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A Ridges North, NM

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Difficulty 3 of 5
Route Finding 2 of 5
Distance One Way 1.5 miles
Trailhead Elevation 4,733 feet
Elevation Gain 1,700 feet
Accumulated Gain 1,795 feet
Avg Time One Way 2 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 7.48
Interest Off Trail Hiking
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A Canyon South - Terri's Cut
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Preferred   Oct, Mar, Apr, Nov → Any
Seasons   ALL
Sun  6:37am - 5:01pm
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Nearby Area Water
Lost Trail Drainage North
Lost Trail Drainage North
0.3 mi away
3.0 mi
2,600 ft
Pipeline Road - Alamogordo
Pipeline Road - Alamogordo
0.3 mi away
7.0 mi
220 ft
Lost Trail Canyon: South Fork
Lost Trail Canyon: South Fork
0.4 mi away
3.5 mi
2,120 ft
Ortega Peak via Lost Trail Drainage
0.4 mi away
4.5 mi
3,200 ft
Ortega Canyon
Ortega Canyon
0.4 mi away
4.2 mi
3,100 ft
Ortega Ridge North
0.4 mi away
3.5 mi
2,795 ft
A Canyon South - Terri
A Canyon South - Terri's Cut
0.4 mi away
2.5 mi
1,780 ft
Ortega Canyon South
Ortega Canyon South
0.4 mi away
3.3 mi
3,100 ft
Ortega Ridge
Ortega Ridge
0.4 mi away
3.6 mi
3,300 ft
Ortega Peak
Ortega Peak
0.4 mi away
3.9 mi
3,100 ft
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Beware: Private Property!
by imike

Likely In-Season!
The primary A Ridge is distinguished by having our A Trail (T119) winding up and along its crest. It has a variety of the Marble Canyon drainages running along its south side.


The two ridges to the north of that -A- Ridge, terminating around the 6400' level at the A Bluffs, comprise A Ridges North.

The closer ridge is shadowed by Terri's Cut to the south, and A Canyon North to the north. The northern most ridge has A Canyon North on its south side, with Ortega Canyon South to the north.

Either Ridge will carry you up to the A Bluffs where you could connect with the A Trail or Michal's Traverse to Jim's Cut and beyond.

The lower reaches of both ridges are on private land, crossed fenced to make access a bit difficult. They are not posted against trespass; at this time it appears to be okay to hike across and in. The easier of the two, the northern most ridge, is climbed by hiking around the north side of the upper city water storage tank... or from the lower reaches of Ortega Canyon South.

Both ridges offer dramatic side cliffs with views down into the surrounding canyons... and moderately easy walking to their upper reaches. For nice winter time sun exposure these highpoint hikes offer a pleasant alternative to the cold canyon cuts.

They are worth the effort, especially when combined with one of the surrounding routes.

Check them out!

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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    Depending on your plans for a connecting loop... park at the trailhead for the "A Trail" or the lower city water tank at the eastern end of Thunder Road. Do not park at the upper tank nor at the mouth of Ortega Canyon South. It is better to park below the private land areas, down in the National Forest directly adjacent to the city.
    page created by imike on Jan 20 2014 12:55 pm
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