Fourth of July Hike

It's been a while since we went out for a hike, and decided a few days ago that we'd go back to the Circle Trail at Hyde Memorial State Park for the Fourth. The dry weather recently seemed to promise a better trip than last time, but the recent high temperatures (mid-90s) meant that we needed to make an early start.

So we collected Jett around 8 and headed to the Santa Fe Baking Company to fuel up. We were out on the trail by about 9.

It starts out going up, as we learned on our first attempt. And today we discovered that it just keeps going up. For just shy of an hour-and-a half, we climbed up. Plenty of stops along the way to catch our breath and enjoy the views (as best we could; pesky trees always seemed to be in the way). It was also a good chance to catch up with Jett, who we haven't seen in a while.

Plenty green up there. The past couple weeks or so, it's been clouding up in the afternoons and looking threatening, but rarely doing anything in town. But if the radar's telling the truth, there's been pretty consistent rain up in and on the other side of the mountain.

The trip down was quicker — and steeper. The trail eventually loops back by way of the picnic areas and campgrounds, and we were back at the car by around 11:45.

By the time we were ready to sit outside this evening, maybe do a little grilling, the clouds rolled in, the wind picked up. And then it started pouring. About 10 minutes of strong rain, maybe another 10-15 a little lighter. Some more spitting rain a bit later, but now it's cleared up enough for fireworks around the neighborhood.


Dori said...

Isn't this the hike we went on? The one with the caves and the similar downpour, except it was while we were hiking back instead of while we were trying to grill?

Bram said...

Nope. When you were here we were out at Bandelier, by Los Alamos. Last time we were out there, with P+T et. al., we got rained out before we made it to the ladder.

This hike's up on the way to the Santa Fe Ski Basin.