Start: near Mogolito
Stop: near Canada Jarosito
Total miles: 579
The tent is dewy and wet. The temp hovers around freezing. All that translates into a cold start. But let’s look on the bright side, my shoes are not frozen! Flat, muddy road turns into a torturous uphill climb through blowdowns. It’s the slowest and most dangerous hurdle race ever. I only put one tiny hole in my arm. Fun Size is super kind and waits for me at an awkward turn in the trail.
After lunch at the closed Upper Canjilon Lakes picnic area we (Mountain Spice, Fun Size and Shannon [possible trail name Serena Williams]) climb up over 10,600 ft. where we run into a bit of snow. It’s not too bad and I only posthole a handful of times. I don’t notice it but my gator slips up my ankle and ice melts into my shoe.
It’s one of those low energy days and I drag myself along. After getting some water, we find a dead coyote in the road. And not long after seeing a couple horses that seem like they could be wild, we find a sweet camp spot under tall ponderosas.