After our near-death experiences with cliff roads and food poisoning, it’s been nice to settle into our routine in La Paz. Kayla and I have been going for runs along the ocean every day.
She’s been making it a point to catch the sunrise or sunset (or both) every day with me. I don’t give a cat’s tail about the colors, but it’s nice to get outside.
The dogs here are SO mean! Every time we go anywhere, we’re getting barked at constantly. But Kayla keeps telling me to get my stick when they bark, and then we play, so I’m not even mad.
But let’s talk about hiking!
Hiking and Outdoor Adventures in La Paz, Baja California Sur
The La Paz Beachwalk is pretty nice. It’s basically an extra-wide sidewalk that parallels the ocean in downtown La Paz. It’s full of rollerbladers, joggers, and walkers. When the tide is high, you can see schools of fish swimming just below. When the tide is low, rocks jut out from the sand just below the sidewalk. It’s a bit smelly during low tide, depending on which way the wind blows.
It’s about 3 miles total, making it perfect for our 4 to 6-mile runs. But it’s very flat and paved – no really a hike.
Side note: our first week in La Paz, Baja California Sur, we saw tons of dogs walking on the Beachwalk (Malecòn). But on Tuesday 11/13 and every day since, we’ve been told dogs aren’t allowed on the Beachwalk by police and local shopowners. Unsure what’s going on, but we’re avoiding it for now.
AllTrails is kind of failing us here.
There are a few other beach walks, but no real hikes around. Kayla found a few ads for different trail marathons around, though. So she knew that there was some hiking to be found!
We tested out a few other beach walks, but they were inevitably as beautiful as they were flat (very). Full of people and meandering along the ocean for flat miles, they were nice for jogs. But they weren’t really hikes!
The Media Ruta de la Paz a Sargento
After some Googling around, she downloaded the Wikiloc app. This app seems similar to AllTrails, but has more users in the area.
Then she found the “Media Ruta de la Paz a Sargento“ trail.
About 20 minutes outside of La Paz, there’s a big wash. We found cars parked at the end of the road, so we joined them.
Kayla unclipped my leash and we headed out down the wash.
The day was breezy and overcast, yet still stiflingly hot. We headed out along the wash, working hard to move through the loose sand.
After about 0.7 miles (1km), we came across a small group sitting in the shade. Kayla checked the Wikiloc app and could see the trail was about to veer left. She checked with the people while they threw my stick, and they confirmed where to go.
Just a few feet later, Kayla found a makeshift gate in the fence. A series of tree branches woven into the barbed wire, a gate style she’d seen in Panama (but not since).
I almost got my stick stuck on the way through.
The rest of the hike just got better and better. There’s plenty of cows, cow patties, and sand.
Kayla asked me to come walk next to her when we passed the cows. That made me sad, but I did it for the stick.
It’s hot and there are a lot of meandering social trails – but if you make it about 3 miles in, you start to climb on a narrower path up the mountain.
We broke over the hill into a huge valley, full of saguaros and palo verde. Shortly after, I drank the last of the water (ok, I spilled a lot of it, too). So we turned around and headed back.
We might try to come back later this week with more water to explore more.
Author: Barley The Dog
Barley is a four year old border collie who absolutely loves fetch. His zest for life keeps Kayla and Andrew on their toes. He’s also really, really, ridiculously good looking.