This post WAS to be called "Hiking La Sotella Peak"!
There are 2 skools of thought:
1) The Road Less Traveled
2) When you come to a fork in the road..take it (the classic meaning)
Gabriela and I subscribe to both!
About 10 years ago..I crew-ed on a new yacht sailing from Newport, RI ..all the way down to the Chesapeake Bay and home..BUT in a Tropical Storm ..to test the yachts sea-worthy-ness (motor yacht).
The captain had a GPS and it was soooo accurate that when he plotted the next waypoint..we'd always need to be hyper-vigilent not to run into the buoy that was the waypoint!!!
Since then my faith in GPS has been TOTAL! So..when Gabriela and I hit the trail-head..we normally veer off and bushwack to our destination..La Sotella Peak:
Normal View from Our house and Zoomed in!Just 100 yrds from our place is a canyon (La Madera Arroyo) that empties into the Rio Chama a couple miles away and is, from the other side, Canon (canyon) de La Madera.
This Canon is a Santa Fe NF hike and leads right up to La Sotella. We drove over to the trail-head on that side of the :
Amazing to us..lots of Ponderosa Pine volunteered in the high desert ..lower elevation than our home. The trail is like hiking on a very sandy beach..we decided to bushwack to the high ridges:
The view back to our place and even way up into the 80 miles off in the distance..was spectacular (above).
4 miles in, we ran into this canyon:
We decided to make the hike the La Sotella View Hike OR Vista del La Sotella ..rather than take an extra hour to bushwack/scramble this canyon (above).
I planted and register a Cache with an AWESOME view of the peak in the background:
We hike back a mile or so til there was a reasonable scramble down volcanic stones to the Canon (Canyon):
Spring-Monsoon Watch Out For Flash Floods!The views of the CanyonScape awe inspiring:
Still lots of Ponderosa Pine..amazing:
The very winding and sandy bottom being a longer hike out than in:
And ...back out again near the trail-head ..we found the only similarity to hiking in Switzerland..because if you hike WAY out in the Alps..you're still bound to run into a:
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