This is a Class I Canyoneering Trek, with slightly different canyon characteristics than most of the Alamogordo area drainages. There is a very open approach, followed by a mile of jumbled, bus size boulders, followed by a narrow but open canyon... ascending up to the high point of Horse Ridge where the hang gliders soar from. All of it is interesting, but the boulder jumble provides the most fun. The off trail climb out of the drainage and onto the ridge is a bit overgrown, but not too bad. It makes for a longer day... not for those without a reasonable degree of conditioning, but not anywhere as difficult as Marble Canyon south.
DISTANCE is 9-11 mi round-trip, loop…. Depending on where we access ridge.
ELEVATION GAIN is in the 3,000’ range, depending on where we loop.
FEES: None. Of course, if you carpool, please compensate your driver for gas!
DURATION: All day…
PET FRIENDLY? No…
SKILL LEVEL is NOT beginner friendly. No whiners!
TERRAIN includes minor bouldering, and off trail over and through all the sticky stuff! Please bring appropriate gear.
WEATHER may include thunderstorms. could be cold & windy on ridgeline.
AFTERWARDS I go home… you drive.
MEET for carpool at: to be determined?