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Dark Mesa Spur Trail, NM

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Difficulty 2 of 5
Route Finding 1 of 5
Distance One Way 1 mile
Trailhead Elevation 5,321 feet
Elevation Gain 50 feet
Avg Time One Way 10 minutes
Kokopelli Seeds 1.17
Backpack Yes & Connecting
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Author imike
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Location Cloudcroft, NM
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This is A Find!
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This is a sweet connection!

Where Mineral Springs Trail (#5579)loops around the west side of the big hill right below the Water Tank and Springs, as you reach the south side of the hill, the trail turns sharply to the left and heads up to the Water Tank. At this point you have left the Beeman Canyon side of the drainages; to the south are the Lost Trail drainages.

Here, you could leave the trail and head out along the cliffs of Dark Mesa to the West… or… You could divert off and down on the use trail exiting to your right (south). This short Spur trail crosses the top of a drainage cut then turns right and heads out across the hillside.

Looking up, Dark Mesa Peak cliffs out dramatically above on your left.

You wind around on a very good use trail (…thanks to local mountain bike riders!) that eventually dumps you out over on the old Jeep track of the Little Mineral Springs trail. On some Topo Maps, that route is labeled as Rd 426.

Though short, less than .3 mile, this spur trail provides a great connection, allowing you to create a variety of nice loops.

Take the time to get to know this one... it will come in handy!

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2013-05-24 imike

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    This hike is listed as One-Way.

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    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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    You would use this connecting Spur with either Mineral Spring Trail (5579) or Little Mineral Spring Trail (426). It provides a shortcut route between the Beeman Ridge drainages and the Lost Trail drainages.
    page created by imike on May 24 2013 11:28 am
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