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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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Author imike
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Photos 6,930
Trips 2,467 map ( 21,513 miles )
Age 69 Male Gender
Location Cloudcroft, NM
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Preferred   Aug, Sep, Jul, May → Any
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Sun  5:51am - 6:01pm
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by imike

Likely In-Season!
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!

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2012-06-05 imike

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    Most recent Triplog Review
    Sacramento North Trail #5008D
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    Hiked two new trails today. One dull, one nice...

    Thousand Mile Trail... North Sacramento Trail...

    It was interesting to be feeling fingers stiff from the cold, here on a summer time hike. I'd awoken an hour earlier down in the valley, drove the 40 miles up to the top, and was on the trail before 6am. I only spotted a few elk on the drive across. Normally, I'd see big herds that time of the morning, crossing the Sunspot Hiway. I spotted only a few slo-elk on the trail. The hike was more of an auditory experience today.

    Swoosh..Swoosh..Swoosh of a Raven gliding down and around the trees.

    Barking and Bugling of a lone Bull Elk... of an industrious wood pecker...

    ...assorted bird song...

    ...and, the trail was just dull. Too open... too flat... power lines overhead, hiway beside, of last half of downhill section. It would make an okay traverse off the hill on a Mountain Bike... beyond that, I will not be back.

    Now, the Second outing was just the opposite. Same Forest Road 64 departure to the west, dropping down to the Sunspot Hiway, but this one was close, intimate...and steeper. It was much like walking through a tunnel of green. Tricky footing on the upper section, but okay. This is a trail worth revisiting... I'll be back time and again.

    Walked up on a solo elk... then a pair... inspired a turkey to shuffle off into the trees. It was very, very nice. I got a good workout hit on the way back up to the truck.

    Though the official trailheads will orient from the lower end down on Sunspot Hiway, I prefer to access from the top off of FR64.

    Now, I need to change clothing and cut a cord of firewood.

    It is very different to be adding a 100 miles of driving into my daily hike, after a year and a half of not even driving to a trailhead. $30 cost added to the day... ideally offset by the $100 of cordwood I haul back down the hill each trip.

    It is a different year!

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    Map Drive
    Paved - Car Okay

    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.
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