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Corral Canyon Trail #537, NM

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Difficulty 2.5 of 5
Route Finding 1 of 5
Distance One Way 1.2 miles
Trailhead Elevation 9,452 feet
Elevation Gain -834 feet
Avg Time One Way One Hour
Kokopelli Seeds 2.59
Interest Seasonal Creek
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Author imike
author avatar Guides 253
Routes 0
Photos 6,930
Trips 2,467 map ( 21,513 miles )
Age 69 Male Gender
Location Cloudcroft, NM
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Preferred   Jul, Aug, Jun, Sep → Early
Seasons   Early Spring to Late Autumn
Sun  5:48am - 6:07pm
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by imike

Likely In-Season!
Nice... this is a nice little trail... sort of a blend of the other two Forest Road 64 to Sunspot Hiway (6563) traversing trails... not so narrow, steep and cavelike as Thousand Mile Trail, and not so open and exposed as Sacramento North Trail. Lying between those two trails, and about the same length, this cut follows the drainage in an oddly sweeping number of "S" turns, swerving back and forth... as if some crazed ATV was running a fast slalom down the hill.


That is likely how it got to be that way.

Midday down canyon you will encounter the old posts of the namesake corral, with the concrete water trough still in position straddling the old fence line. The barb wire has been removed (coiled, rusting away a bit further down the trail) but the posts remain to mark the use area.

This trail would make an ideal bit of end of day exercise... or an early morning excursion for spotting the elk, deer and turkey that are prevalent in the area. I saw one deer and one elk with my midday hike... that and turkey feathers.

The parking along Sunspot Hiway is just an extra wide shoulder... nicer to drive in above and park under the shade of a tall pine. The gravel road (FR 64) is normally well graded, seeing lots of summer time activity when this area of the forest fills with motor homes and campers... all with their ATV's!

This is a short but steep grade... out of shape I walked down it in half an hour... up in 40 minutes. False monsoon clouds gave this midday hike a very pleasant 72 degree high... normal for mid June. When the real monsoons settle in over July and August it will be even cooler!!

The difficulty is the elevation and average steep grade... over 800 feet in just over a mile!

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2012-06-12 imike

    One-Way Notice
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    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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    Corral Canyon Trail #537
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    Filled the trailer with firewood, then rested briefly... drove over to check out this short drop hike. It was nice. All of these traversing hikes dropping off the Aqua Chiquita Road down to Sunspot Hiway provide a nice hour outing with a bit of elevation gain if hiked out and back (down and up)... and if camped out on the ridge might make for an extra bit of daily hiking in conjunction with the longer outing of the day. It's looking as if all of the high canyons are nicely meadow filled, adding additional potential outings to the variety of official trails, most all heavily used by ATV's.

    I'm liking it up here.

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    To hike
    From Cloudcroft, take state road 130 1.8 miles out of the Village to the Sunspot Hiway (6563)...turn right and follow that road to just past the milepost 13, turning left on Forest Road 64 (Aqua Chiquita Rd)...and driving a bit over a mile and a half to the signed trailhead on your right. Best to park before the trail, in the wide clearing on the right. You could also continue down the Sunspot Hiway to the signed trailhead, but the parking is exposed, alongside the road. The upper trailhead is nicer.
    page created by imike on Jun 12 2012 7:37 pm
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