(nr Eagle Nest NM)
Before leaving Cimarron Canyon, I took a hike up the mountain on a trail following Clear Creek. There were supposed to be a couple of waterfalls to see. Numerous cascades made the trek enjoyable; but, after an hour in, no falls of reasonable size were found.
A rest and snack was had before heading back down. The tumbling water, rocks, aspens and pines made pleasant surroundings. All of that splendid nature was just for me; as I saw no one else on the trail until almost out of the woods.
Since my legs held up, and I was feeling good, I anticipated another similar hike along Tolby Creek. But alas, that trail was closed May 15 thru July 31; I’m guessing due to birthing season for the elk herds in that area.
I checked out the Tolby Campground which didn’t seem as nice as Maverick where I stayed. Still, it was near to the headwaters of the Cimarron River. At that point, it was then a meandering stream with a mass of wildflowers.
So then, it was on to the little mountain village of Eagle Nest for lunch and to my next camp at the lake.
Camp: Eagle Nest Lake SP drycamp
Scene: Creek, cascades, wildflowers