by Jim and Melanie
For months, we have hiked ever increasing distances and terrain to prepare for hiking in the mountains near Taos. This day, we chose to hike the Devisadero Peak Loop trail just to the east of Taos. We look out the windows of our casita to see these mountains as the sun rises over them in the morning. We arrived soon after 8 am. It was still about 48˚F. The climb was from 7200 ft up to 8300 ft. The trail continued after the peak. It looped around and followed the contours of the mountains back down.
We reached an early vantage point early in the climb which looked out over the town of Taos and the valley beyond.
A lot of prickly pear cactus grew along the trail. Care needed to be take not to bump your ankles onto it.
We were pretty well acclimated by now…
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