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Cathey Canyon, NM

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Difficulty 2 of 5
Route Finding 1 of 5
Distance One Way 1.1 miles
Trailhead Elevation 9,123 feet
Elevation Gain 320 feet
Avg Time One Way 1 Hour
Kokopelli Seeds 2.17
Interest Off-Trail Hiking
Backpack Yes & Connecting
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32  2012-06-24
Deadman FR64
author avatar Guides 253
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Photos 6,930
Trips 2,467 map ( 21,513 miles )
Age 72 Male Gender
Location Cloudcroft, NM
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Preferred Aug, Jul, Sep, Jun → Midnight
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Sun  5:27am - 6:47pm
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Leave it to the Cows!
by imike

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I've been glancing down and into this wide meadow canyon every time I drove up and along Sunspot Hiway. It did not look promising, but perhaps the lower section might get nice... I decided to find out.

Nope... bottom is just as bad as the top!

The only reason to waste your time on this route would be to have a meadow to hike up to connect with the Rim Trail, up at Cathey Vista. The canyon and vista point both have a name, but like the canyon, the vista is not worth the effort either. The Forest Service has allowed the shrubs and trees to grow up around the vista point such that the only view remaining is of the other cars parked in the lot.

Currently, Cathey Canyon is further blighted with piles and piles of trees and undergrowth that has been recently bulldozed. It is full of cattle. A power line runs the length of the meadow. The dirt road running along the middle is dusty.

At least I now know where it connects at the bottom: it is the road behind the official trail head for the Old Sunspot Hiway.

Be forewarned... even with a name, it should be avoided.

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2012-06-25 imike

    One-Way Notice
    This hike is listed as One-Way.

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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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    Map Drive
    FR / Dirt Road / Gravel - Car Okay

    To hike
    From Cloudcroft, take hiway 130 1.8 miles out of the Village, turning right onto Sunspot Hiway (6563). Drive out just past milepost 13 and turn left on to Forest Road 64. Pull over and park on the side of FR 64, walk over to the Old Sunspot Hiway trailhead... and walk downhill .75 mile to the end of that official route. The Cathey Canyon unscenic road begins on your left behind the lower trailhead sign.
    page created by imike on Jun 25 2012 11:54 am
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