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Mule Peak via Mule Canyon

this might be one of the best canyons in the Alamo area... lots of bedrock falls, stairstep walkways... mini-climbs... then, a steep ascent up on to the high ridge that will carry us up to the abandoned Observatory. Unlike the more intimate canyons close to the city, this one has the towering cliff similar to Dog Canyon. Very Dramatic.

The day will be very long... and since it follows immediately on the heal of the the Organ Needle hike, it will hurt!

This is not a hike for beginners... and it demands a longer day's effort. 3,000' off off trail climbing... 15 miles of rough ground to cover. This Class II Canyoneering trek is one of the better ones in the area.

It could be after dark when we get back to the cars.

Lots of water! Lots of food. Protective clothing.

There is the opportunity for folks to join the effort for the lower entry portion of the canyon, turning around before the going gets too tough. I'll decide on our starting/meeting point early next week: check the messages.

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  • Karen E.

    The Canyon was beautiful, layers, peaks, interesting rock formations, fossils, bones (not human). Out way before dark but got a glimpse of the moon. Met Lewis and he fit right in. We had so much time to play on the rocks trying different climbing moves, rest, eat and chat. The weather was perfect. We bush wacked to get around some rock climbs. It was a nice pace and a fun day. I was pooped and hungry after the 10 hours hike but would go back in a heart beat. I took 2 sandwiches, 2 apples, 2 eggs, nuts, bars and I ate them all, not in one sitting. Needed the energy. Tiny bit sore from the use of upper body muscles but it is all good. Thank you Michal for another peek into one of your backyard canyons.

    October 29, 2012

  • Yubao

    Wonderful Canyon. Rock-climbing, boulder-hopping... plenty of fun. Host Michal has always been considerate of the capability levels of the hikers and accommodates to that. He keeps the pace comfortable for everybody. A very good experienced host.

    October 29, 2012

  • michal

    I do like this canyon!! I shortened the route to allow for more fun time in the canyon (and to accomodate my cramping legs!) and it worked out great. Slow and easy day with lots of playing on the rock... my kind of day!

    October 28, 2012

  • michal

    Location: Volunteer Fire Station on San Pedro Road. From Panorama Drive in Alamogordo, just off White Sands, take the first right (next to the Car Wash) on to Hamilton Road... follow Hamilton out to it's end, where it curves left turning into San Pedro... follow San Pedro around to the Firestation (you will note on a map that San Pedro loops all the way back around to Hamilton)

    You can hit Hamilton a variety of different ways if you are using a map, but this routing makes it hard to get lost.

    The drive into Mule Canyon is rough gravel needing a higher clearance vehicle... we will take my truck or another truck as needed.

    October 22, 2012

  • Yubao

    Michal, could you add a meetup location for this hike please?

    October 22, 2012

  • michal

    My phone Number:[masked]

    Check Here for a description of this hike and to see some pictures: http://hikearizona.com/decoder.php?ZTN=15253

    October 22, 2012

  • michal

    Check out these pics of Marble Canyon for an idea about the climbing in the area canyons: https://picasaweb.google.com/117485542878819214456/MarbleCarol

    October 17, 2012

  • Carol E.

    Off trail climbing? Does this require climbing gear or just scrambling skills?

    October 17, 2012

    • michal

      Scrambling... a bit more than the other canyons in the area... it would be best to do one of the other canyons first to get an idea of the levels... unless you feel confident. You could scan the Marble Canyon south pics on Picasa... they are similar climbs.

      October 17, 2012

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