The calendar says we are just half way through spring.  The temperature says we are fast approaching summer, a season too hot for me to enjoy much hiking.P1000448So I took advantage of one of my trips north for readings to stop at one of my favorite New Mexico sites: Three Rivers Petroglyphs.P1000467The petroglyphs are crowded on a small, narrow ridge, an outcrop of dark rock.  P1000461The scratched signs are many and varied.  I haven’t researched them.  Some are obvious, others less so.P1000454

On this trip, I didn’t bother with the explanatory booklet.  I just took pictures.  Lots of pictures; enough to share more another time.  Three Rivers is located on U.S. 54, north of Alamogordo and south of Carrizozo.


The Other Side of the Mountain

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Recently I wanted to get out into some green.  I decided to visit Picacho Peak.  The name is redundant, since “picacho” is Spanish for peak, but that doesn’t seem to trouble anyone.  There is one in Arizona, too.  Like the one near Las Cruces, it is an isolated mountain.

Looking west from Las Cruces, the mountain looks very dry.  To climb it, one goes through several housing developments and some private land to a BLM parking lot on the western side.mtn from parking area

To get to the peak from the parking lot one must go through an arroyo and a few other ups and downs.arroyo

After that the trail is surprisingly straight.  In this closer picture, the hole at the right is along a particularly steep part of the trail, which then angles up across the picture to the outcrop (a small dark splotch) at the left. closer to mtn

That outcrop was a far as I got.  The trail is steep and I was definitely out of condition. I don’t think this trail was laid out by recreation experts, but by people who wanted the shortest way to the top.  I estimate I got about half way up the one and a half mile trail.outcrop

But it was nice to be on a green slope for a while.  Here’s a view from part way back toward the parking lot. to parking area