Anali and I hiked up to the base of the actual name sake basaltic monolith at Wagon Mound which was an important landmark on the Sante Fe trail. We were unable to make the final ascent because it was too steep without climbing gear. However, upon closer inspection the north side appeared to have a notch heading west that looked promising but difficult. We really couldn't tell without getting closer and even that would have taken some doing on some dicey scree slopes.
Wednesday, December 28, 2011
Anali, Jan and I flew into Albuquerque and spent the night in a hotel near the airport. We had a nice dinner at a resturant called Artichoke on Central Avenue near downtown. Anali and I got up and hiked early the next morning in the foothills of the Sandias. Then on to Springer and Jan's home to visit family.