A warmer day in southern New Mexico so we headed up to Cloudcroft to find cooler temperatures for riding. Cloudcroft sits at around 9,000 feet and offers several possible routes for scenic bike rides. No snowplows today!
A little exploratory bike ride to the northern part of Lincoln County - perfect riding conditions for the majority of the ride, then we encountered a bit of rain and hail during the last nine (9) miles back to the town of Capitan...
It was a perfect day for hiking so we decided on some trails that we had not done before because we'd need to start earlier to cover the longer distance. We left from Argentina Canyon Trailhead in the White Mountains Wilderness northwest of Ruidoso. Our trail guide said it would be close to 10 miles and we ended up with 11 miles.
Today we went back to a trail (Nogal Canyon) that we had hiked before and added two other trails to make a nice six (6) mile loop. We started at the Nogal trailhead and hiked Nogal Canyon Trail to the Tortolita Trail and then to teh Crest Trail - making a loop around Nogal Peak.
Today's ride started in Capitan, New Mexico - home of Smokey the Bear! Our goal was to explore three different gravel roads that we had not ridden before - hopefully no gates to block our way. We parked at a nearby gas station in Capitan and then rode east on US 380 to get ourselves on to Capitan Gap Road, some really nice looking gravel.
Today I decided to do an exploratory ride on some gravel roads (fire roads) within the Fort Stanton - Snowy River Cave National Conservation Area just NE of Ruidoso. I am glad I was on a bike with wide tires and low gears as the road went from smooth gravel to rough (very quickly). Heather let me go out on my own - as I anticipated that the roads would not be to her liking - I was correct.
I thought I had mapped a great bicycle route with some seldom traveled gravel roads - hoping for a nice 34 mile loop in the foothills of the Capitan Mountains of New Mexico. We started out from Fort Stanton and rode State Highway 220 to US 380 about seven miles - then we turned on to Forest Service 57 to start our gravel portion of the ride.
A chance for rain in the afternoon so we set out to the Argentina Trailhead north of Ruidoso to hike a loop of about eight (8) miles this morning. Cooler temperatures in the 60's made for a very comfortable hike as we would eventually climb to 9,200 feet.
Today's forecast: high of 81 degrees with 26% relative humidity - so we chose a morning hike on a trail just off the upper canyon area in Ruidoso. At the end of Perk Canyon Road is the trailhead for Trail #93 (Perk Canyon) and #92 (Perk Ridge). We hiked out on Perk Canyon, later this trail connects back to Perk Ridge for a nice loop.