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Overlook Ridge, NM

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Difficulty 2 of 5
Route Finding 2 of 5
Distance One Way 0.5 miles
Trailhead Elevation 9,480 feet
Elevation Gain 22 feet
Accumulated Gain 33 feet
Avg Time One Way 1 hour
Kokopelli Seeds 0.61
Interest Off Trail Hiking
Backpack Yes & Connecting
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Preferred   Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep → Any
Seasons   Early Spring to Late Autumn
Sun  6:31am - 5:03pm
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Fenceline Canyon
0.0 mi away
1.1 mi
256 ft
Overlook Canyon
0.4 mi away
4.4 mi
988 ft
Campsite Cut
0.4 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
0.8 mi away
4.0 mi
324 ft
Rock Pile Road
0.8 mi away
2.1 mi
1,066 ft
6th Gate Canyon
0.9 mi away
2.7 mi
5 ft
Old Logging Road 6th Gate
0.9 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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A Better View
by imike

For most of the length of Forest Road 64, the route winds along the ridge top, with the views obscured by the surrounding pine and fir trees. The exception is the area just before you reach The Thousand Mile Trail. The logging activity here sliced a road bed off and down the west face of the ridge, and the area remains fully open and exposed today. While not a long trail, the route does offer great views off to the west, including the ridges supporting the Sunspot Observatory. This is a great picnic area... short evening hiking area... or possibly a car camping potential. Car camping is allowed within 300' of the roadway, so you could park and walk in, setting up on the nicely flattened old road bed.

Pull off the road at the blocked entry (old deadfall keeps cars out) and walk down to the end of the road cut, winding in a hairpin loop around to the left at the bottom. You can then simply turn around and retrace your path, or walk uphill through the trees back up to FR 64... just up through the trees.


If your camped in the area take the time to enjoy the sunset from the vantage points along this short hike.

This hike also provides a connecting route for the Overlook Canyon Trail hike... avoiding having to walk out on the forest road.

Enjoy!!

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.

    Permit $$
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    Directions
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    FR / Dirt Road / Gravel - Car Okay

    To hike
    From Cloudcroft, take Hiway 130, 1.8 miles out to the Sunspot Hiway, turning right and driving just past milepost 13. Turn left on to Forest Road 64... driving 3.2 miles to the pullout on your right or left. The trail is on your right.
    page created by imike on Oct 18 2012 8:38 am
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