a Friday on the mountain
Our version of black Friday was to knock out a hike that’s been on our list for a long time, but hadn’t been completed until now. We started in our neighborhood, working our way to the mouth of Domingo Baca Canyon and from there, up, up, and up to the site of 1955 TWA plane crash. The hike starts in classic high desert terrain, quickly gaining elevation and running through pinon and juniper forest. Upward into Ponderosa, scrub oak, aspen and finally into big stands of Douglas fir. Much of the trail follows a perennial trickle of stream which in one spot has about a 30 foot high “waterfall”. Reaching the crash site is pretty somber, knowing 16 people lost their lives here, and there is a small memorial to that effect. The area is scattered with wreckage and people seem to have been respectful of the site over the years. Definitely recommend this hike if you have time.