Up from the state park is the USFS campground at Red Canyon. Off the horse campground portion is Spruce Creek Trail. This is about a 1700 foot climb in 3.5 miles to the Crest Trail.
A view to the northeast of the valley grasslands.
By 9400 feet we were seeing snow.
Ah, which way?
Close to 10,000 feet and looking northwest, on the other side of the range. Albuquerque is a bit farther to the north. Little to no snow at this elevation. A LOT different than the Rockies.
Another view to the northeast.
Nearing the bottom of Red Canyon, more rock. The descent through Red Canyon does multiple crossings of a small stream. It is also used by horses.
A small shelter cave.
It is fairly dry, but these Virginia Bluebells don’t seem to mind. A nice ending to a 7.5 mile hike.