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Campsite Cut, NM

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Difficulty 2 of 5
Route Finding 2 of 5
Distance One Way 0.5 miles
Trailhead Elevation 9,472 feet
Elevation Gain 150 feet
Avg Time One Way 0.5 hour
Kokopelli Seeds 1
Interest Off Trail Hiking
Backpack Possible & Connecting
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Preferred   Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep → Any
Seasons   Early Spring to Late Autumn
Sun  6:30am - 5:04pm
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Nearby Area Water
Overlook Canyon
0.1 mi away
4.4 mi
988 ft
Fenceline Canyon
0.3 mi away
1.1 mi
256 ft
Rock Pile Road
0.4 mi away
2.1 mi
1,066 ft
Overlook Ridge
0.4 mi away
0.5 mi
33 ft
Bull Elk Trail
0.5 mi away
1.5 mi
336 ft
Upper Wills Canyon Trail #9278
Upper Wills Canyon Trail #9278
0.5 mi away
4.0 mi
324 ft
Hubbell Canyon Trail #9277
Hubbell Canyon Trail #9277
0.7 mi away
4.4 mi
40 ft
Upper Wills Canyon Shortcut #9278a
0.9 mi away
0.5 mi
139 ft
Thousand Mile Canyon Trail #9216
Thousand Mile Canyon Trail #9216
1.2 mi away
1.4 mi
952 ft
Sacramento Lake Canyon
1.2 mi away
1.5 mi
405 ft
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Hidden Away!
by imike

One of the challenges hiking in the Forest Road 64 corridor is to find areas off and away from the intrusion of ATV traffic... both the active encounter and the overuse aspect. Walking along a narrow, tree lined single track is just nicer than following the dusty, eroded paths eaten out by the ATV usage.

Most of the area official paths allow ATV use... and many of the other tracks are used by ATV's, even though the use is illegal.


A pleasant exception: The Campsite Cut. This short, narrow meadow drainage drops down and away from Forest Road 64, emerging in the upper third of Fence Line Canyon. Fence Line is an open meadow canyon that winds from the ridge above FR 64 across from The Overlook Trail... down to the intersection with Hubbell Canyon Trail. The Hubbell is fenced off across this bottom intersection; ATV's are blocked off!

The real benefit to dropping off and down the Campsite Cut: access to Bull Elk Trail . That off trail route is one of the nicest getaway routes in the area, including a peak and ridge section... with a great , meandering, tree shrouded route maintained by a steady usage of elk, pounding out an Elk Hiway.

If you are lucky, you'll be able to put to use the great little campsite at the top of the Cut... and do your hikes immediately off and away from your tent.

From this site you connect to most of the hikes off of the east side of Forest Road 64... And are a short distance from all of the hikes along this high ridge road.

This is better than good.

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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    Directions
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    FR / Dirt Road / Gravel - Car Okay

    To hike
    From the Village of Cloudcroft, take state road 130, 1.8 miles out to the Sunspot Hiway (6563). Turn right and follow the road past milepost 13, turning left on to Forest Road 64. Follow this gravel road 3.6 miles to the track heading off to your left... great campsite!!
    page created by imike on Oct 18 2012 9:42 am
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