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Pumphouse Ridge, NM

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Distance One Way 8 miles
Trailhead Elevation 8,759 feet
Elevation Gain 250 feet
Accumulated Gain 600 feet
Avg Time One Way 3 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 10
Interest Off Trail Hiking
Backpack Yes - past 6 Miles
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Author imike
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Photos 6,930
Trips 2,467 map ( 21,513 miles )
Age 69 Male Gender
Location Cloudcroft, NM
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Sun  5:50am - 6:01pm
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Easy! and Ya Might See an Elk!
by imike

There are good reasons to do this route... but not too many.

Highest on the list would be if there is enough snow on the ground, this is ideal snow shoe or cross country skiing. The entire path is old logging road, very wide open expanse winding up and down through the heavily forested ridges south of Cloudcroft. There are numerous offshoot, abandoned spur roads angling off that can add to the adventure and time spent out... they are obvious, divergent roadbeds, mostly grass covered, off of the primarily gravel main route. All paths deadend, but you may cut off cross country to loop/connect some of the routes back to the main road. The longest of these offshoot roadways is 2.6 miles... most others less than one mile.

This is also a very good area to enjoy a good, non-technical mountain bike ride. Running is also one of the better usages for these routes. The Cloudcroft Village is linked to the road system through a walking trail at the edge of town. You will add approximately two miles to the 8 mile potential of FR 5661 if you depart on your trek from the Village.

The area is flush with turkey, deed and elk... and seasonally, there are cattle grazing along the roads.

The route follows this wide cut roadway up through the densly covered pine forests. Active tree harvesting is still going on in this area, though it is rare to encounter a logging truck. The great aspect of this route is it's simplicity. Gravel roadway... grass covered, deadend offshoots. Really hard to get lost, and it is simply an immediate off and away from the Village. If there is snow, it will be an open pathway. And, the nicest aspect is that it is probably 2/3 uphill on the way out, so 2/3 downhill coming home. The route is rolling, with ups and downs and few flat areas.

This road can also be driven into and parked along to facilitate starting your adventure anywhere along the 8 miles, and as such is great for car camping.

This hike, bike, run, ski, shoe is effectively as long as you decide to make it. It is an out and back route, with the back usually faster and easier than the out.

So, not a great hike, but a great outing if you are staying in Cloudcroft.

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2008-12-03 imike

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    Pumphouse Ridge
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    Interesting bike...hike day!

    Started out around 7am riding over to the hike... couple miles... easy. 8am hike got off on time. We approached the canyon with an initial ascent of the old traditional trail... then cut over and dropped in. Unfortunately the most impactful aspect of the canyon today: tons on new graffiti!! It is a mess up in their. While this pattern is not new, most of the historic paint has been fading nicely. Alas... no more.

    We climbed to the huge flowover and found more new paint.

    From that point we moved south around the base of the cliffs to the next drainage then ascended the really nice cascading dryfall up to the Mesa Basin. Once there, we moved over to the Goat Springs Trail for an easy descent. I loaded up on Apples Ross had brought from his Orchard... and biked home...

    ...just in time to meet Luster. I switched from the round town computing mtn bike to a better mtn bike and we headed up to Cloudcroft. The drive up moved us nicely into cloudcover and cooler temps. The 80's in the valley transformed into low 60's!
    Luster is new to the area, so I showed him the first section of the Pumphouse Road ride. It was good, but there was much less color showing than I hoped for... oh, well. The upcoming Mystic Meander will likely miss out also!?

    Ride over... easy drive down the hill... and Luster dumped me off cross town. I shopped for food and socked 40#+ into a backpack for the six mile ride home... that may have been my biggest bit of training for the day!

    Left around 7am... home at 3:30.

    I am attempting to correct some pronounced metabolic issues, so on this day I fully restrained from any food intake. Zero calories since 6pm yesterday. I plan to eat my meal of the day at 6pm this evening. I checked my Blood Glucose level: 188... after over twenty hours fasting... and 6+ hours moderately hard exercise. Hmmmm... :o

    All good... now, might I head out the door for a little run to round out the day?
    Pumphouse Ridge
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    energy stayed good for the ride, and added a nice off trail portion towards the end... played down a really nice old logging road, closed off but still in great grassy shape for riding. Might provide an offtrail access across and down to hiway 130... have to come back and check it out. It would also make a great bike camping route... nice sites off and away and yet easy to get to from the Village.

    I'm not sure why they are out here repaving this road to nowhere that no one uses and was already in good enough shape for even a low clearance vehicle. this new base of hard packed gravel is eliminating all those very interesting rock shelves and chatter board that made the downhills so enticing on the bike. This is miles and miles of road work that can have no basis except to be spending money... ah, the government.

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    FR / Dirt Road / Gravel - Car Okay

    To hike
    Since this route effectively begins in the Village of Cloudcroft, Drive to Cloudcroft, NM... follow the signs to The Lodge (located on Corona Dr.)... follow Corona south until it ends. The trail begins on the other side of the road barricade.

    If you are staying in the Village of Cloudcroft, it is easiest to simply walk, run or bike through the Village over towards the Lodge (main tourist attraction with the Nations highest 9 hole golf course) on Corona Drive, then simply follow Corona Drive south to it's end. Just past the Dead End sign the trail begins on the far side of the barricaded roadway. This is the official start of the Rim Trail, the first trail in New Mexico to be designated a National Recreational Trail. This path will lead along NM Hiway 130 over to FR24B. At this first paved road crossing, turn left onto the road and follow it up and through two well developed group camping areas, winding above those to the junction of FR 5661, the first gravel road on your right. You may choose to drive to this point to begin your adventures; if so, from the junction of US82 and NM 130 in the Village, drive NM130 1.1 miles south to the Deerhead Campground on your right, and turn in to the first paved road on your left past the campground (FR 24B). Follow the paved road up through the group camp sites to the FR 5661, the first gravel road on your right past the campgrounds. Just past the turn for 5661 there is a nice parking area for La Pasada Encantada Trail; you may want to park there and walk the 100' back to the 5661 beginning.
    page created by imike on Dec 03 2008 3:28 pm
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