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6th Gate Canyon, NM

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Difficulty 2.5 of 5
Route Finding 2 of 5
Distance One Way 2.7 miles
Trailhead Elevation 9,508 feet
Elevation Gain -700 feet
Accumulated Gain 5 feet
Avg Time One Way 1 hour
Kokopelli Seeds 2.72
Interest Off-Trail Hiking
Backpack Yes & Connecting
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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 Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep
Seasons   Early Spring to Late Autumn
Sun  5:26am - 6:48pm
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Clear Cut...
by imike

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From 6th Gate off of Forest Road 64, you have three hiking options: hike the old logging road behind the gate, drop into the canyon bottom to the right of the gate... or, hike the old logging road on the right hand side of the canyon.

The Canyon bottom offers an easy, open, meadow to walk down and along. Mid summer flowers abound. The route is easy.

I find the canyon a bit too open... it does not seem to have recovered from the logging clear cut, and it does not have as many pleasant twists and turns as some of the other area canyons. With the great hike of the old logging road on the left hand side of the canyon, I would likely save this canyon bottom trek for part of a loop, connecting down off of Upper Wills Canyon Trail. At least it is ATV free!

From the bottom, off of Upper Wills Canyon Trail, this is the first canyon cut from the top blocked by an "Illegal Trail" sign, keeping motorized traffic away from this cut.

I was impressed with the number of areas covered in wild flowers after the first monsoon rains hit in July. It is not the best 2.7 miles of hiking in the area, but it is not bad... and beats having to walk around back up the official Trail in Wills Canyon.

If you have hiked around the 6th Gate road and then down July Canyon, simply turn up Wills Canyon trail, then turn back up this canyon for a simple and enjoyable off trail loop.

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Gate Policy: If a gate is closed upon arrival, leave it closed after you go through. If it is open, leave it open. Leaving a closed gate open may put cattle in danger. Closing an open gate may cut them off from water. Please be respectful, leave gates as found.

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2012-10-18 imike

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

    When hiking several trails on a single "hike", log it with a generic name that describes the hike. Then link the trails traveled, check out the example.
    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 to the Sunspot Hiway (6563) turn right and follow the road out past milepost 13, turning left on to Forest Road 64. Follow fr64 2 miles to the 6th metal gate barricade on your left.
    page created by imike on Oct 18 2012 8:20 am
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