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Basin North Wash, NM

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Difficulty 4 of 5
Route Finding 3 of 5
Distance One Way 3.8 miles
Trailhead Elevation 4,594 feet
Elevation Gain 1,800 feet
Accumulated Gain 1,830 feet
Avg Time One Way 3 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 9.9
Interest Off-Trail Hiking, Seasonal Waterfall & Seasonal Creek
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Mineral Springs Trail #5579
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Age 72 Male Gender
Location Cloudcroft, NM
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Preferred Oct, Mar, Apr, Nov
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Sun  5:23am - 6:55pm
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Do It Once!
by imike

This canyon/wash has to be considered in two parts...

The lower section, basically the first two miles: shallow, open wash surrounded by low hills. It winds around, mostly with walking in the assorted size gravel of the wash bottom. There is very little bedrock walkway to enjoy. While not too overgrown, it is a touch on the dull side.

It does get better the higher you take it...

... too a point.

What has been extremely easy will now become hard (the canyon rating is all about this next section).

Around two miles in the canyon bends sharply to the north and begins to ascend Beeman Ridge.

The cut goes all the way up to the obvious saddle high up in the cliffs. If you proceed, the mostly flat canyon turns into a mostly steep, scrambly climb. The only practical application for this upper section may be that it cuts across the far end of the Garden Wall hike. I have used this canyon to descend off those walls... connecting over to the much nicer Mineral Springs trails for the walk around and down.

Exiting this canyon at any time in the first few miles allows you to do an easy traverse over to the South and those nicer hikes. Up out and over and you'll be having a better day.

Note: the far outer ends of the Indian Wells Trail (from the Space Museum) cut across this wash. If you are watching closely you will see it slide in from the north and exit immediately to the south.

This is not a bad route... it is just not as nice as the others close by. Still, it is nice to check out this wash that drains the far northern reaches of The Basin.

Do It Once!

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This is a moderately difficult hike.

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2013-12-07 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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    Map Drive
    Paved - Car Okay

    To hike
    From White Sands Blvd (the main road through Alamogordo) take any main artery street East to Scenic Drive. Take Scenic Drive north to Indian Wells Road. Park in the big vacant lot east of the intersection. Exit on the trail leaving the northeast corner of the lot... walk up and on to the levee. Drop over the levee heading east. You will find an old roadbed running north/south... follow that south a short distance, turning into an up the first drainage you hit. You will have crossed the exposed city waterpipe just as you reach the mouth of this canyon.
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    90+° 8am - 6pm kills
    prehydrate & stay hydrated

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