On what promised to be a hot day 26 hikers set off for this higher Hmong village, 4 in a car and 4 on motor bikes, and the rest in 2 song taos. The ride took about an hour, and we were soon on the trail a bit after 9am. I expected us to take about 4 hours to complete the hike, but the group seemed to be in a hurry with 9-10 hikers out in front. The first half of the hike was a continuous downhill on a wide dirt track for an hour.
We then turned onto a narrow steep trail into an orchard and followed it until it crossed a small bridge over a stream and turned up hill. Soon this came out on a main trail where we turned left and continued up until it came to a T junction with the main road. Again we turned left, and after a rather long uphill climb arrived back at the village. Two faster hikers managed to beat us by about 15 min. We had covered 8.4 km. in less than 3 hours so it looked like we would have a long wait at the coffee shop.
Those in the car and on motorcycles left after about an hour, and the song taos showed up about 1:30 after we managed to contact them, so we were back down by 2:30. A nice hike, not too over-taxing!
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