We ended up doing Cerro Grande and added Blue Trail. I went down slope a bit to see what the terrain ahead was like. Had to cross a lot of deadfall which opens up farther down slope. Turned around at that point. We say a large herd of elk (30 or more animals) and that was a day maker. Photos were difficult to get because the herd kept moving up slope away from us. Got a few however. 6.59 miles, 1582 feet ascent, 3:59 hike time. Annette, Jon, Nancy, SK Lund
Well we finally know the name of that unnamed canyon. We also know what that canyon looks like from top to bottom and we like what we found. It was near pure roller coaster fun going down that thing minus the inevitable face plants in terrain that rough. Hell the bushwhacking wasn’t even that bad. We did this jam by car shuttle with one vehicle in a strategic location for access to the canyon and one a the main trailhead at the top of Canon Largo. That saved us about 3 miles of road walking, and gave us a good case of claustrophobia with all 6 of us jammed into Gustaaf’s Subaru.
I’d like to say we would be going back to that canyon and others near it but it probably will not happen. Turns out we were crossing unsigned, unfenced, private property part of the time. We found this out when we pulled up to the other trailhead and found a couple standing next to it and their pickup. They were quite nice about it but they did inform us that we were trespassing. Therein lies the problem with Sabinoso. It is a damnable puzzle with private and public land interspersed and the maps are just flat out wrong a good part of the time. Most of the Wilderness is not accessible despite grand pronouncements to the contrary. You just can’t get to the public without going through private except for that one entrance into Canon Largo.
By the way, the name of that canyon is Canada de Los Ojos. The gentleman informed me of that and he has been here quite awhile.
Many thanks to Los Amigos de Sabinoso. They are Jon, CK, Gustaaf, Martin, and Jim. I hope they join me in giving this trip a 5 thumbs up. We did 7.9 miles, 914 feet of ascent, and our hike took 5 hours and 13 minutes.
We had another great visit to Piedra Lumbre with one of the best photography days I have ever had. Storms are good for photos and we had plenty of that but not too much. Just enough to keep it interesting. We were myself, Ken, Gustaff, Meghan, Ted and Pesta. Meghan and Ted went part of the way. Pesta went with us but when the hike was over she was looking for Ted all over the place. We reunited her with back with Ted after the hike. This is a high value trip for the effort put in at only 5.4 miles and 1219 feet of ascent. It took us 4 hours and 8 minutes to complete.
About the photos. I still need to clean up a bunch of sensor dust and lens flares. Wind and Sun will do that.
February 17th, 2018
Okay so the original plan was to park at the main trailhead, hike down Canon Largo and up the unnamed canyon, looping across the central mesa. After looking at the map some more, I figured the best way would be to park at a strategic location 3 miles from the main trailhead, hike across central mesa, and down the unnamed canyon. That way, if we had to back out, it would be a fairly short hike back to the cars.
After driving 2 hours, Jon wanted to make a day of it so we did the opposite. Hike to the main trailhead (should have drove), down Largo and up Unnamed. Canon Largo is beautiful, has abundant water, even in a drought year, and is an outstanding destination even if you drive from Santa Fe. Things were swell until we got to Unnamed. I knew it was going to be a serious bushwhack. I also knew that the 10 to 20 foot rock band that rings every canyon around here, would be a serious obstacle. It was 1:30 PM by the time we started up the canyon. A lot of time had been burnt and if we were wrong, we would be hiking back or bushwhacking in the dark.
The terrain up that canyon was fierce. I kept looking for a way up and past the rock face that separates lower from upper. I found what looked to be one and headed up. My spot looked great until I got up close and saw an 8 foot, class 5 crack climb. If the angle had been slightly less or just a bit shorter, we could have done it. So close but so far…
By this time it was 2:30 PM and it had taken us 60 minutes to go less than half a mile. Reluctantly we turned around and started the 7+ mile hike back to the truck arriving at 5:00 PM. Thus ends the first try on the Largo Unnamed Loop.
Some 411 on Sabinoso. We saw no one in the canyon. There was a couple parked at the trailhead and no one else. The access road is good to excellent and any passenger vehicle should be able to handle it in dry conditions. A couple was driving down it as we hiked back to the truck. Driving. It’s about 2 hours from Santa Fe or less depending upon how vehicles are in a group, bathroom breaks, etc. It took us 1:45 going up and 2:00 coming back. There is no cell service once you are a few miles away from Las Vegas.
Stats: 14.46 miles (because we did not do the loop) 1631 feet ascent, 6:42 hike time.
The Rimrock Rose Ranch, which was purchased by the Wyss Foundation and turned over to the Wilderness Land Trust, is still private property, and travel is limited to the wilderness access road. In other words, the ranch is not wilderness and is not currently not open to the public. That’s what I can figure out. If you know more, please let me know.
We have unfinished business. I want to go back and finish that loop. Next time a car shuttle would be good and we are going down canyon not up. Want to go with us?
DESCRIPTION: Joaquin Mesa stands apart from but is near the Southern Jemez Mountains. We will climb to the summit and circumnavigate the mesa. The views will be superb.
MEET WHERE:Outlet Mall on Cerrillos Road. Take I-25 South to exit 278B onto Cerrillos Road then take the next right onto Beckner Road. Take the second turn into the parking lot (after passing the hotel). The silver Xterra will be visible in the lot. See the map in this description.
MEET WHEN: Saturday, April 7th at 9:00 AM.
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EVENT LOCATION: Near Gilman Tunnels off of Forest Service Road 376. About 15 miles East of Jemez Pueblo
TYPE: Partial loop and out and back. Exploratory.
TERRAIN: Cross country, dirt road, and rarely used dirt track. Some of the climb will be steep but less than a 27% grade.
DISTANCE/ASCENT: 8.1 miles and 2980 feet of ascent. All mapped.
CONDITIONS REQUIRED and EXPECTED: Dry conditions required 48 hours before event and day of. No high winds in forecast, no storm warnings. Dirt roads will be moderate to rarely used. Cross country will be rough and steep.
HIKE TIME: 6 to 7 hours estimated.
EVENT TIME: 9 to 10 hours estimated.