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Old Logging Road 64OB, NM

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Difficulty 2.5 of 5
Route Finding 2 of 5
Distance One Way 2 miles
Trailhead Elevation 9,474 feet
Elevation Gain -232 feet
Accumulated Gain 33 feet
Avg Time One Way One Hour
Kokopelli Seeds 2.11
Interest Off-Trail Hiking
Backpack Yes & Connecting
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32  2012-06-24
Deadman FR64
Author imike
author avatar Guides 253
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Photos 6,930
Trips 2,467 map ( 21,513 miles )
Age 71 Male Gender
Location Cloudcroft, NM
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Preferred   Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep → Any
Seasons   Early Spring to Late Autumn
Sun  5:16am - 7:03pm
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by imike

Likely In-Season!
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Forest Road 64 creates an arterial feed connecting a very large number of official and unofficial hiking routes. The three barricaded logging roads labeled 64OB are found on your left just as you begin driving around the first curve of the road... after you have turned off from Sunspot Hiway.

Two of the Three metal pole barricades block off very short roads.

The one on your immediate left goes up to the old Observatory Labratory, now a storage dump. That is a pleasant stroll of less than .2 mile.

The middle road continues for a bit further, winding down and around behind the old Observatory, dead ending a short distance away from the official trailhead for the Old Sunspot Hiway. You can walk down through the trees to join up with that official route. This old logging road follows the ridge that forms the split between the north and south branch of Water Canyon. There are a variety of good observation points to pause and watch the meadow areas below in the Canyon drainage.

The third road... the one on the far right, is the route with the true hiking potential. This route takes off and winds down and around the south side of Water Canyon, eventually curving around and dropping down into Deadman Canyon.

The roadbed nearly makes it to the bottom, but stops just short. .7 miles around the hill you will have to do a bit of off trail hiking to access the open meadow of Deadman Canyon. I suggest continuing to angle sofly around, slowly dropping to the bottom... you will be nearly to the intersection with 6409, and one mile into your day at that point. On the Topo map this route is shown to be the Sacramento North Trail... it is not!

Of course, Deadman offers the potentials for heading down and around to all of the Water Canyon connecting loops... or, up and around to the routes in Deadman Canyon... looping to Brown Canyon and beyond.

This 64OBTrailhead is also the start for your hike of the upper section of Water Canyon... instead of following any of the three barricaded roads, simply walk down canyon between the middle and right hand barricade.

64OB....OB... as in OBservatory... the Observatory on Forest Road 64... 64OB!

If you choose to camp at the trailhead you will find a variety of nice, easy to access flat areas, and abundant fire wood (assuming wood fires are being allowed!) At over 9400' you will be high and cool. Here on June 24, 2012... Mid-afternoon temps were in the low 70's!!.. and that is with the sun shining... clouds would have dropped it down into the 60's.

Motorhomes would have no problem pulling into these nicely shaded areas.

Note: on the Topo maps, the longer hike is labeled as Sacramento North Trail... now, that trail officially lies off FR 64 heading down to Sunspot Hiway, running the opposite direction off the ridge! Be aware.

Observe...and Enjoy!

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2012-06-25 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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    FR / Dirt Road / Gravel - Car Okay

    To hike
    From Cloudcroft, take hiway 130 out to the Sunspot Hiway (6563), turn right and follow the road to the milepost 13... turning left on to Forest Road 64. Follow FR 64 .2 mile, just around the bend to the metal pole barricades on your left
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