Part 1: Starting out, rising gently
The blue blob on this map (I made that) is where we are going: it is called Lost Peak and is about 1500 feet (500 meters) above where the car is parked at the corral.
I was expecting the Tejas trail to wind through the trees I had seen when I did Dog Canyon's north side earlier in the year using the Bush Mountain Trail. The Tejas Trail starts in the woods at the canyon bottom, but then goes steeply up the sides of several layers of rather bare mountain.
At this time is was early December, and Fall color had fled. It was also quite cool, but not yet cold, not until sunset. This is a remote place, 12 miles from Queen, New Mexico, and about 70 miles from my Carlsbad, New Mexico residence. Maybe the remoteness, the lack of color, and the coolness were why the entire day I did not encounter another human. But I did see some deer, so I was not alone.
This is how it started, at a corral near the Ranger Station:
Soon as I was on the trail, walking through grass toward the woods at a quite gentle rate of climb:
Then came the woods:
And a friendly deer in the woods:
The trail rises and falls to stay out of the creek bed itself:
At one point we cross the stream bed and instead of going over the ridge to the left, we follow it and circle around it:
Around the bend, I saw my first madrone trees on this walk:
Just past these madrones we can see past the small ridge we had just skirted and see past it in the direction that we started from:
This was the best vegetated part of the stream channel that the trail followed before starting its climb:
This was the last piece of wooded canyon that the trail went through. It is climbing seriously now and on the next page we are going to the top of that first ridge now in the background, and several more ridges stacked on top of more ridges (or so it seemed)!
After this it is all switchbacks. Thank goodness for trail builders! That is where we will be for all of the next page.
Go to Part 2: Long, sweeping switchbacks
Go to Part 3: Views from the top of Lost Peak
Go to Part 4: A few scenes on the way back down
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