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Mineral Ridge, NM

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Difficulty 3.5 of 5
Route Finding 2 of 5
Distance One Way 3.7 miles
Trailhead Elevation 4,594 feet
Elevation Gain 2,500 feet
Accumulated Gain 2,555 feet
Avg Time One Way 3 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 12.21
Interest Off-Trail Hiking, Seasonal Waterfall, Seasonal Creek & Peak
Backpack Possible & Connecting
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23  2013-12-07 imike
7  2013-12-07
Mineral Springs Trail #5579
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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Sun  5:18am - 7:02pm
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Hold the High Ground!
by imike

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The Basin east of Alamogordo… 4500’ to 7,000’. Most of the hiking ranges lower.

There are a couple of connecting routes that can carry hikers up and out, but those orient to the Southeast… all linking to The Ortega/Dry Canyon Traverse.

In the North and Middle Upper regions there are mostly cliffs cutting off the access. It would be nice to be able to loop up/down coordinating with Beeman and Horse Ridge. Winter Peak might make an ideal destination for a more dramatic Basin hike.

The best chance of that happening: Mineral Ridge.

The Ridge lies between Mineral Springs Canyon and Mineral Springs Canyon North in the mid regions. Above Mineral Springs it ranges on the south side of Mineral Springs Canyon North. Below the Springs, the Ridge is designated as Dark Mesa.

This multi-tiered ridge walks with relative ease… sometimes overgrown, but usually allowing a winding passage ever up. The various levels of ledges and cliffs never cut off passage. Eventually, the Ridge cliffs out below Winter Peak on Horse Ridge.

While it is easy to hike the lower section, Dark Mesa, the more practical section begins as Mineral Springs Trail (T5579) winds up and over the Ridge… just as the trail drops over into Mineral Springs Canyon (at the metal water tank). Instead of walking down past the tank, continue up the middle of the ridge. You’ll note an old horse trail cutting its way up through the lower ledges.

The horse trail has not been used in decades… but its old rut will carry you for awhile. Eventually, you will have to make your own way. The southern side of the slope tends to be more overgrown… drift to the north for a clearer route.

This is off trail. Take your time and enjoy!

You can hook up with the upper portions of The Mineral Springs Trail (to the south) for most of the upper mile.

You can access the very interesting upper regions of Mineral Springs Canyon North at any time by working your way around to your left. Be careful if you decide to descend down that drainage.

So... for a short off trail trek... or a push to the top and out... this ridge just might be the ticket?

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2013-12-08 imike

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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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    Park at the intersection of Indian Wells Road and Scenic Drive in Alamogordo. Walk east out of the vacant lot, up on to the levee... then south for a few hundred yards. Access the Ridge walking cross country to your East, or access it higher up along either Mineral Springs Trail... or Little Mineral Springs Trail.
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