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Brian (Buck-30)
Begins: Mar 31, 2014
Direction: Eastbound

Daily Summary
Date: Thu, May 15th, 2014
Start: Sandia Crest
End: Albuquerque
Daily Distance: 6
Trip Distance: 737.0

Journal Stats
Entry Visits: 855
Journal Visits: 25,150
Guestbook Views: 1,843
Guestbook Entrys: 14

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Day 46

The End

I woke early and was hiking before 7 at about near freezing. It was a few mostly forested miles on the east side of the crest and then one final climb of 1,000' up to 10,200' and the worlds longest tram. This was my end! I may catch some flak from Disco and Skittles since they hiked the 9 miles and 4000' down to the base of the mountain, but I think that finishing at 10,000' and then taking a tram 4000' down the mountain is a pretty cool way to finish. I'm calling what they hiked the GET "approach trail" (like on the AT and the endless conversations as to whether you hiked the approach trail or not!) The tram down was super cool for the 15 minute ride and thankfully when I got off it was warmer and I found the warmest sunny spot indoors I could. Skittles had hooked me up with a friend of his from the AT, Dude, to stay with and he came to pick me up. Great guy and nice to have all kinds of hiker stories to trade.

It's getting tough to rank and/or compare trails, but the GET was easily one of the most scenic and challenging trails I've hiked. I may have complained about trail conditions, but there's no arguing that the GET isn't amazingly scenic the entire way.

I'd be remiss if I didn't mention Blisterfree, the trails' creator. I often thought about how one person could have possibly created an entire trail, mapping and then continued to update everything and do reroutes as necessary and even trailwork! He's created quite anamazing legacy.

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Grand Enchantment Trail

The Grand Enchantment Trail is a 730-mile wilderness walking route across the Southwest U.S., connecting mountains, deserts, canyons, and places of cultural and historic interest. Beginning in the Sonoran desert near Phoenix Arizona, the route meanders eastward, crossing unique and diverse Sky Island mountain ranges, deep and water-blessed desert canyons, the pine-studded Continental Divide, and toward the southernmost Rocky Mountains, where it descends dramatically to the outskirts of Albuquerque New Mexico at its distant terminus. Learn more: www.simblissity.net/get

 

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