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Stark Peak, NM

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Difficulty 1 of 5
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Distance One Way 1.1 miles
Trailhead Elevation 7,241 feet
Elevation Gain 101 feet
Accumulated Gain 145 feet
Avg Time One Way One Hour
Kokopelli Seeds 1.58
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Author imike
author avatar Guides 253
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Trips 2,467 map ( 21,513 miles )
Age 69 Male Gender
Location Cloudcroft, NM
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Seasons   Early Spring to Early Winter
Sun  6:06am - 6:16pm
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A Picnic Peak!
by imike

Stark Peak is mentioned in the official local hiking guide: stands out as the high point above the Forest Trails cutting through Caballero Canyon and Alamo Canyon below West Side Road (FR 90). In fact, from either of those trails you are more than likely going to think the crested high point further west of Stark is the peak. It is not... being a couple hundred feet shorter than the Stark standing not too proud itself at 7342'. From West Side Road the peak can be noted, but it does not really stand out... the prominence from that side is only a bit over 100'. Still, it is a named peak... might as well check it out.


The trek up is easy. An old jeep track winds away to the west from the upper Caballero trailhead (T103). There are a number of paths cut around but angle west and a bit south, and move slowly upward and around. You'll move on up the peninsula formation towards the peak. You do not have to stay with the old track; the walking is fairly open over the entire top of the mountain. You do get to enjoy some stunted pine and firs growths for a bit of summer shade.

If you access from the north or south, off of either of the official canyon trails, you will enjoy a bit more of a climb. For a more dramatic bit of hiking, follow the ridge down and around to the west from the peak and out to the false peak... the top there is open and cliffed out.

This peak is not worth the drive, but if you are already in the area, might as well check it out!

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2012-12-17 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 Alamogordo, drive hiway 82 up to the community of High Rolls, turning south on to West Side Road (Forest Road 90)... and following that rough dirt/gravel road around to the Caballero Canyon Trailhead...on your right nearly ten miles In.
    page created by imike on Dec 17 2012 1:43 pm
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