This will be a hike of roughly 8 miles give or take a couple with two substantial uphill climbs. We'll start at the Otero Canyon trail head, heading up the canyon but taking the first branch to the right(west) up onto the ridge on the west side of the canyon. We'll make a turn to the south following the ridge line until we near the AFB boundary. At that point we'll descend back down into the canyon and take a trail that heads up to the ridge on the east side of the canyon. When we get up on that ridge we may vary from the route that I have taken a few times before as we work our way back to the parking lot.