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Mystic Meander...

Cross Post with Alamo Trails: 

 http://www.meetup.com/Alamogordo-Trails/events/226040729/

...possibly the best route we will hike in 2015!

Note: West Side Road and Joplin Ridge Road are in better shape than usual... but it would still be a good idea to drive in using a higher clearance vehicle!

Campsite: 
Lat. 32deg 46' 18.99" NLon 105deg 51' 28.48" W

We'll be dropping softly down into one of the most Exceptional Canyon sections to be found anywhere in the Sacramento Mountains... it will feel like we somehow transported over to the Ozarks...

Lichen covered cliffs, accented with a variety of hardwoods... if we're lucky we'll be catching those near the height of their color!

Our Amble will wind and twist along Bedrock shelves... broken by mostly flat gravel bottom... Easy walking for the most part.

We will pass through Pinon... I counted 10,333 nuts scattered loosely around the gentle hillside approach.

There is a full Elk Skeleton... if anyone can appreciate that!

Bottom Line: Best of the Best of Our Hidden Gems!!

Plan: Drive up Friday night to camp out at the drop in point... or, drive over and up to be there for the 9:30am start on Saturday.

6-7 hours easy...slow...ambling Meander.

How often do you get to hike under tree lined, tree sheltered... rock based,... hardwood colored routes???

This is your chance!!

This will be the first time I've ever taken a group into this cut and along this special route... likely will be a once per year hike!

From North Florida and Hiway 82 in Alamogordo it takes about an hour to get to the hike.

From High Rolls, you follow West Side Road (fr 90) just under 18 miles to Joplin Ridge Road... (fr 90B). Turn right (west) and follow this road over a mile to our Campsite.

Folks may want to coordinate on the Car Shuttle... I plan to go in on Friday... folks will need to set up their own rides!

Our slow pace will likely stretch the day out to 7 hours or longer... plan on 100+ stops for taking pictures... more?

This is a canyon hike but it is below the level of being called Canyoneering... we have one scramble complicated by a pool of water; we will come prepared! All but full Beginners should love the route!

 It is extremely off Trail... but not difficult?

4 miles... less than 1,000' of climbing?

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  • michal

    October 25, 2015

  • michal

    check out the photos over on Google+:

    https://goo.gl/photos/E9Fq2SvrbcJ5QSqE6

    October 25, 2015

  • michal

    I love that route!

    October 25, 2015

  • oscar a.

    What a great hike! fantastic scenery , thanks to organizers.

    October 25, 2015

  • Robert H.

    Quite a nice hike. Small problem getting the Las Cruces contingent hooked up but we finally all got together

    October 24, 2015

  • Laura

    I would like to do this hike, but have not yet gone on an adventure with this group. I'm in Las Cruces, so folks will meet at the Kmart at 7:30 to car pool/make a car train to the starting point? Do I need a big vehicle to access the start of the hike (I do not have a truck)?

    October 21, 2015

    • Yubao

      Anybody who has a four wheel drive (or truck of sorts) should bring it. If not, do not sweat, just come and meet at Kmart at 7:30 by the gas station, everybody should get a ride there (if not driving, that is).

      October 21, 2015

    • Laura

      Thanks!

      October 22, 2015

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi, I'm curious, is this appropriate for kids? Thanks

    October 20, 2015

    • michal

      This is off trail...rougher route...all day...

      October 21, 2015

  • Robert H.

    At this time, I plan to drive up Friday night and campout with Michal.

    October 20, 2015

  • oscar a.

    anybody from El Paso going? call or text me at @[masked] maybe we can carpool.

    October 20, 2015

  • michal

    Picture set of new exit route out of canyon:

    https://plus.google.com/photos/+MichalJa/albums/6206291272861766337

    October 16, 2015

  • Raena

    wish I could go. Sounds like fun!

    October 14, 2015

    • Raena

      Hopefully next time (2016?). I have to go to T R C for work conference that day.

      October 14, 2015

    • michal

      it will go each Fall... 2016 with better notice. We may make it into a combo weekend event... multi day...

      2 · October 14, 2015

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