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Courtney Mine Trail #132, NM

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Difficulty 1.5 of 5
Route Finding 1 of 5
Distance One Way 2.1 miles
Trailhead Elevation 7,505 feet
Elevation Gain 309 feet
Accumulated Gain 469 feet
Avg Time One Way 1 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 3.66
Backpack Yes & Connecting
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Author imike
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Photos 6,930
Trips 2,467 map ( 21,513 miles )
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Location Cloudcroft, NM
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Preferred   Oct, May, Apr, Sep → Any
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Sun  5:51am - 6:02pm
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Why Bother!!
by imike

Likely In-Season!
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Note: Page stats reflect #132 one-way segment. The description below is 3.5mi / 550 ft / 810 aeg / 2 hrs.

This trail is hardly worth the effort, given the many great alternative hikes in the area.

It accesses Karr Canyon too far down into the populated area, and it is a main route for ATV's and motorcycle riders. Yet, as a potential connecting traverse for mountain bike riders ascending (crazy!!) or descending the mountain, this route does provide a very reasonable alternative to the hyper steep trails that descend the ridges to the south. While those average 700-1000' per mile, Courtney Mine tends more towards 300-500 feet per mile.

You could connect with Karr Canyon road up on the Sunspot highway (adjacent to the Karr Canyon Rest area) or off of the Rim Trail (T105) just shy of the Alamo Peak Road... and ride Karr Canyon down to Courtney Mine Trail, and make the much easier traverse over to West Side Road. From there, head south to descend T119 (The "A" trail) or head north, cross Hiway 82 to connect with Fresnal Canyon Road to loop around through La Luz and into Alamogordo. Fresnal Canyon road has recently been paved, but it still has relatively no automobile traffic; it is a great alternative to the lower 8 miles of hiway 82 with it's narrow lanes and speeding traffic.

so... not a great hike, but a very reasonable Mountain biking alternative.

Additionally, you could use this to access the upper ridges running south over to Alamo Peak for some offtrail bushwhacking adventures.

The elevation guarantees snow, ice and possibly muddy trails in the winter season.

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2012-01-24 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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    Map Drive
    FR / Dirt Road / Gravel - Car Okay

    To hike
    From High Rolls on Hiway 82, east of Alamogordo... turn south on West Side Road (Forest Road 90). Drive 3.2 miles on West Side Road, looking for the new Trailhead signs on your left. Be careful in the first section... there are a few false trails winding around.
    page created by imike on Jan 24 2012 2:49 pm
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