Picachos hiking:  La Campana, N-ridge to Crater Ridge 24 June '18 by PierreNel
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Picachos hiking: La Campana, N-ridge to Crater Ridge 24 June '18

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Picachos hiking: La Campana, N-ridge to Crater Ridge 24 June '18

Jun 29, 2018

How abruptly the weather has changed to bring us multiple weeks of nightly rains! How the vegetation has responded with shades of bright green! Even the flowers on the trails are starting to return!


To revel in the changes brought by the rains, we elected to start from the village of LaCampana and go up the steeply-sloping North ridge to False Peak (8,800'), down to Balancing Boulder and Picnic Rock with the great views, and finally up the steep climb to Crater Ridge below the Picachos peak at 9,200'.

Picture looking down on theCalderon ...

Geoff George Stella Rocio Robin

How abruptly the weather has changed to bring us multiple weeks of nightly rains! How the vegetation has responded with shades of bright green! Even the flowers on the trails are starting to return!To revel in the changes brought by the rains, we elected to start from the village of LaCampana and go up the steeply-sloping North ridge to False Peak (8,800'), down to Balancing Boulder and Picnic Rock with the great views, and finally up the steep climb to Crater Ridge below the Picachos peak at 9,200'. Picture looking down on theCalderon ...

Jun 29, 2018
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Crater Ridge.   LtR  Geoff  George  Stella  Rocio  Robin

Rocio, hiking with us for her second time, had a ball!  I have asked her to recruit some more Hispano-hablantes to join the Gringos and extranjeros, who admire the beautiful vistas provided by her native pais!


The steep up-route provided dry footing after a rainy night. We took a circular route on our return because we wanted to see the Colorado Canyon with cascades of water running down it. This meant the lower section and near the village would present some muddy routes to negotiate. In the event it proved quite passable.


Coming down after a tricky fence crossing. We could soon hear the water cascading down the Colorado Canyon, far below us.  


Plus Maria Robert mid-pic

Rocio, hiking with us for her second time, had a ball!  I have asked her to recruit some more Hispano-hablantes to join the Gringos and extranjeros, who admire the beautiful vistas provided by her native pais!The steep up-route provided dry footing after a rainy night. We took a circular route on our return because we wanted to see the Colorado Canyon with cascades of water running down it. This meant the lower section and near the village would present some muddy routes to negotiate. In the event it proved quite passable. Coming down after a tricky fence crossing. We could soon hear the water cascading down the Colorado Canyon, far below us.  

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In the middle of the grouping: Robert and Maria (white hats),  who took the challenge of this hike for the first time after a long absence.


Right-turn Rock  below
Waterfall @ Rock Turn marker

Right-turn Rock  below

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There used to be a very pretty waterfall shooting out into a pool, next to Right-turn-Rock.

Instead, this familiar boulder landmark now had water running down both sides of it, as the left side waterfall had eroded into a channel and presented a tumbling cascade. The next picture taken from a vantage point lower downstream, displays this better.


Right-Turn Big Rock Waterfall

I wonder how many seasons more it will take for the humungous Right-turn-Rock to become dislodged into the pool below? That should provide a spectacular splash, if happenstance provided witnesses at that moment!

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I wonder how many seasons more it will take for the humungous Right-turn-Rock to become dislodged into the pool below?

That should provide a spectacular splash, if happenstance provided witnesses at that moment!

Tumbling waters mid-Canyon

Tumbling waters mid-Canyon

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Lower Colorado Canyon - more tranquil waters.

Lower Colorado Canyon

Lower Colorado Canyon - more tranquil waters.

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Approaching 9 miles in length, this circular hike left us with sore feet and tired bodies -
       ready for a fast night's sleep to follow.


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