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Rock Pile Road, NM

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Difficulty 3.5 of 5
Route Finding 4 of 5
Distance Round Trip 2.1 miles
Trailhead Elevation 9,382 feet
Elevation Gain 941 feet
Accumulated Gain 1,066 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 2 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 7.43
Interest Off Trail Hiking
Backpack Yes & Connecting
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Preferred   Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep → Any
Seasons   Early Spring to Early Autumn
Sun  7:05am - 5:23pm
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Nearby Area Water
Hubbell Canyon Trail #9277
Hubbell Canyon Trail #9277
0.3 mi away
4.4 mi
40 ft
Campsite Cut
0.4 mi away
0.5 mi
150 ft
Overlook Canyon
0.4 mi away
4.4 mi
988 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
Fenceline Canyon
0.7 mi away
1.1 mi
256 ft
Overlook Ridge
0.8 mi away
0.5 mi
33 ft
Sacramento Lake Canyon
1.1 mi away
1.5 mi
405 ft
Thousand Mile Canyon Trail #9216
Thousand Mile Canyon Trail #9216
1.1 mi away
1.4 mi
952 ft
Upper Wills Canyon Shortcut #9278a
1.2 mi away
0.5 mi
139 ft
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It's On the Map!!
by imike

Sitting at the Hubbell Canyon Trailhead, looking across Forest Road 64, you will notice a large pile of rock. It is not natural.

It blocks an old logging road!

This route is on the topo map, and it does end in less than a mile, just like the map shows. The map also shows yet another trail nearly intersecting that old road and heading down the hill to the Sacramento Basin. I have yet to find that second route (I do not believe it is there!) but the old logging road kicks off a great off trail adventure. At it's end, follow the bench down and around to the south. Do not drop below the natural bench, but continue to circle around the hill, heading for the saddle around the 9,000' level. From there, you can find an overgrown elk path that drops steeply into the canyon immediately to the south (second over from the Sacramento Lookout Peak).

This drainage makes for a nice hike to the bottom of the Sacramento Basin. It obviously was harshly hit by a fire, burning away much of the larger growth. The resultant re-growth accounts for the heavy scrub in the top of the canyon. You could try to make your way down from that upper point, but this is a better route.

Once at the bottom I believe you will enjoy a much nicer return hike back up Thousand Mile Trail. Walk up the paved road to the north, to the signed trailhead.

This is a very overgrown canyon. There are somewhat clear paths if you are lucky enough to find them.

Look Hard!!

    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, follow hiway 130, 1.8 mile to the Sunspot Hiway (6563), turning right and following that road past milepost 13, turning left onto Forest Road 64, and driving that gravel road 4 miles to the Hubbell Canyon Trailhead.
    page created by imike on Oct 18 2012 10:10 am
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