Summer Mountain Walks


PART FOUR: Views into the canyons to the south


As we continue our walk eastward along this ridge, called North Wilderness Ridge, the views into the tributaries to McKittrick Canyon get better:

At the very center of this photo, on a ridge behind the foreground ridges, there is a peak with a flat top about two centimeters long.  That is Guadalupe Peak, the highest point in the range and the highest point in Texas as well.

Next time we come here, we will go farther east on this ridge, but daylight is beginning to wane so it is time to turn back:

Well, almost time to turn back, seeing this line of alligator junipers made me want to follow them to see what the lowest one in this line sees:

This lowest one has a nice view:

This is what is sees: McKittrick Canyon...

So now we hightail it back to the car, and appreciate the low light of the coming evening as we look back on the ridge we were just on to look into the canyons to the south:

This is a look back into Devils Den Canyon from trail 3008:

A magnificent tree soaking up the sun's last rays for the day:

A look toward McKittrick Canyon that we seem to have missed on the way up:

By the time we are back to the car the low light makes everything really bright and pretty:

And here is the reliable beast, with well over 200,000 miles on it, it still takes us where we want to go.

We will come back soon to do more Devils Den and to walk closer to McKittrick Canyon from North Wilderness Ridge.

In fact we tried to do this the very next week, but as you can see on the next page we got rained out!!

Go to fifth Guadalupe Ridge walk page: RAINED OUT, short walk on Tejas trail instead.

Go back to first Guadalupe Ridge walk page: ORIENTATION and start of walk

Go back to second Guadalupe Ridge walk page: SHORT DETOUR down Devils Den Canyon

Go back to third Guadalupe Ridge walk page: VIEWS from higher points on the ridge

 See the Guadalupe Ridge Road and take a short walk on a road/trail branching off it.

 See Lonesome Ridge from a trail branching off Guadalupe Ridge.

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