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Boundary Spur Trail, NM

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Difficulty 3 of 5
Route Finding 3 of 5
Distance One Way 1.2 miles
Trailhead Elevation 7,007 feet
Elevation Gain 182 feet
Accumulated Gain 290 feet
Avg Time One Way 1 hour
Kokopelli Seeds 2.17
Interest Off-Trail Hiking & Perennial Creek
Backpack Yes & Connecting
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Trips 2,467 map ( 21,513 miles )
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Location Cloudcroft, NM
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Seasons   Late Winter to Early Winter
Sun  5:25am - 6:49pm
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Make It a Looping Return!
by imike

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If you are hiking up Sawmill Canyon and would like to enjoy some off trail that is not really that off, consider adding this short spur trail as an augment to your return route. Basically, it loops a small knob, winding along the boundary fence (Forest Service / Mescalero Indian Reservation).

If you are hiking from in Ruidoso off the High Rocky Road, you will be about 1.5 miles up canyon when you hit the intersection. If you are hiking over from the Casino, you will be about 1.66 miles into your hike. Best to check the maps to orient to this track.

This diversion will bring you right back to the Forest Rd 9017E you were hiking up canyon. On the map, the route only shows the connection on the western end, but in reality, there is a road that turns off to the south on the eastern end. You will intersect this route just after crossing the small drainage... usually the first with any water in it. Turn left off of FR 9017E, proceed not quite to the top of the road cut (.2 miles) ... and turn to your right when you encounter the steep cleared road bed heading to the top of the slope in that direction.

Once on top you will encounter the narrow use trail that winds back over towards the Reservation. It will not be long before the trail widens out to a full double track. Eventually, it moves over right next to the boundary fence and follows that up and down until it encounters the old logging road coming in from the right.

That road section meets FR 9017E at the top of the hill... short loop complete!

There seems to be varied disagreement as to whether or not it is okay to hike on the Reservation property. The folks at the Casino said it is fine. Most of the signs you encounter in the area tell you just the opposite. Supposedly, the signs are to keep the Hotel clients safe and not lost out in the forest. Fortunately, this spur remains fully within the National Forest boundaries.


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    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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    Connector trail - Not Applicable

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    This add-on Spur route can be accessed from the connecting trails ranging out from the Inn of the Mountain Gods, and from the Forest Rd 9017E, winding up Sawmill Canyon. There are connecting routes over and around Grindstone Mesa, and Grindstone Canyon, including the formal Grindstone Trail.
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