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Rim Trail #105, NM

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Rated  Favorite Wish List NM > Southeast
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Difficulty 4.5 of 5
Distance One Way 30.76 miles
Trailhead Elevation 8,756 feet
Elevation Gain -1,121 feet
Accumulated Gain 4,775 feet
Kokopelli Seeds 46.67
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21  2013-10-19
Rim Trail
Author HAZ_Hikebot
author avatar Guides 16,882
Routes 16,052
Photos 24
Trips 1 map ( 6 miles )
Age 22 Male Gender
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Preferred   Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep
Sun  5:48am - 6:07pm
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    Most recent Triplog Reviews
    Rim Trail #105
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    Great day out on this exceptional loop... odd to find the tops of the ridges along Alamo Peak road denuded... doing more of that very odd mulching... thinning... all in the name of groundwater maintenance? Also, Atchinson Meadows has some major construction project going on that no one at the Ranger Station was aware of??

    Good day out with Ross and Luster...
    Rim Trail #105
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    This is probably the time to do this, as the color is up. However, it was cold! So cold, my joints hurt and I was concerned I might be getting sick. The best parts are earlier on, with the maples. Sunnier, and better views, too.

    I had my belief that I prefer warmer, steeper, hikes over long cold and level, confirmed. This has AEG, but it is subtle, so you won't notice it. I didn't. Tomorrow, unless I am actually getting sick, another lap on Dog Canyon to Sunspot.

    Extreme for conifers with maples and aspen in between.
    Rim Trail #105
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    Easier day exploring off of 634... found some great stuff, but not the trail to drop down to Karr Canyon... may have to go back for that. Did off trail loop back up to the Rim Trail... 5 hours total and good pulse rate most of the time.

    Yubao goes for his first ever 50 miler in the morning... I dropped off water supply for those loops. In town early (1am!!)to work some volunteer projects, then heading back up for the rest of the week training at altitude.

    Driving in was a slalom course around deer and elk!
    Rim Trail #105
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    The 6am meetup was easy since I never made it to sleep last night (bed by 8pm... with book... read 'till 2am! Wide awake... just stayed up) So, up on the mountain and on the trail little after 7am. Surprised to learn that the southern end of the trail only went 3 miles past West Side Road (?)...

    ...then hiked the 4 mile section we failed to cover last time out, and repeated down the very nice upper drainage to Sacramento Lake; that high altitude canyon deserves more attention next summer.

    ...checked out Sacramento Falls trail. What can be said about a trail that is .2 miles long? Still, it probably gets more attention and hikers than 99% of the other area trails.

    ...started to do a loop around Thousand Mile Canyon and Overlook Canyon, then realized it is hunting season and off trail end of day might not be smart in muted color clothing...

    Finally figured out what is likely wrong with my training program; I'll look to some new plans to correct the problems.

    14 degrees to kick the morning off, but clear day and calm winds yielded pleasant temps for most of the hike.

    Good to be on the mountain!
    Rim Trail #105
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    Yubao and Renee showed up early... we oriented from the Sunspot Visitor Center and started out with the obscure 105B loop around the Observatory, then took off for Heart Attack Canyon... covering all of the B loop section and most of the standard route. Next... headed out south and enjoyed the much nicer and very little used portion of the Rim Trail. Renee had not been hiking in some time, so I cut the route short by dropping down a canyon towards the Sacramento Basin, knowing it could open the options for hitch hiking if needed. The canyon turned out to be exceptional... have to revisit that area! We hiked up the paved road for a ways, then detoured back into the trees for a return to the Rim... and back to the car.

    Looks as if we'll have to have another hit to finish off the far southern portion of the Rim trail, then many more days to check out all the connecting canyons diving off that ridge.

    Yubao: hot pepper in his socks! What was he thinking... limped through the entire day!

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