Up Mountains and down to the beautiful Ghost Ranch scenery and bluegrass.
The day the group of hikers and me left the Del Prado “mice-tel” in Cuba we climbed 4050 feet to a camp at 10550 feet surrounded by large patches of snow. It was my first experience of snow on this hike. Hiking to that elevation was no problem except for the climbing effort and willingness to endure cold, wet feet from the rapidly melting snow.
The weather has turned warmer and I am confident the snowmelt is progressing more rapidly up north. But the camp in a high forest in the San Pedro Peaks Wilderness felt freezing. We made the best of it by building a campfire and eating our evening meals together. I really enjoyed the setting and the camaraderie. Many of us will enter the snowy high country a week north of here at the same time.
The following day, May 20, the CDT descended rapidly into drier and warmer high desert as we drew nearer to the famous Ghost Ranch and it’s beautiful cliffs.
The site is famous, but I love the fact that two of my favorite movies were filmed there: Silverado and the Eiger Sanction. I was amused to walk up to the poolside area where Clint Eastwood punched out a rival spy’s bodyguard!
Back to hiking, I concluded the two days of climbing and descending the San Pedro Peaks Wilderness were the most exhausting of the hike. The numbers below are the evidence to explain why my feet and ankles are tender today at Ghost Ranch, where we are treated this evening to a bluegrass concert!
Day 32, May 19: 16 miles (Gain 4050 / Loss 400)
Day 33, May 20: 24 miles (G 2230 / L 6260)
Day 34, May 21: 13 miles (G 840 / L 750)