Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Amazing Fall Hikes in Loreto, BCS, Mexico

When it rains more and gets colder in the Pacific Northwest, I head to our place in Loreto, BCS, Mexico where I find myself leading and going on some amazing hikes up the many arroyos that pour out of the Sierra de la Giaganta mountains and into the Sea of Cortez.

Future hike up Ligui Canyon. This was our turnaround spot.
This year, I began posting my hikes on the Villages of Loreto Bay Facebook site as well as the Loreto Bay Owners site which has increased the number of experienced and first time hikers from just me on the first hike to 52 hikers recently.
Ligui Canyon Group
Tabor Canyon Group
Pinturas Canyon Group
2nd Pinturas Canyon Group
Del Borracho Canyon Group
Pinturas Canyon with Hollidays and Clarks
The week before the hike, I tell people what hike I am doing and whether we need 4 wheel drive cars to go up some of the dirt roads and riverbeds. We meet up and carpool to the hike site, which is almost always anup and back hike so that those who decide to stop along the way at one of the many pools or waterfalls can rejoin us for the hike back to the cars. These are not normal hikes with trails, but rather boulder hopping up the river beds that change from season to season.

After the hikes, we stop for food and beverages at a couple of our popular restaurants---the Clam Shack right on the Sea of Cortez that serves delicious stuffed clams, fish, ceviche among other entrees, and Del Borracho's that serve Del Borracho burgers with all the fixins' including cooked onions and bacon or enormous taco salads washed down with Negro Modelo beer in pitchers on tap.

Clam Shack

Del Borracho's

Both during the hikes and afterwards while waiting and eating our lunches we have an opportunity to meet and talk with others who we have seen from season to season or get to know new people who's common interest is hiking and exploring this beautiful place in the Baja.

I really enjoy hearing from people who have lived down in Loreto for up to 10 years, but it was the first time they experienced hiking up these water filled arroyos. The scenery just took their breath away as well as for some, a quick plunge into one of the cool and refreshing deep pools.

 

Here are some pictures of our Loreto Bay Hikers along with the places we experienced. My first hike upon returning to Loreto was just me on the Pinturas Canyon hike. After that those that joined me increased from 18 to 22 to a record of 52 hikers that ventured to the Ligui Canyon hike that involved a convoy of eight 4 wheel drive cars and 52 hikers about 3.5 miles up the river bed to near the entrance to the canyon. 22 of those hikers scaled the "scary wall" to continue up the narrowing river filled canyon. After about an hour, we turned back with more of Ligui Canyon to explore on another trip,

2nd Pinturas Group
Tabor Canyon Group
Del Borracho Canyon Group
Ligui Canyon above the "scary wall" area.
At the Ligui Canyon "scary wall" area.
Deep pool in the Pinturas Canyon.
 
Del Borracho Group
Pinturas Canyon cascades
 
 
Del Borracho Group
Ligui Canyon Group as the canyon narrows,

She forgot to take water.

I am hoping the Loreto Bay Hiking group continues in my absence and I look forward to resuming these hikes mid March when I return to Loreto.

 

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for these delightful shots of a group enjoying nature. Lovely scenes.

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