left, some green near the antennas,
Peralta Canyon...all dead.
More moonscape in Peralta. This must be where the fire screamed up the side of the mountain.
Redondo and the Valles Caldera in the distance.
Burnt on both sides of the road
Looking up Los Griegos
These pictures are from an area Deb and I found which is an old camp, possible herders.
This is looking towards the way I'm going, down the road.
On top of the hill are some beautiful spruce that are burnt.
To my right up on Los Griegos, more dead trees.
Flowers growing in the burnt areas.
Los Griegos hillside
A stand of Aspen on the Peralta Canyon side are burnt, but new sprouts are growing out of the roots.
Even some of the old logs in the road that we have become familiar with on this loop are burnt, most likely from the heat.
And as I turn yet another corner, I see green trees among burnt trees.
Marley and Gibbs were chasing something and come running back to me when I whistle in this more green area.
The lower i get, the greener it gets. I'm at around 9000' right now.
Green, untouched trees.
Looking down this area of Peralta Canyon looks good!
Green and lush with remnants of the firefighters work in the road.
If I didn't have the dogs leashed, they would have been chasing those cows for sure.
What are you looking at?
Redondo in the sunshine
Cow trying to hide from my dogs ;-)
There they go, mama and baby...
The dogs were dragging me in the dirt, together they weigh about as much as i do!
This was a big bull, oh oh! See the balls?
He could care less about the dogs and just meandered away. Luckily his horns were sawed off...I didn't dare get beside him.
He finally ran down into Peralta Canyon.
The intersection to the road that will bring me back to my association...I go left here.
The road home...
This is not far from the fire area, we lucked out.
The next intersection is High Rd, which is now gated, never was before!
Now on the other side, it was comical trying to get through the downed tree with two dogs on a leash.
Looking down High Rd. with Redondo lurking in the background.
Back in my association now with a fitting road sign.
Los Griegos from a distance, looking over Bootzin's meadow.
The burnt trees are hard to see, but the burnt area that I went through is on the extreme top left of the mountain.
Cerro Pelado is hiding behind Los Griegos.
Home sweet home!
...and I beat the rain!
Modus Hoperandi in a Hardrock glass, some dirty La Sportiva Electrons and two tired dogs...nothing like it.