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birdheadTrail  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 10, 2017


Carried Evan to the summit. His first peak!
Posted Jun 11, 2017 3:49 pm

Stu BrandelBig Grassy Knoll  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 15, 2016

Stu Brandel

After a serene and pleasant hike up through the endless grassy meadow that makes up the top of the mountain, I was amazed at the truly vast grassland of Valles Grande. Wonderful 70s F hiking near noon.
Posted Jun 15, 2016 6:55 pm

mountaingazelleCerro Grande  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 6, 2012


It was interesting to see the burn areas on Cerro Grande. Good view of Valles Caldera from the summit. I saw several elk on the lower part of mountain.
Posted May 10, 2012 1:01 pm

stinkfootSurprise elk!  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Apr 12, 2007


Bumped into an elk herd on saddle; beautiful view of caldera from summit.
Posted Apr 16, 2011 4:09 pm

strudolyubovNice hike  Sucess!


Nice hike. Awesome views of Valles Caldera.
Posted Jul 21, 2009 12:12 pm

davebobk47Nice  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Apr 24, 2009


One of the nicer hikes in NM. Great views. Tons of Elk sign but I didn't see any.
Posted Apr 25, 2009 12:33 am

MoapaPkback before it was legal  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 31, 1983


I read the instructions from Ungenade's book, and parked my car and started up; there was no trail back then. I knew the Baca Land Co. had given the land to the USPS back in 1976, with the condition that the USPS put up a 2-strand fence along the west side by 1979.

Surprise, surprise! It was Labor Day weekend, the cops were out, and gave me a 7-year probation in lieu of a ticket, when I returned to my car. It turned out that the USPS was unable to meet the requirement (which a private citizen could have met in a few days), and decided to deal with potential trespassing (people who might stumble 1 mile off course and enter Baca land) by making it illegal to climb the mountain. They were going to give me a fine, but I went through the logic with them, and eventually they admitted they were "enforcing" because they screwed up.
Posted Dec 14, 2008 2:06 am

Garon CorizQuick Half-day Hike  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Dec 13, 2008

Garon Coriz

Snowed the night before, which increased the beauty several fold.
Posted Dec 14, 2008 1:11 am

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