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Road Canyon Spur Trail #234A, NM

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Difficulty 2.5 of 5
Route Finding 2 of 5
Distance One Way 0.7 miles
Trailhead Elevation 7,744 feet
Elevation Gain 502 feet
Accumulated Gain 502 feet
Avg Time One Way 0.5 hour
Kokopelli Seeds 2.37
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Preferred   Jul, Aug, Jun, Sep → Any
Seasons   ALL
Sun  6:30am - 5:05pm
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Steep... very steep... but, Short!
by imike

This section of trail, while very short is an important link to the trail system in the Sacramento Mts. It is most important in providing a connection from the lower reaches of the trail system, t106, Dog Canyon trail, rising from the valley floor, up to the top of the mountains at the Sacramento Peak complex, Sunspot.

Very few people hike the full length of those trail connections. The official guide book specifies that it should be only hiked from the upper end down to the bottom, with a shuttle arranged to avoid the long, hard climb. In fact, the hike from the bottom through the exceptional Dog Canyon, up to the peak, and back down is very doable as a day hike for a hiker in reasonably good shape.


The Spur section is interestingly steep, and often overgrown. It gets very little use and tends to close up season to season, but it is hard to really lose. It climbs a ridge that is thickly overgrown; the path is not hard to find.

There is no reason to drive out to hike just this short spur hike. It makes sense to use this as a harder and shorter alternative to the "real" Road Canyon trail lower portion, heading up to Sunspot. It also is nice to use it to create creative loops when hiking Road Canyon, going up or down this steeper portion and including West Side road as a connection for the loops.

Note: the Forest Service, may designate this trail portion as T234 Road Canyon Trail, and name the lower portion of Road Canyon (below the intersection of the spur) T234A... putting the spur over into Road Canyon...? So, this could cause confusion at the lower trailhead. The easy way to be sure of where you are: At West Side Road, immediately across from the trailhead is the Forest Road intersections for 90B and 90E. In fact, that is the best way to find the trailhead (until the new huge trailhead signs go up!)

If you are planning to loop along West Side road, it is 1.7 miles between T234 and T234A... a pleasant walk with distant vistas of the Tularosa Basin.

In winter, the snows can fold the thick growth down over the trail... better to use the more open Road Canyon trail.

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.

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    To hike
    From High Rolls along New Mexico 82, turn south on West Side road (FR 90) and follow it to the intersection of FR90B/FR90E... the trail starts immediately across from those roads, heading uphill. The Road Canyon trailhead is another 1.7 miles along West Side Road.
    page created by imike on Oct 09 2010 12:54 pm
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