Water Canyon Hike::Synthesis Imaging Summer School excursion
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June 14th, 2008 – by: aerynn
It turned out that Water Canyon was a good fit. We hiked about 9 miles round trip, with a pretty good incline for the first half of the hike. The drive into the Water Canyon to get to our starting point was very scenic. I returned to this area a few days later with my friend Joe, for another look at the road into the canyon, with time to stop and take a few photos of the flowering cacti.
Water canyon does not contain much water, or at least none that we could see, aside from a small, dingy-looking pond (puddle?) on the side of the trail. I'm sure during rain storms this thing really gets going. However, in June, it was a desert. The plant life was a novelty to me, and the views were not really captured well on film, but believe me when I say they were worth the hike! We hiked for several miles on a dirt road, and then went off the road to a trail that ended at an old mine. The hike back, being the same path we had taken up the hill, would have been a bit boring, save for the boisterous group of Italians singing operas on the way.
I highly recommend checking this place out if you are in Socorro. It is about a 20 minute drive from town, and the views along the way are grand. There was also a camp ground located at Water Canyon that looked quite nice, although very hot in the summer!
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