Slog in the Sonoran Sierras – A Feast of Thorns

As part of our long term goal of retracing the steps of the early known explorers of the Sierra Madre Occidental, we set off from a ranch near the confluence of the Yaqui and Sahuaripa rivers on an exploratory hike. We hope to hike from Sonora to Chihuahua this year, but we’re still trying to find the trailhead! Sonoran Sierra Map To scout the route, we hiked uphill from the ranch house to a panoramic vista that offered a tantalizingly […]

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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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