Why visit the area in November? Our friends at Menasha Ridge Press, who serve as the guidebook’s publisher, relay this message to us from Ausherman:
“If summer sun or winter ice deterred you from hiking here before, then it's time to reconsider the stark granite uprising of the Ladrones,” Ausherman said.
“As an added bonus in November, tens of thousands of migratory birds flock to nearby Bernardo Wildlife Area. Snow geese, sandhill cranes and bald eagles are among the high-profile aviators that crowd this 1,675-acre watering hole."
Climb as little or as much of Ladron Peak as you choose. (Photo: Steven Ausherman)
Fine views await ambitious hikers, though even those with less determination can enjoy a shorter version of this route, as Ausherman explains in his description:
“Each new mile begins with an incremental challenge. How far you get depends entirely on how hard you want to hike," he writes.
"Elevation enhances the views, of course, but you don’t have to go far for wide-open vistas in all directions.”
Desert terrain in mild autumn weather is a nice treat for inquisitive hikers. If you’re making an autumn visit to the Albuquerque area, keep this sunny trip in mind.