This is the approx route we did on MapMyRun. It is 22 miles approx and climbs up over 13,000'.
One of the Ski hills in Taos...
What a great hill repeat that would be!
What we're here training for....
The Golf TDI that has taken me to so many races and training runs all across the country...228K!
Our starting altitude
Deb painting shot
Our starting trail
We saw Bighorn, which you'll see in later photos and is why we didn't bring the dogs.
These people were going back and forth with us for awhile until we left them in the dust ;-)
The rear horse is from Texas and was having difficulty with the altitude.
I'm ready now!
This is the BoW's trail, rocky and steeper further up
Here they are again!
Deb having a good day...
I'm so lucky ;-)
Bull of the Woods pasture
A yurt at the top of the trail
Now we go into a not much traveled area
It was beautiful and very quiet up here
Blow me down!
We're about to enter private property, unknowingly. It wasn't posted.
An old worn trail sign
The private property road
Powerlines we were following
Deb up ahead on the road
Because we now know this is private property and had a slight run in with the property owner, we will no longer use this route.
Gate entrance at the far end of the road, where it is posted
We came down from the other side of that gate, we're now going to Middle Fork Lake
It is a nice trail
That follows a river
Another river crossing, to do the out and back to the Middle Fork Lake
It was a nice road, but went up and up
It was about a mile up from the river crossing
It was an awesome lake up near 11,000 feet!
A happy couple having a great day...
Inge and Ted Parker, we met as we were running back down.
They live in Taos and are in their 70's.
Now back at the bottom and heading to Lost Lake...a 4 mile uphill trail
Wheeler in the distance, we'll be on that later today
A little rocky, but it's uphill so we're walking ;-)
Some sections of this trail were really nice, wish we were going downhill!
Some views along the way, this is at 11,100'
This section of trail was our favorite of the day, reminded us a lot of some of Hardrock
A dropoff and views to our left
Deb wanted to get a pic of me
Same shot, but zoomed out to show where I'm standing
Many of the pine trees had red tipped branches...these are not pine cones.
Up, up we go.
Scraggly trees up around 12,000'
Yeah, there was still some snow up here
More Hardrockish type terrain
Some water waaaay down there.
Rugged terrain up here
We stayed straight
A garden spot up high
So wet and green!
Deb's creation...it reflected the day we were having.
There were many snowfields to cross, but I hear we won't have many at Hardrock this year.
We had some company just to our left, a herd of Bighorn sheep
There's the guy
A male and his harem
They were shedding, as you can see...or at least the male was.
The herd was only about 30 feet from us and unconcerned
Mmmm, he likes that!
We stopped for lunch at Horseshoe Lake.
It was so windy you can hardly hear me...
As we start up the trail to the ridge, looking down on the sheep herd.
You can see how close the trail is to where they are.
We were sitting having lunch to the left in front of that windbreak.
Horseshoe Lake, a little over 12,000 feet.
Nice image of the lake and the ridge we'll be on soon
Looking to my left (West)
Deb gets ahead of me as I take pictures
She's crankin' at 12,500'!
It was so windy up here, Deb got blown down several times
We're now up on the ridge heading towards Wheeler Peak, this is where we came from
Wheeler Peak plaque
The trail on the ridge where we headed
A great view of the ridgeline trail, all above 13,000 feet
Looking to my right (NE?)
Looking to my left, that's Taos Ski Valley
Deb starting down off the ridge.
(Guess I better clean the lens)
Horseshoe Lake from up on the ridge
This is a pretty cool trail
Wind was so strong, we had to walk at times
You can see the trail switchbacking down through that hillside
Getting hot down here, so we stopped to remove a layer
Deb's trying to figure this one out ;-)
Looking back from where we came
Our car is parked down there somewhere
Doesn't seem to be getting any closer
So down we continue
This is the end of the loop and start back down of the lollipop stick.
3 miles downhill
22.5 miles, 7 hours, 15 minutes, lots of climb and descent :-)