This year, our family round-up was in Taos, New Mexico. We couldn’t quite corral everyone but we got close. The LovedOne and I went out ahead of the rest, both to finalize housing and to get acclimated to the altitude (Taos is at 6,969 feet) with a starter hike. After consulting the hiking oracles, we picked this popular loop hike, which is in the Carson National Forest right on the edge of town. It offers views out across the Rio Grande Valley and seemed like the ideal place to start our acclimatization. We quickly learned to start all of our hikes, including this one, early to get ahead of the heat of the day.