Category Archive: hiking

A Couple Hikes in Achenbach Canyon

The Achenbach Canyon trailhead was a new discovery for me in the Las Cruces area. For whatever reason I never saw descriptions of the canyon before when I was looking for potential hikes… Continue reading

Really, Really, Really Need to Start Reading Trail Descriptions: Black Range Crest Trail, Gila National Forest

After weeks in the desert I was in serious need of trees and mountains. So on a whim – as in, the morning of – I decided to hike in the Gila National… Continue reading

Always Taking the Hard Way: Sierra Vista Trail to Pyramid Peak

I have a history of taking the most difficult route. My friend Terry in Utah also afflicted with this syndrome and the two of us have frequently joked that we really need to… Continue reading

New-ish Scrambles Around Soledad Canyon, and Abby Asserts Her Independence

On one of our first weekends, Abbs and I went to do some scrambling in the Organ Mountains. Seeing as we’ve hiked all the official trails in the mountain range numerous times (except… Continue reading

Moving On: Return to Las Cruces and a Few Days of Hiking

We left Santa Fe just after New Years Day, arriving the same afternoon in Las Cruces where we set up for a 3+ month stay with Mesilla Valley Habitat. Our appearance was a… Continue reading

On Solitude and Walking in the Woods

True solitude is found in the wild places, where one is without human obligation. One’s inner voices become audible. One feels the attraction of one’s most intimate sources.” — Wendell Berry There are… Continue reading

A Las Cruces Recess

Seeing as the Santa Fe Habitat construction site would be closed for Thanksgiving break, I decided to use a couple of my vacation days for Tuesday and Wednesday to build with Mesilla Valley… Continue reading

Stroll on the East Fork Trail

By the time we were looking to do our next hike it was the middle of November. Though the day we chose was warm the previous week had not been and there was… Continue reading

Just One More: Lobo Peak via the Italianos Canyon Trail

As the fourth weekend in October rolled around and there still wasn’t any snow, we had the opportunity to hike another peak. With our amazing excursion to Wheeler Peak from the previous week… Continue reading

The Highest Mountain in New Mexico: Hiking Wheeler Peak

Miraculously the mountains still had not had a significant snow by the third week in October. As Callahan and I began to consider the possibilities a local volunteer named John told me he… Continue reading