Tres Orejas

Sunrise on the way up

8 JULY 2022 W5N/OT-026

Route: Cross-country
Hike Distance: .8 miles round trip
Elevation Gain: 530′
Navigation: Easy
Steepness: Steep
Vehicle: Passenger car
Road: 9 miles dirt (dry weather only!)
Cell Coverage: Indeterminate. My phone had to be reset after this trip.
Hike basics

Last winter I attempted to do Tres Orejas but turned around about half way down Star Road. The muddy ruts were simply too deep and I kept slipping into them. I did not want to get stuck. This time the roads were mostly dry but the deep ruts were still there, like they were set in concrete. Such is the nature of the volcanic mud on the Taos Mesa. I followed Tom K6TAA’s instructions and was able to take Whitedog, my Tacoma 4×4, up the side road a ways to a nice, secluded parking area in the Carson National Forest.

The hike is short and steep with even a short 3rd class section. The view of the Taos Mesa and Sangre de Christo Mountains at sunrise was breathtaking. It was a little too windy to fly Chester the drone.

The station looking north
Dos Orejos and Mount San Antonio looking northwest
The station
Flying ants
You can see why this is a dry weather road only.

Published by wringmaster

I'm a graphic artist in the movie business. When I was a kid I got interested in astronomy. When it would get too cloudy to observe the heavens, my buddy and I would sit at the VFO of his Hallicrafters S 38c like safe crackers trying to coax faraway signals out of that humble radio. My love of astronomy and radio survive to this day fifty+ years later.

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