March 23, 2017

Tom and I made it part way up the canyon until we reached a pour off we could not negotiate. As you go up canyon, it gets steeper, closed in, and the soil changes to volcanic ash with sand mixed in. It makes for very poor footing on slopes. Tom had made it all the way to the maar in the 80’s. That’s over now as the canyon has changed much since then. When I got home, I  checked satellite maps and it showed that we were only a quarter mile from the head of the canyon however we could not have gone farther, whatever the case. Although the canyon floor flattens out after the pour off, the canyon walls get very steep, rendering any workaround undoable. We did 5.1 miles with 1614 foot climb. It took us 5 hours to complete the hike.

  1. Tom Morrison says:

    I will be going. The correct spelling in “Pinebete”. The maps indicate that this is Thirty-One Draw. This could be an extremely rough hike and we may find that we cannot venture very far up the canyon. If this occurs we may back-track and visit the Rio Grande. The canyon contains “car sized” boulders and pour offs that we have to negotiate if we wish to hike the canyon all the way to the top of the plateau where the Pinebete tanks are located. There are 3 spots left in my car.

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