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Willie White Canyon, NM

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Difficulty 3 of 5
Route Finding 2 of 5
Distance One Way 3.8 miles
Trailhead Elevation 8,026 feet
Elevation Gain 1,220 feet
Avg Time One Way 2 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 7.87
Interest Off Trail Hiking
Backpack Yes & Connecting
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Preferred   Jul, Aug, Jun, Sep → Any
Seasons   Early Spring to Late Autumn
Sun  6:31am - 5:03pm
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Benson Ridge / Bluff Springs Trail #5006
Benson Ridge / Bluff Springs Trail #5006
0.6 mi away
7.0 mi
1,582 ft
Willie White Spur Trail #112
0.7 mi away
0.6 mi
156 ft
Benson Canyon Spur Trail 2 #5005B
1.2 mi away
1.5 mi
29 ft
Benson Canyon Trail #5005
1.2 mi away
4.5 mi
1,633 ft
Taylor Canyon Trail #5007
1.7 mi away
1.9 mi
814 ft
Benson Canyon Spur Trail #5005A
2.1 mi away
0.8 mi
172 ft
Schofield/Benson Canyon Trail #5007C
2.1 mi away
2.6 mi
289 ft
Dark Canyon Trail #5700
2.1 mi away
5.6 mi
555 ft
Wills Canyon Trail #5008
2.2 mi away
4.4 mi
361 ft
Schofield/Taylor Canyon Trail #5007D
2.7 mi away
0.2 mi
8 ft
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Off Trail is Better!
by imike

While the Canyon hike begins at the same point as the official trail (Willie White Canyon Trail #113), the hiking experience is much different. Trail 113 follows old jeep and logging tracks up and over the ridge at the top of Willie White Canyon, then descends down and around through Telephone Canyon to Water Canyon. That route is highly used by ATV's... and you have the constant sense of walking along a road bed.

The canyon bottom hike is much different. The off trail single track winds up and around through intermittent Aspen groves, passing under pines and fir trees. The narrow, meadowed canyon gives a feel of being off and away. The route is not entirely easy; there are numerous deadfalls blocking the path, but they simply provide yet another pleasant diversion. The canyon ends and you are on the crest with a variety of hiking loop options.


The formal trailhead for Wills Canyon would lead you off and down to your left, accessing the old railway bed in less than a mile...

To your right is the Willie White Canyon trail... follow it either back down Willie White Canyon or over and down into Water Canyon.

Heading off to the West is the old logging road, 6011, a great ridge hike that leads over to Forest Road 64.

Split the difference between 6011 and Wills Canyon, heading over and south down into July Canyon to connect with the 6th Gate trail or Upper Wills Canyon trail. This off trail route is delightful.

So.. forego the trail and experience the real Willie White Canyon!

imike

    One-Way Notice
    This hike is listed as One-Way.

    When hiking several trails on a single "hike", log it with a generic name that describes the hike. Then link the trails traveled, check out the example.
    WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.

    Permit $$
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    Directions
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    FR / Dirt Road / Gravel - Car Okay

    To hike
    From the Village of Cloudcroft, follow 130 1.8 miles out to the Sunspot Hiway (6563). Turn right and follow the road out to the intersection of the Rio Penasco Road,Forest Rd 164, (8.5 miles)... turn left and follow the road 4.5 miles to the Willie White Canyon Trailhead.
    page created by HAZ_Hikebot on Sep 07 2012 5:36 am
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