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Fenceline Canyon, NM

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Difficulty 2.5 of 5
Route Finding 2 of 5
Distance One Way 1.1 miles
Trailhead Elevation 9,499 feet
Elevation Gain 240 feet
Accumulated Gain 256 feet
Avg Time One Way 1 hour
Kokopelli Seeds 1.95
Interest Off Trail Hiking
Backpack Yes & Connecting
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Preferred   Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep → Any
Seasons   Late Spring to Late Autumn
Sun  6:54am - 4:57pm
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Overlook Ridge
0.0 mi away
0.5 mi
33 ft
Overlook Canyon
0.3 mi away
4.4 mi
988 ft
Campsite Cut
0.3 mi away
0.5 mi
150 ft
Upper Wills Canyon Shortcut #9278a
0.6 mi away
0.5 mi
139 ft
Bull Elk Trail
0.7 mi away
1.5 mi
336 ft
Upper Wills Canyon Trail #9278
Upper Wills Canyon Trail #9278
0.7 mi away
4.0 mi
324 ft
Rock Pile Road
0.7 mi away
2.1 mi
1,066 ft
6th Gate Canyon
1.0 mi away
2.7 mi
5 ft
Old Logging Road 6th Gate
1.0 mi away
4.3 mi
380 ft
Hubbell Canyon Trail #9277
Hubbell Canyon Trail #9277
1.0 mi away
4.4 mi
40 ft
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Avoids the Road!
by imike

Most hikers never find this tucked away drainage, even though many pass right by its wide, meadow bottom. Early along the Hubbell Canyon Trail, this side canyon merges along a sharp canyon curve, fenced off from Hubbell. If you were to walk over, cross the fence and follow the fenceline up the canyon, you would discover a very pleasant drainage area, often filled with grazing elk and deer. This is part of the old route for the upper section of the Upper Wills Canyon Trail, now discontinued.

Shortly up canyon, the drainage bends sharply left, following the fence line. Bull Elk Trail continues on up straight.


Turning the bend, the open meadow area continues up and eventually becoming narrow and tree filled, shortly after the fence line is cross fenced off.

Once into the trees, the valley rises a bit more steeply, continuing up to the top of the ridge along Forest Road 64. The canyon top intersects the road all along the area adjacent to the Overlook Ridge Trail area.

Beginning at the top, You could walk off forest road 64 at the Overlook Ridge trail, heading east, and drop immediately into the upper section of Fence Line Canyon. I think the better option is to hike up the canyon, but to avoid the over use of the upper portion of Hubbell Canyon, it is a nice alternative to hike down this drainage to connect further down that Official Trail.

For a nice, easy loop... hike down Campsite Cut Canyon... loop around and up Fence Line Canyon to FR 64... Cross the road and loop the Overlook Loop... then walk FR 64 the short distance back to your car at the Campsite.

You may also connect easily along the Hubbell Canyon Trail... .5 miles down from the Trailhead at FR 64.

Lots of connecting options... all 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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    To hike
    From Cloudcroft, follow hiway 130, 1.8 miles out to the Sunspot Hiway. Turn right and drive past milepost 13, then turning left onto Forest Road 64. Follow FR 64 3.2 miles to the pullout for the Overlook Ridge hike. Hike to your left, over the short rise..
    page created by imike on Oct 18 2012 9:35 am
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