Archive for Carson National Forest

Cebolla Mesa.Carson National Forest New Mexico, USA

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on October 4, 2017 by gerilewis001

Standing on the rim of the Rio Grande gorge inhaling and exhaling the mixture of Sage , Pinion Pine and Juniper as several ravens heckle me, I notice a heard of Big Horn sheep just a stones throw away. Looking into the gorge a few hawks or eagles scout out their prey.

Just a typical early morning out on the Cebolla Mesa. The hike down to Rio Grande is arduous. The trail is slippery with alluvial rocks and debris. The accent is twice the effort as the rise in elevation is quite staggering. Yet the strenuous physical exertion is well worth the effort. The area is majestic!  My assignment for the day was to clean up an abandoned camp site, investigate a stump fire. I was allowed to burn most of the abandoned camp as it was not worth the effort to back out.  The Cebolla Mesa is quite remote and all the safety essentials and precautions are necessary to have a safe outing. The weather changes on the turn of a dime as vicious thunder storms and severe lightning and flash flooding are normal occurences. By the way Cebolla Mesa is onion table in the Spanish language. I have not found and wild onions yet however

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Kachina Peak Taos New Mexico

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on July 7, 2017 by gerilewis001

 Kachichina  Peak   is te second highest peak in the Sangre De Christo Mountians. Located in the Carson National forest in the Taos ski valley. Kachina Peak clocks in at almost 13oooft. Remarkably the chair lifts go to the top of the peak.  During a rountine patrol of camp sites and other maintanence duties the last site (Wheeler Lake Trailhead.) on my route up the Taos Ski Vally in the Questa Ranger District is actually adjacent to the privatly owned ski resort.  I drove to the saddle and bwas greeted by John Castillo who kindly suggested I take the lift up and have my lunch on Kachina Peak.

Spectacular my be to tame a word to describe the view. Perhaps Splendifiourus? As the rest of the southwest is roasting in triple digit heat. I am cooling out  at a collected 79 degrees. I decide to make a snow angel just for kicks after washing down my lunch with fresh alpine H20. So incredible the rise in elevation and various climates that can be experienced in just a short 45 min drive and 20 min lift chair ride! From the desert and high chaparal to alpine medows and snow! I sure hope I am around for ski season as Taos Ski Valley is world class!