With 10057, Gallo Peak & Capilla Peak.
I hiked up via the Ox Canyon Trail. No water in any of the springs shown on the map in that canyon. Hiked along the Crest Trail to the peak. Spent some time reading the summit log, in which I noted the names of a couple of SPers. Then back and over to the Valencia County HP along the Salas Trail. Very high south winds. Then back to the Crest. Met three hikers heading down the Salas Trail to JFK Campground to complete a pretty large loop dayhike. I camped in the saddle near the intersection of the Crest and the Red Canyon Trail. High winds and snow overnight and into the morning. Hiked back to the trailhead via the Red Canyon Trail and Box Spring Trail. I figured 4500 ft accumulated elevation gain on this route. By Forest Service maps and trail markings, it was about 15.8 miles.
Other than the blow-downs over the trail, the hike was just about perfect. The temp was not too hot or windy until the summit.
The summit register is toast though. I think the inside of the mailbox got wet, and the papers inside seem to be crumbling (the mailbox itself is fine). Anyone is welcome to fix that with a new mason jar and a fist full of index cards or paper. Just thought I would mention it.
Oh and don't get fooled by the false cairns at a subsummit near the saddle. Obviously several people have thought that was the summit...and didn't go the last .4 miles to the true summit.
views are terrific looking west from summit
Left ABQ with Whitny, Nizhoni, and Matt around 11 am and eventually made our way to Red Canyon Trailhead. We saw the map at the start and decided on Ox Spring Trail instead so we drove down the road an extra 10 min. It took us 2 hrs 50 min to reach the summit and 2 hrs to get back. The was snow and lots of leaves on the ground. Luckily, the winds were weak and the sun hung on longer than expected.
Hiked to the summit of Manzano Peak via Kayser Mill Trail. Some snow on the trail with lots of bear prints. Great view from the summit.
As others said, hard to find the TH after the fire. Once we got going it was an easy and fun hike. LOTS of bear sign (scat and prints in the snow). Still some big snow drifts along the crest but not too difficult.
Fun hike! Still pretty big snow drifts right up at the top, but they'll be gone shortly. Saw lots of hawks, cactus flowers and a bear. Summit register was labeled "Jack Burns" (Abbey's Brave Cowboy): nice touch.
Hiked this peak a long time ago with the rest of my boyscout troop. We had a ton of fun on this trip.
The start is hard to identify since the fire: the Kayser trail is the disused road (closed in one direction) at the high point of the main road. An easy hike, even if the trail wanders all over the hillside in idle switch-backing.
Great in the summertime! Tons of Monarch butterflies on their way South.
Long push to visit both Valencia County's HP on the range's west side, and Manzano Peak (Torrance County HP). 15 mile day. Great views, very enjoyable day.
Went up Red Canyon and down the Kayser trail for a fantastic loop. What an area, so isolated and so close to home!
Walk-up with good summit views.