Thursday: (02/28) Lou made corned beef hash with eggs for breakfast. I headed off in the Jeep to the trailhead on the same 21 mile loop road we took yesterday. When I arrived at the trailhead at 9am I discovered I had forgotten my phone. The phone is also my camera and GPS so I returned to pick it up. I would hate to not recordmy hike for posterity on Everytrail.com. And I also would hate to not have any photos after the effort. So my hike began at 10am.

Ajo Peak Via Estes Canyon and Bull Pasture Trail


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Estes Canyon Trail to Mt Ajo Estes Canyon Trail to Mt Ajo
I had planned a loop hike out the Estes Canyon Trail to Bull Pasture and return via the Bull Pasture Trail. However Mount Ajo was calling so I continued up to the peak from Bull Pasture. 

Estes Canyon Trail to Mt Ajo Estes Canyon Trail to Mt Ajo
Estes Canyon was very nice. Along the way I say deer and quail,

Estes Canyon Trail to Mt Ajo Estes Canyon Trail to Mt Ajo
The trail from there on up to the peak is very strenuous and not well marked as well.

Estes Canyon Trail to Mt Ajo Estes Canyon Trail to Mt Ajo
While the Estes Canyon trail is fairly easy as is the Bull pasture to where the two trail merge, the trail from the junction on up to Bull pasture is rather strenuous.

Estes Canyon Trail to Mt Ajo Estes Canyon Trail to Mt Ajo

Estes Canyon Trail to Mt Ajo Estes Canyon Trail to Mt Ajo

Estes Canyon Trail to Mt Ajo Estes Canyon Trail to Mt Ajo

Estes Canyon Trail to Mt Ajo Estes Canyon Trail to Mt Ajo

Estes Canyon Trail to Mt Ajo Estes Canyon Trail to Mt Ajo
But, the hike is worth the effort because there is no better view anywhere nearby, You can see a lot of the monument as well as into Mexico. I left the peak at 15:15 and was back at the trailhead by 17:45. .

Estes Canyon Trail to Mt Ajo Estes Canyon Trail to Mt Ajo

Estes Canyon Trail to Mt Ajo Estes Canyon Trail to Mt Ajo

Estes Canyon Trail to Mt Ajo Estes Canyon Trail to Mt Ajo
The hike was 8.7 miles with 3252 feet of climb. It was very strenuous so I only averaged 1.3 mph

We planned to go to the ranger talk tonight so Lou had already eaten her dinner of chicken with rice before I returned. We attended the talk and then I had my dinner.

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