April 18, 2018
Maybe we picked the wrong direction or trail, but this trail system presents like an advanced trail, not intermediate. This trail has some serious exposure with offshoots that can jettison you off a 200 ft cliff.
After a fun climb from the parking lot, we picked the middle ridge to start. It started with a steep flowy downhill, but were quickly faced with deteriorated trail conditions that dropped significantly to unsafe, barely hikeable trails. Against our better judgement, we began to hike-a-bike down, but quickly realized the trails were not safe to continue. We climbed back to the top where a local guided us clockwise around the west ridge. The exposure was unsettling, so we decided to opt for a trip to gallup which is more intermediate friendly.
Pros: The views are absolutely amazing. The beginning and west ridge are an absolute blast. Locals are super friendly and awesome.
Cons: exposure, deteriorated (middle) trails, unclear side paths of trails that can lead to dangerous results if you aren't familiar with the trail