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Kathy Canyon, NM

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Difficulty 3.5 of 5
Route Finding 4 of 5
Distance One Way 1.6 miles
Trailhead Elevation 8,637 feet
Elevation Gain 923 feet
Avg Time One Way 2 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 4.68
Interest Off Trail Hiking & Seasonal Creek
Backpack Possible & Connecting
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32  2012-06-24
Deadman FR64
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Preferred   Aug, Sep, Jul, May → Any
Seasons   Early Spring to Early Autumn
Sun  6:32am - 5:02pm
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Water
Nearby Area Water
Willie White Trail #113
0.5 mi away
5.0 mi
770 ft
Cathey Canyon
1.0 mi away
1.1 mi
320 ft
Schofield Canyon Trail #5007A
1.1 mi away
2.7 mi
977 ft
Wills Canyon Trail #5008
1.2 mi away
4.4 mi
361 ft
Cathey Canyon Trail #105A
1.3 mi away
1.7 mi
90 ft
Bluff Springs
1.4 mi away
5.0 mi
880 ft
Old Sunspot Hiway #5009
Old Sunspot Hiway #5009
1.5 mi away
0.7 mi
-320 ft
Forest Road 64
1.6 mi away
5.0 mi
450 ft
Taylor Canyon Trail #5007
1.6 mi away
1.9 mi
814 ft
Deadman FR64
Deadman FR64
1.7 mi away
1.5 mi
-290 ft
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Kathy, Yes... Cathey..No!
by imike

I discovered this unnamed canyon when trying to find Cathey Canyon... and it proved to be the only good thing about that day of hiking. Kathy Canyon is the drainage just to the north of Cathey, and unlike that named canyon, Kathy is a great hike.

This gently climbing drainage is filled with aspen and mixed conifers... broken by meadows but mostly you are hiking under a nice, shady canopy. A well established Elk track carries you steadily upward and around. The lower canyon holds some active springs. There is a greater sense and feel of being off and away up this narrower cut.


There is no ATV use up in this canyon. It is not an official route. This one is worth the time to find and explore.

You can hike the entire length of the drainage, starting well down Water Canyon, closer to Willie White Trail. Or, you can hike it like I did... starting higher up Water Canyon, across from the junction with the Brown Canyon loop (barb wire fence and power poles across stream in Water Canyon.)

If you decide to begin at this upper point: Walking off the road, and up and onto a small bench, you'll spot an old campsite... moving then up and around on fairly clear elk routes... you will enjoy a nice elk trail that carries you up, around and over a side drainage... and onto a small ridge, from the top of which you'll look down into Kathy Canyon. Elk trails will guide you softly down off the ridge into the Canyon bottom, where you could head up canyon: you'll top out very near Cathey Canyon on The Sunspot Hiway... or, you could head down canyon and loop out and back up Water Canyon.

Take a book... a picnic... maybe some wine? This is a great getaway hike!

imike

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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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    To hike
    From Cloudcroft, follow hiway 130, 1.8 miles out of the Village to Sunspot Hiway (6563) turning right and following that road to just past MilePost 13. Turn left on to Forest Road 64. Park on the right side of FR 64... and enter the Old Sunspot Hiway Trail across the road. Hike down this trail/road to the point below Cathey Canyon (.75 miles) that you choose to use to traverse over into Kathy Canyon... or hike all the way down to the mouth of the canyon (about 1.6 miles?)
    page created by imike on Jun 25 2012 12:26 pm
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