More Than One Way to Skin a Cat

It started with a plan to drive in 3 separate cars and meet at the Embudito trailhead. Then the 5 of us would pile into one car for the 20-mile drive around the mountain to the Three Gun Spring trailhead. The hike would end at Embudito and somebody would have to drive back to Three Gun Spring to get the other car. Then Lee came up with a better idea.

We met at Embudito but then Ken, Sue and Russ took our car and drove to Three Gun Spring. Meanwhile, Lee and I started hiking up the Embudito Trail. After a couple of hours on the trail we encountered our 3 friends as they were making their way up the mountain from the other side. We had lunch together, they handed us our car keys and the 2 groups parted ways to finish going back down the way the other group had come up.

After 8 miles of hiking it was good to find our car waiting for us, knowing we could just head home and nobody had to spend time doing a car shuttle. Embudito Trail and Three Gun Spring Trail are hikes that we have done before, but we’ve never had the opportunity to put them together in one nice day hike. We’ve done them separately and then it would be an up and back down hike because it would be too far to hike around the mountain to connect up with the car at the starting point.

No cats were harmed in the making of this enjoyable hike.

Interactive map of today’s hike.

Hike for me and Lee started at Embudito Trailhead.
Hike for me and Lee started at Embudito Trailhead.
About a mile up looking behind us at Albuquerque.
About a mile up looking behind us at Albuquerque.
Looking ahead to the high point somewhere to the left of the 2 green hills where we would meet the downhill trail.
Looking ahead to the high point somewhere to the left of the 2 green hills where we would meet the downhill trail.
Cloudy today but increased visibility across the valley to Mt. Taylor in the distance.
Cloudy today but increased visibility across the valley to Mt. Taylor in the distance.
Leaving desert behind on Embudito Trail and now in the woods.
Leaving desert behind on Embudito Trail and now in the woods.
Quite a few patches of leftover icy snow on the north slopes.
Quite a few patches of leftover icy snow on the north slopes.
Getting high enough to see section of Sandia Crest with the radio towers.
Getting high enough to see section of Sandia Crest with the radio towers.
Yeah! We reached the intersection and now will be descending the mountain.
Yeah! We reached the intersection and now will be descending the mountain.
Lots of interesting boulder piles on 3 Gun Springs Trail.
Lots of interesting boulder piles on 3 Gun Springs Trail.
Through those hills but we don't have to go quite as far as the dirt roads in the distance.
Through those hills but we don’t have to go quite as far as the dirt roads in the distance.
Looking south. Manzano Mountains in the distance.
Looking south. Manzano Mountains in the distance.
View of Albuquerque from this side of the mountain.
View of Albuquerque from this side of the mountain.
Our car is parked down there somewhere at the trailhead in Tijeras Canyon.
Our car is parked down there somewhere at the trailhead in Tijeras Canyon.
Nope, not going that way. Beginning of hike for our friends was the ending point of the hike for us.
Nope, not going that way. Beginning of hike for our friends was the ending point of the hike for us.

Author: bjregan

Enjoying retirement activities. Main goals for retirement are to stay spiritually, physically, mentally and emotionally healthy.

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