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Heart Attack Canyon & APO Open House

  • Mar 18, 2011 · 12:00 PM

With a name like Heart Attack Canyon, how can you resist? Heart Attack Canyon goes up and down the same escarpment as Road Canyon Trail, adjacent to Sunspot.

Later in the evening, NMSU's Apache Point Observatory has an open house (6 pm to midnight—come whenever if you can't make the hike). Like the Very Large Array (VLA) open house, this is one of the few opportunities you get to see the observatory's telescopes and lasers.

Since I'm planning this around the open house, this has to be on a Friday—sorry for everyone who cannot get off early!

Planned route: TBA. Will probably consist of hiking down and up the trail, and a short distance along the Rim Trail. Going to plan for 8–10 mi.

Meet: TBA. Would like to start hiking 2/2:30 pm, and hike till sunset.

More information: Forest Service info about about Heart Attack Canyon; Map of trails in area (OpenStreetMap).

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  • Samat

    GPS track of route I ended up doing: http://www.gpsies.com/map.do?fileId=hbrmansvcunjotey Definitely going to try this again in the near future. Trails were (mostly) in great shape

    March 21, 2011

  • Samat

    Just me, myself, and I. Bothered that telescopes' tours at the "open house" required reservation (I was able to get on one, though at almost 11 pm). Had to abort the San Andres/Heart Attack Canyon, was a bit too dark in the forest to venture on something that strenuous alone (saw 2 elk herds, which means predators are nearby).

    March 21, 2011

  • Samat

    I'm having a fair amount of second thoughts. Planned route is almost 10 mi: http://ur1.ca/3kckz What doesn't kill you makes you stronger, right? Michal, happen to know any closer, passenger-car accessible parking in the area?

    March 17, 2011

  • Samat

    That's exactly the route I was thinking (working on a Google Earth file...). Old airstrip!? Where, exactly!?

    March 17, 2011

  • michal

    Samat... Heart Attack Canyon is further north, past San Andreas Canyon. It is a great training trail, hyper steep in parts, but often covered with loose gravel and sand. It is safer to go up it. You may want to consider hiking down San Andreas, then across FR 90 to the bottom of Heart Attack... then up HA to t105. Also, hiking from the visitor center has a couple of options, the nicest being to loop west behind the observatory and around through the old airstrip. T105 is easy to miss!

    March 17, 2011

  • Samat

    Yes, sunset will be later? means we can either head out at 1 pm or get in another hour of hiking.

    March 15, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    I think we change the clocks ?this weekend -- will sunset be later?

    March 9, 2011

  • Samat

    Noon is when we'd leave town; I'd like to start hiking 2/2:30 pm for 4 hours or so until sunset.

    March 8, 2011

  • Samat

    Road Canyon Trail was the trail we did this past weekend (Dog Canyon to Sunspot). It's the last bit that climbs up to the observatory, starting at West Side Road and ending at APO.

    March 8, 2011

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