Dancing with the Devil: Climbing Baja’s High Point

Picacho del Diablo

The attempt of Picacho Del Diablo is not a summit to be undertaken lightly. The map shows a 13 km trail, so you practically have to figure thirteen hours of route finding. But first, after just thirty minutes or so of hiking from the east side trailhead, you come to the most ingenious cow-excluding device known to geologic engineering. There is a little two foot waterfall into a turquoise blue pool about three feet deep. Yes, it’s only five feet, […]

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Twelve Days from the Tutuaca

I met some crazy people the other day. They looked normal, but when they said let’s go to Mexico and run practically unknown rivers, I knew  they weren’t that in touch with the real world. Sure enough. They live in a world of their own. I’m glad they shared a bit of their “separate reality” with me. The thrust of the undertaking was to start on the Rio Tutuaca near the Dolores mine, and by raft and inflatable kayak navigate […]

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Birding Hikes in the Copper Canyon?

Michael Huckaby hikes the Copper Canyon.

Erin writes: I’m a gal traveling solo (with dog) and plan on spending 1.5 weeks in the Barrancas del Cobre region and am looking for advice. I have a truck and a safe place to keep it in Baltopilas and Creel. I am an avid birder and naturalist and am looking for some birdy multiday and day hikes. Do you have any insight as to good spots for eared quetzal or military macaws? I just finished reading the PG and […]

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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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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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Copper Canyon Adventure–Part II

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. Part I Next morning, the trail continued down more steep, rocky switchbacks; and then we were at the Rio Urique, lifeblood of the Copper Canyon. The river was about 40 to 50 feet wide, with alternating areas of boulders with deep water pockets, […]

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Copper Canyon Adventure – Part I

People’s Guide correspondent Mike Huckaby is an avid hiker who runs a guiding service in the Copper Canyon. This is the first installment in a three part series on Mike’s most recent canyon adventure. by Mike Huckaby of Copper Canyon Trails With freedom from the encumbrances of full-time employment, wanderlust bloomed like spring wildflowers, and a perfect alignment of the stars foretold another fun-filled hike along the trails of the Copper Canyon. I had bamboozled a couple who lived nearby […]

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