New Mexico Tech Wilderness Encounter, Big Hatchet Mountain & White Mountain Wilderness, NM


In 1971, I was hired to institute a Wilderness Program at New Mexico Tech, in Socorro. The following forays were with students who had enrolled in that program.

Big Hatchet Mountain (elev. 8441′) is located in the boot heel of New Mexico, and rises  4000′ above the playas found to either side. It is a BLM Wilderness Study Area, and the Continental Divide Trail passes through the range.

The White Mountains Wilderness is accessed from the Three Rivers campground, found on the west side of the White Mountains, not far from Tularosa. This volcanic range culminates in Sierra Blanca (elev. 11,973′), which is located on the Mescalero Apache reservation. Sierra Blanca Ski Area is found on the opposite, eastern, side of the range.

The first four photos seen here are from the White Mountain Wilderness, the following photos are from Big Hatchet Mountain.

The creek

The creek

Two trees

Two trees

View to the southwest

View to the southwest

View south to the summit of Sierra Blanca

View south to the summit of Sierra Blanca

Big Hatchet Mountain

Big Hatchet Mountain

Sign to Highlonesome

Sign to Highlonesome

The approach

The approach

Summit view to the north

Summit view to the north

Summit view

Summit view

Summit view to the south

Summit view to the south

On the descent

On the descent

On the descent

On the descent

About believesteve

I am a photographer and have published a book of photography and accompanying text on running the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon. The first (print) edition is out of print, but a second edition is available as an iBook (eBook) through the iTunes bookstore. All Grand Canyon, river and nature lovers will enjoy my book: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/the-grand/id672492447?ls=1
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