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Broken Leaf Loop, NM

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Difficulty 2 of 5
Route Finding 2 of 5
Distance Loop 3.12 miles
Trailhead Elevation 9,418 feet
Elevation Gain 1 feet
Accumulated Gain 350 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 2 Hours
Kokopelli Seeds 4.87
Interest Off Trail Hiking & Seasonal Creek
Backpack Yes & Connecting
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Author imike
author avatar Guides 253
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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   Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep → Any
Seasons   Early Spring to Late Autumn
Sun  5:46am - 6:11pm
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See the Brown, Deadman!
by imike

Likely In-Season!
This loop pieced together nicely from a decommissioned logging road, and an old animal track, working back and around through a pleasant meadow area.

You hike around and sort of down Brown Canyon, along the old road (6409), staying 30' to 150' above the meadowed canyon bottom. The hike through this section is mostly open, though the tall pines and firs close by provide intermittent shady breaks, and morning and evening will be in heavy shadow much of the time.

The old road bed begins to move away from the drainage around three quarters of a mile into the hike, curving around and up and over the ridge into the Deadman Canyon Drainage. Some of this section is heavily over shaded... very nice in mid summer!

At just over 1.5 miles, the road splits. The right fork deadends in about one tenth of a mile. You could head off trail at that point, climbing to your right, up and to the top of the ridge highpoint. If you stay on the roadbed, and return to the main track, it will lead you on around, down and then up (as is the nature of this trail along its entire length... gentle ups and downs) eventually blending into the canyon bottom of Deadman Canyon.

Once in the meadow area, you could turn to your right and head downhill, connecting with The Old Sunspot Hiway Trail in less than .5 miles... perhaps an interesting option for a longer looping mountain bike ride?

Staying with the loop: Follow the meadow up canyon and you will reach the Forest Road 64 at around mile 2.7 (including the in/out of the short offshoot)... and you walk along FR 64 back to your car, just a bit over .3 miles uphill to your left.

The gentle grades, and nice grassy surface make for an easy trek or a great bike ride.

You will note, at the point you reconnect with FR 64, you will be immediately across the road from the Sacramento North Trailhead.

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2012-06-14 imike
    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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    Broken Leaf Loop
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    The day did not go as planned... really, it was an extension of the day before. Driving out of the firewood cutting area, there was a loud metal explosion, and a very sudden halt to truck and trailer. I hopped out... and discovered I'd broken a leaf spring on the little trailer. Given I've been giving this trailer heavy use since 1986, I guess that was to be expected.

    I jacked the body of the trailer up, and stuck a rock on top of the axle, then lowered the body back down... enough of a fix to allow me to drive the trailer a bit further up to the entry of an old logging road. Then, I disconnected and left the big firewood load, heading down to look for my other trailer (loaned out a year ago!)

    I tracked the trailer down, borrowed it back, and headed up the hill early the next morning. I planned to unload the firewood onto the front of this bigger trailer, then load the smaller trailer on the rear of this car hauler. Alas, the wheelbase was too wide on the "little" trailer... so, drove the wood back down the hill... disconnected, and drove back up the hill with some repair material... ideally, enough to rig something up to get the trailer down and home. After patching up the trailer (really, replacing the rock with a hunk of wood duct taped into place)... I changed into hiking gear and set out to explore this old logging road. I had spotted some interesting looking cliff formations the weekend before and was hoping this would lead to those. Unfortunately, it cut up and over, out of Brown Canyon into Deadman Canyon... but that was nice, too. I scored a pleasant midday hike and sited a few more potential areas to explore. Fire Danger has reached a critical point... just below closing down the forest. No campfires or burning of any kind is allowed... Hopefully, rain will be here soon. There appears to be intentional fires being set... non-lightening caused!

    The forest is filled with dead trees from the beetle blight of a few years ago... it could go up in a big way. I hope not.

    Oh... the name of the loop... Broken Leaf... as in broken leaf spring... from my trailer!

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    Map Drive
    FR / Dirt Road / Gravel - Car Okay

    To hike
    From Cloudcroft, follow State Hiway 130, 1.8 miles out of the Village to Sunspot Hiway (6563), turn right and follow that road to just past milepost 13, turning left onto Forest Road 64. Follow this road about .4 miles past the signed trailhead for Sacramento North Trail, looking for the metal pole barrier on your left. From Sunspot Hiway you will be about 1.1 miles along FR 64.
    page created by imike on Jun 14 2012 5:49 pm
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