Hiking the Sandia Foothills - Embudo* Trailhead
This morning, I took the plunge - I went on a group hike through the foothills of the Sandia mountains!
While the air was crisp, the sun was bright, and the hike was brisk, I think the best part was all the many memories it sparked of past hikes. I realized that the last serious hike I went on was almost 2 years ago, and I first (officially) hiked over 40 years ago! I kept thinking of Sundays spent at Pinnacles, Muir Woods, and Big Basin, and days backpacking Lassen, Big Sur, and Whitney. And getting off the trail. Or meeting hometown neighbors on a craggy peak. Oh, those were the days!
Well, today I tried out a GPS tracking app (on my Android phone) called MyTrails. So far, I like it - it does what I want, and is not overly complicated. It tracks the route even when it's in sleep mode and in my pocket, and I can still take pictures without interference. My phone doesn't have altitude or temperature sensors, so it's limited in those areas - I take the elevation stats with a grain of salt.
One of the many ways this terrain is different than what I'm used to! Cactus, cactus, cactus...
With some juniper trees (to which, it turns out, I am allergic)
Our hiking path** looped around this cone
And flowers bloom, even in mid-November!
Some interesting rock formations
* Embudo means funnel in Spanish. I don't know why it has this name...
The trailhead (parking lot only) is at the Eastern end of Indian School Road.
** I have *got* to find a map of trails by number! This trip followed 365A-365-400-401. I heard of an interesting sounding trail (through pines!), #140, the Pino Trail, from the Elena Gallegos space.