Copper Canyon Correspondent

Rio Batopilas bridge 2013

What’s up Down There The paved highway from the junction at Samachique to Batopilas is progressing relentlessly. It has reached the roadside capilla where the 5am bus used to stop to allow folks to give thanks coming up, or where you could climb on top of the school bus for fabulous views of siete pisos going down. That popular capilla is now in the bottom of a ravine. Rubble from the road widening project is being pushed downhill, creating talus […]

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Crossing the Sierras

Spitting and Sputtering Our Way Across the Dusty Sierra Madre Carl Lumholtz’s description of crossing the Sierra Madre Occidental in 1890 leaves one quaking with fear of the unknown. Not much has changed in 120 years, but the opportunity to try to retrace his route left us shaking with anticipation. Near the beginning of his journey in Sonora, he describes leaving Granados for Bacadehuachi, and Nacori Chico. This extant route is for four-legged foot traffic and vaqueros only. We checked […]

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1st Annual Caballo Blanco Hike

Hiking Copper Canyon

Divisadero to Urique 2013 March is the best time of year to hike in Copper Canyon, and we took advantage of some free time in our schedules to get some miles in. We’ve been hiking to the ultramarathon in Urique for the last 6 years, but since this was the first year that the race director Micah True was absent, we’re dedicating this year’s hike as the first annual Caballo Blanco Memorial Hike. The last two years we’ve hiked in […]

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Feast of Thorns (Part Two): Tramping the Sonoran Sierras

Hiking in Sonora, a valley of palms in the dry desert

editor’s note: We interrupt the ongoing coverage of The Frank Holton Memorial Road Trip for a much desired update from our favorite Copper Canyon correspondent. The camino real we had been following up and down, and in and out of arroyos and up and over ridges finally ended at a rancho with a corral, a cattle chute and a couple of buildings. The metal cattle chute and trash from store-bought snacks were an indication that a road wasn’t far away. […]

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The Copper Canyon Beckons (Again)

Michael Huckaby hikes the Copper Canyon.

This Pamachi hike is something that’s been in the works for a long time. Guaguevo, while more remote distance-wise is actually less remote being a Mestizo town. When we got there in 2008, we found out that the road from Samachique (at the highway turnoff) had beaten us by two years. We arrived there on a Palm Sunday. We hiked up from the Rio Urique and watched the festivities. Segregated throngs of Tarahumaran men and women listened as interested but […]

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Finding a Trail from Divisadero to the Rio Urique

Michael Huckaby hikes the Copper Canyon.

This post is a continuation. Any ordinary tourist would promptly get back on the train when the whistle blows at Divisadero, and lament all the way to Creel about not grabbing his or her gear and jumping off the train. But let’s say, you do give in to the impulse. Let’s say you get on the train, and sit down and see your gear, and say, “what the hey”; and just before the train lurches forward, you grab your gear […]

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Finding your Way: First Time at the Copper Canyon Rim

Michael Huckaby hikes the Copper Canyon.

The train stops in Divisadero to tease visitors. It doesn’t matter which direction you’re traveling, you’ll be rewarded with a breathtaking view of the Barranca Urique. It’s overwhelming! Not just the view, either. Whether you’ve been traveling with like minded people searching for new sights and sounds, or with folks checking off bucket lists, or with incidental tourists; unless you’ve been here before, you don’t know what you’re in for. Before your feet even touch the platform as you step […]

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In Memory of Caballo Blanco

People’s Guide correspondent Mike Huckaby remembers the legendary Micah True, who passed away suddenly this March. True forged ties with the Tarahumara community and instigated the famous Copper Canyon Ultramarathon.  by Mike Huckaby I remember the first time I met Micah. It must have been 1996, and we were coming back from a big Semana Santa celebration in Norogachi. We had taken the five hour dusty, rutted dirt road in by way of Cusarare. Noragachi sits on the banks of […]

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Copper Canyon Adventure Part III

By Mike Huckaby People’s Guide correspondent Mike Huckaby is an avid hiker who runs a guiding service in the Copper Canyon. This is the second installment in a three part series on Mike’s most recent canyon adventure. Read Part 1 and 2 Here We filled up too, and started on our way. Down and up. Up and down. The Tarahumarans you meet on the trail aren’t known for conversation, but what talk there is usually centers on arriba or abajo. […]

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