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Sacramento North Trail #5008D, NM

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Difficulty 2 of 5
Route Finding 1 of 5
Distance One Way 1.4 miles
Trailhead Elevation 8,936 feet
Elevation Gain 462 feet
Accumulated Gain 483 feet
Avg Time One Way 1 hour
Kokopelli Seeds 3.01
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6  2012-06-05 imike
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Preferred   Aug, Sep, Jul, May → Any
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Sun  6:55am - 4:58pm
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0.8 mi away
2.7 mi
240 ft
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0.8 mi away
2.0 mi
33 ft
Sunspot Loop
0.9 mi away
5.6 mi
1,700 ft
Deadman FR64
Deadman FR64
0.9 mi away
1.5 mi
-290 ft
Broken Leaf Loop
Broken Leaf Loop
1.0 mi away
3.1 mi
350 ft
Brown Canyon
Brown Canyon
1.0 mi away
2.4 mi
90 ft
Brown Canyon Telephone Canyon Traverse
Brown Canyon Telephone Canyon Traverse
1.0 mi away
5.0 mi
250 ft
Forest Road 64
1.0 mi away
5.0 mi
450 ft
Old Logging Road #6411
1.0 mi away
4.0 mi
480 ft
Sunspot Trail #105B
1.1 mi away
1.4 mi
123 ft
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by imike

One of the many trails accessing the high ridge along Forest Road 64... This one is both too easy and too dull to be of any serious interest. There are just too many better options for really good hikes in this area.


Taking off from the lower trailhead on Sunspot Hiway, the trail follows the high power line easement that parallels the hiway.

After half a mile, you do finally move off and away from the power lines, but the trail remains in a wide, open meadow that offers little in the way of variety. Basically, you are hiking the slightly tilted cow pasture... the primary use given to this area during the warmer months of the year.

Cows were the only animals I encountered on this trail the one and only time I have and will ever hike this trail.

The trail is multi-use: motorbikes, horses, ATV's, hikers... and mountain bikers. That last category could put this trail to good use. You could use this trail as a nice downhill run to leave the upper ridge and access the Sunsport Hiway for a looping connection up or down the road. Really, you would be accessing Road c001... the name changes once you pass the turnoff to Sunspot. The paved road does now go all the way down to Timberon.

Other than for the very brief biking plunge, rapidly leaving this trail behind, I can see little reason to waste time here; there are too many other great options in this area!

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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    Directions
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    To hike
    From Cloudcroft, take hiway 130 1.8 miles to the Sunspot Hiway (6563), turn right and proceed to the Sunspot Turnoff, at that point the road name changes to C001,also known as Sacramento drive and/or Forest Rd 537) continue on another .3 miles to the power station/marked trailhead on your left.
    page created by imike on Jun 05 2012 2:12 pm
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