The morning I got up to head up to Clayton Lake, I was greeted with a flat tire. After ascertaining that there was no where to get a tire fixed in Clayton w/it out costing me about 100 bucks, I made some calls and found a place – 84 miles away. I inflated the tire, it dropped like a stone. I swapped out to my donut in about 5 minutes and headed out to Raton.
I got to the place in question, and after figuring out that the tire had a bad valve, and an oil change, I was talking to Brian, the counter guy. I told him the flat tanked my day for hiking. He asked if I had my stuff with me. I said yup. He directed me to Sugarite and even told me the two best trails for hiking and for views.
After dishing out some cash for shirts and stuff at the visitors center, I headed up the Coal Mining trail.
Then! I headed up another trail, and when I say up, I mean – straight up in some places. The views there after were stunning and well worth the climb.