Dog Canyon - Tejas Trail - Blueridge Trail - Marcus Trail - Bush Mountain Trail

 
 
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The Trail begins from Dog Canyon, the colors on the trees were dazzling in the sunlight. 
 

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The Tejas Trail follows the canyon floor then begins to climb up the canyon wall. 
 

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The trail becomes a long, steep climb; Ilse decides to sit and rest some. 
 

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A view of upper Dog Canyon from the trail along the canyon wall. 
 

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The trees change with the altitude; Douglas firs grace the view. 
 

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We continue to climb, the views keep getting better. 
 

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Finally we reach the top of the canyon and can see beyond. Our next goal is hike beyond Lost Peak. 
 

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Phillip along the Tejas trail near the junction with the Blueridge Trail. 
We camped for the night, sleeping under the open sky near this point. 
 

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Ilse along the Blueridge Trail in the morning light. 
 

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A view from along the Blueridge Trail. A heavily forested area of juniper and pine. 
 

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Some fall color can be seen in the high country also. 
 

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We turned onto the Marcus trail to take us back north again. The vegetation begins to change again. Note the forest to the left and the high desert to the right. 
 

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We are back in the open high country. The view to the north is breathtaking. 
 

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We followed a ridge down, the tail begins to follow West Dog Canyon. 
 

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The orange and reds of the maples can be seen along the dry creekbed at the floor of West Dog Canyon. 
 

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As the trail continues to drop we come out into the grasslands. 
 

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We then turn east onto the Bush Mountain trail and the trail begins to climb to go over a ridgeline separating West Dog canyon from Dog Canyon. 
 

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The climb becomes somewhat steep in places, the sun is hot. 
 

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We *think* we have finally reached the top of the ridge, enjoy the view. 
 

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After a little more distance we realize that the top is still ahead. Ilse is not too happy. :-( 
 

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Finally, the top and in the far distance we can seen Dog Canyon. Ilse does a happy victory dance (not shown).
 

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Over the barren hills, a thin line of red maples can be seen along the floor of Dog Canyon. 
 

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As we drop down into the canyon, the grasslands reappear. The mule deer watch us with a mixture of curiosity and distrust. They run away when we get too close, but then turn to watch us pass. 
 

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As we reach the end of the trail, we are tired and happy to be back But we also wish it could last longer. We look forward to our next visit to the mountains and canyons of the Guadalupes.