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Dog Canyon Upper, NM

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Canyons are inherently risky. Flash floods occur without notice on sunny days. Technical skills & surrounding topography knowledge required yet does not eliminate risk.
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Difficulty 3.5 of 5
Route Finding 3 of 5
Distance One Way 2.8 miles
Trailhead Elevation 6,377 feet
Elevation Gain 1,023 feet
Accumulated Gain 1,050 feet
Avg Time One Way 3 Hours
Kokopelli Seeds 6.3
Interest Off-Trail Hiking, Seasonal Waterfall & Seasonal Creek
Backpack Possible - Not Popular
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Author imike
author avatar Guides 253
Routes 0
Photos 6,930
Trips 2,467 map ( 21,513 miles )
Age 71 Male Gender
Location Cloudcroft, NM
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Preferred   Apr, Mar, Oct, Nov → Early
Seasons   Late Winter to Early Winter
Sun  5:15am - 7:05pm
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by imike

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Dog Canyon: Above The Falls

While Dog Canyon Trail (#106) stands out as the best known and most visited of all the area canyon trails, it only encounters a small part of the overall canyon drainage… there is more to be experienced.

That formal trail heads up and out of the canyon after it crosses the bottom of the cut at the site of the old line cabin. From there it heads north climbing out and onto Joplin Ridge.

Standing at the cabin site, looking up canyon, you gaze upon some very impressive cliffs, split by the towering waterfall formation… and it is hard not to wonder what lies above that cut.

In fact, miles more canyon flow up and away above the Falls, and the section immediately above is a delightful hike.

A great amount of the canyon bottom is scoured bedrock with a selection of mini-falls to scramble over. Though much diminished, the sidewall cliffs add a distinct canyon like feel to the setting.

You can continue to hike all the way up to Westside Road and beyond, though the name of the canyon changes to Road Canyon...?

There are a variety of approaches to access this area, with the easiest likely to be driving Westside Road to Short Ridge, and following the Forest Road (90P) down to it’s terminus above the canyon... then simply hiking down and in.

You can also cut over from the Dog Canyon Trail route… and anywhere along the FR 90B... just head south and find your way down and in.

Wait for Fall and score the added benefit of lots of color...

This may be the best of the canyon sections below West Side Road… and above the lower Cliffs. It takes a bigger effort... but it is worth it!

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2013-05-30 imike
    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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    This canyon could be accessed off the Dog Canyon Trail (#106) or from West Side Road (FR 90), or from he south off of Burnt Ridge. The side cliffs can be steep... check your map before heading in
    page created by imike on May 30 2013 4:57 pm
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