"Wilderness is not a luxury, but a necessity of the human spirit..."
So true! Most of my hiking this summer has consisted of local hikes in & around town... which is great, but I really love going deeper in to the mountain wilderness. Last week, a friend I had the same midweek day off... so off to the mountains we went! Our hike started out at the Santa Fe Ski Basin, around 10,000 feet and had us hiking 11 miles up & over 3 peaks~ Deception, Lake, & Penitente. (12,320, 12,409 & 12,249 ft respectively.)
View from Raven's Ridge looking over the burn area from last years Pacheco Fire~
and up to the peaks we would soon ascend.
Climbing higher, we reach & surpass tree line to the summit of Deception Peak... just to the left in the distance.
I am always amazed that these tiny, delicate, beautiful flowers grow in such high, rugged, windswept country!
We are rewarded for our climb with amazing views in all directions, and breathe deep the thin, clean air.
|View into the valley from Deception Peak.|
|View from Lake Peak down to Nambe Lake Basin.|
|View from Lake Peak|
The trail crosses one of the last snow banks of the season, ascending to Penitente Peak in distance.
View of Santa Fe Baldy from Penitente Peak. I love the scale & how the trees look so miniature.
Back into the valley, we stroll through one of my favorite meadows.
The remainder of our hike is an easy stroll after the descending the Peaks, and I take in all the detail & beauty that nature has to offer.