I've been wanting to respond to the various messages in this thread, but I've been waiting for a friend of mine. I'm not sure if he is solid or not about going, but I'm planning on going next weekend. Probably being in the Taos Ski Area parking lot in my little red Toyota Tacoma by 7 AM on the 27 Sept. Last time I was up there I hiked alone and didn't see anyone for 2 hours. I didn't have a map so I was afraid I was going the wrong way when I saw a marker for the Middle Fork of the Red River. I found out later I was going right and if I went a little farther the trail would turn back West and out of the La Cal Basin. I have a map now. Anyhow if next week doesn't work out, I'd like to hike with y'all. If next week is go time, y'all are invited.