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A Trail - Connections, NM

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Difficulty 3 of 5
Route Finding 2 of 5
Distance Round Trip 5 miles
Trailhead Elevation 4,551 feet
Elevation Gain 2,900 feet
Accumulated Gain 3,010 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 4 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 20.05
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Backpack Yes & Connecting
Photos Viewed All Mine Following
56  2014-08-16
Quarry Canyon
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44  2014-01-29
A Canyon South - Terri's Cut
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Preferred   Oct, Apr, Mar, Nov → Any
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Sun  6:37am - 5:01pm
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Short Canyon
Short Canyon
0.0 mi away
1.0 mi
590 ft
Ortega/Dry Canyon Traverse
0.0 mi away
2.5 mi
550 ft
Ortega Peak
Ortega Peak
0.1 mi away
3.9 mi
3,100 ft
The Mesa via Marble Canyon
0.2 mi away
2.5 mi
1,300 ft
Marble Canyon - South - North Spur
Marble Canyon - South - North Spur
0.2 mi away
3.5 mi
2,500 ft
Hershberger Peak via Marble Canyon
0.2 mi away
4.0 mi
3,250 ft
Marble Canyon - Middle
Marble Canyon - Middle
0.2 mi away
2.5 mi
1,900 ft
Marble Canyon North N1 - Grotto Canyon
Marble Canyon North N1 - Grotto Canyon
0.2 mi away
2.9 mi
2,145 ft
Hershberger Ridge
0.2 mi away
3.6 mi
3,200 ft
Marble Canyon - South
Marble Canyon - South
0.2 mi away
3.1 mi
2,380 ft
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Connect This!
by imike & tarryon

Likely In-Season!
As one of the few formal Forest Service Trails in the Alamogordo area, T119 (A Trail), receives the most daily use of any other route. Most folks walk up a ways, turn around and walk back down. The 900’ per mile grade gives a great bit of work out.

As the surrounding ridges and canyons have come more into play as great hiking routes, the A has become more and more popular as both a connecting and exit trail. Below is a list of most of the popular connections.


The mileages and elevations are based on a single day GPS reading.

Trailhead: 4551’

1. Short Canyon -R- .10 (4665’)
2. Short Canyon Trail -R- .20 (4715’)
3. OutCrop Ledges -L-.25 (4743’)
4. "A" Slabs.52 (4971’)
5. "A" Canyons -L-.62 (5054’) **
6. Rock Garden -L-.74 (5126’)
7. Short Canyon Upper -R-.87 (5182’)
8. One Mile Tree -L-1.00 (5215’)
9. Sotol Canyon -R-1.03 (5270’)
10. "A" Cut Rocks -L- 1.31 (5486’)
11. Dead Tree Seat -L- 1.46 (5627’)
12. Deep Cut Bench -R- 1.53 (5718’)
13. Ocotillo Ledge 1.57 (5750’)
14. Quarry Canyon -R- 1.57 (5750’) Gold Mine
15. Marble Bluff -R- (5890’)
16. Thor’s Hammer -R- (5890’)
17. Two Mile Bench -R- 2.0 (6304’)
18. The Bluff -L-2.0 (6304’)
19. Michal’ Traverse -L-2.0 (6304’) ***
20. Leah’s Lair -R- 2.20 (6500’) Fissure
21. Marble Cny N1 -R- 2.26 (6550’)
22. History Rock2.36 (6620’)
23. The Catwalk 2.48 (6709’)
24. Marble Ridge 1 -R- 2.50 (6717’)
25. Marble Cny N2 -R- 2.61 (6760’)
26. Marble Ridge 2 -R- 2.75 (6902’) ****
27. Marble Cny N4 -R- 3.01 (7127’)
28. Water Tank -R- 3.05 (7160’)***** Ridge
29. Dry Cny Traverse--
30. Horse Ridge--
31. Marble Cny N8 -R- 3.10 (7200’)
32. Ortega Peak -L- 3.30 (7298’)
33. Miner Ridge -L- 3.39 (7300’)
34. "A" Peak -L-3.63 (7367’)
35. Marble Ridge 4 -R-
36. Marble Canyon North -R-3.96 (7348’)
37. Hershberger Peak 4.50 (7409’)
38. Hell Hole Canyon 4.55 (7425’)
39. Hell Hole Trail -R-4.82 (7282’)
40. Devil’s Backbone
41. Caballero Canyon
42. Dry Canyon Trail
43. Upper Trailhead 119 5.00
44. West Side Road Connection less than one half mile up old trailway...

These connecting features, and a number of others, allow for a broad diversity of interesting day hikes. The A Trail supports connecting routes for all of the Marble Canyon Drainage area, the Ortega Canyons and Ridges, the Lost Trail Canyons and Ridges… and any of the Basin loops. It provides an easier exit down off of West Side Road with the variety of higher forest trails.

It is our main hiking artery here in the Alamogordo Area

** The A Canyons include Terri’s Cut, Jim’s Cut, A Cut and A Canyon North

*** Michal’s Traverse provides a connecting route over the top of Terri’s Cut, to Jim’s Cut, across to Ortega Canyon South, to Yubao’s Cut and beyond.

**** The Ridge flowing off to the south and west behind the water tank borders a variety of Marble Canyon North Spur Canyons ( north / south ), including the Ortega Cut N8, Slide Canyon N7, N6, Cactus Cliffs Cut N5, and Slab Canyon N4.

imike & tarryon
    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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    In Alamogordo, NM, Follow 10th Street East to it's end at the City Fire Station... turn left and drive down to the small bridged wash a bit over one tenth mile. That gully, marked with a carbonite trail sign, is the beginning of the -A- Trail
    page created by imike on Jan 16 2014 11:41 am
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