Nov 4, 2012 · 8:30 AM
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Last year folks thought this canyon might be nicer than Marble Canyon! I don't think so, but it is nice, and it is much easier than Marble Canyon. We will take it nice and slow with plenty of breaks to allow everyone to enjoy this off trail adventure.
This will be a Class One Canyoneering hike moving up and through the drainage, then we will climb out to hit the traversing trail below Ortega Peak... and move across and down "A" trail. That route will include close to 3,000' of climbing... and descending. The mileage will hit around 8-9 miles, bit it is the up/down and full body scrambling that takes the real toll.
This hike will be a good check to see if you are ready to try Marble Canyon!
DISTANCE is 8–9 mi, loop.
ELEVATION GAIN is ~3000 ft gained.
FEES: None. Of course, if you carpool, please compensate your driver for gas!
DURATION: Finish by mid to late afternoon.
PET FRIENDLY? Unless your pet has wings, no.
SKILL LEVEL is *NOT* beginner friendly. No whiners! For "canyoneering", however, this is probably one of the easier & enjoyable ones to see whether you're ready for other ones
TERRAIN Loose rock gravel arroyos, a little bit of class 1 climbing. "A" trail in Alamogordo is a steep walk down.
WEATHER is TBA.
AFTERWARDS we may stop for late lunch in Alamogordo.
MEET for carpool at:
- Las Cruces: 7:00 am, K-Mart parking lot on North Main/US 70 and Del Rey, near Shell. See map (OpenStreetMap or Google Maps).
- Alamogordo: 8:30 am, outside the 10th Street far east fire station in Alamogordo (near the forest trailhead for T119). See map (OpenStreetMap or Google Maps).
- GPS track (may not necessarily follow this same route)