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Difficulty 2 of 5
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Distance One Way 1 mile
Trailhead Elevation 5,212 feet
Elevation Gain 90 feet
Accumulated Gain 115 feet
Avg Time One Way 20 minutes
Kokopelli Seeds 1.38
Interest Off Trail Hiking & Seasonal Waterfall
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Author imike
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Trips 2,467 map ( 21,513 miles )
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Location Cloudcroft, NM
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The Easy In!
by imike

Deadman Canyon, winding its way beneath the cliff side route followed by The Roundup Trail (t107), offers some easy Class I Canyoneer scrambling during the initial 2.5 miles of the lower Canyon. A few of those minor climbs might pose problems for beginning hikers.


What goes up does not always go down as easily.

Fortunately, at the top of the largest dryfall (below the junction of the canyon split) is a nice trail that winds up and back to the north, connecting with the Roundup Grounds Trail below where it begins its steep climb up to the Roundup Grounds.

At the top of the dryfall look for the clear path heading off from the northeast edge. This easy to walk path stays clear for most of the route, winding over the top of another dramatic dryfall formation, then moving off and around through the desert scrub, generally following near the cliff edges until it finally connects with the official Forest Service trail 107.

If you are hoping to use this path to enter the upper portion of Deadman Canyon from the Roundup Grounds Trail, look for the T107 Carbonbite sign below where the trail begins its steep ascent to the Roundup Grounds. Turn to your right off the trail at that point... or, from any point below that ascent, simply move over to walk the cliff edges overlooking Deadman Canyon. You will make your way around to connect with the path.

If you are headed for any of the upper sections of Deadman Canyon this route is an easier approach alternative.

This Spur trail offers a nice alternative to the scrambling of the canyon... or the steeper ascent up o the Roundup Grounds. It is worth the effort to find and become familiar with this great bit of connection.

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2014-01-21 imike

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    Most recent Triplog Reviews
    Deadman Spur
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    The Lunar Eclipse White Sands hike had the attention of most of the hikers... so, only four showed up for our Beginner Plus outing... we diverted to the more difficult Rap Cut. I got to check out my ribs on some more difficult scrambles. Okay on the day... felt them this morning! All good.
    Deadman Spur
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    early start... long day. Made our way up the correct canyon this time... and it was nice. the Upper regions did not offer much other than overviews into future routes... and access easily up to the Steamboat formation. We encounter the site of a plan wreck with most of the plane long gone.

    We exited below the Steamboat... down upper Deadman... into middle Dead... and that provided a great descent. We hit the Spur trail over to Roundup Ground trail... and down and out.

    We worked our way at various points around to see 4-6 more routes to check out.. the most dramatic will likely be BlackFace... the canyon immediately north of Black Rock. It appears to be cut off low down with a towering Face of Black rock. We could not see all the crevices... maybe there will be access???

    Steamboat access from the west end is not going to happen... need to loop the south side (Mule Canyon north) to check for routes... but more likely it will be from upper Deadman to the far east saddle.

    Sunny with breezes... 50's... very nice out!!
    Deadman Spur
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    Terri and two new hikers (visiting for the next few months) along on an easy connecting loop to loosen up after jury duty trial. I'm back in the pool on Monday... and the pattern repeats for the next two months... hard to believe they make you serve for 3 months! Hiking not an emphasis for the rest of the year! I guess maybe start training again in January...?
    Deadman Spur
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    Will and his son showed up for the Beginner hike up Deadman... along with Paul. They did well enough to tag on Arch Canyon.

    Lots of hikers out and about; the new signs may be working!

    Will was tracking the hike using HAZ Trac on his phone... seems to love the app. He's going to check out my tablet and try to adapt it... maybe I could then run that app...?
    Deadman Spur
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    10 hikers for the nice 2pm hike... including Lynn, the new author for the official trails guide for the Lincoln National Forest... interesting and informative conversations.

    Ongoing topic: rating hikes, hikes that I do: are they always too difficult? Email confirming same today: longtime Friday hiker no longer planning to hike because the hikes are off trail.

    Post hike hike for AEG... Ross came along.
    Deadman Spur
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    Jack, Sandy, Sharon, Summer, Chica and Happy rounded out Terri's Friday hiking group for this nice hike up to the blocking waterfall... warm day... odd to think just three years ago this week we were down to 12 degrees below zero instead of the 50 degree start we enjoyed this morning!

    Now... heading back out and up for trail work on the "A"...
    Deadman Spur
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    12 hikers showed up for our Sunday Beginner's Hike! Walked them up canyon through a bit of scrambling... then, traversed out and over to the Roundup Grounds trail for an easier exit...

    ... found new spur trail route... nice!

    Did a pre-hike hike... explored the Broken Buttress Cut, exited out Cave Canyon, hiking down canyon in the upper section before accessing the trail.

    Basically, a rest day.

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    From the T104 (Alamo Canyon) Trailhead, you will have walked around 2.33 miles up Deadman Canyon to the top of the dryfall formation... the upper portion of the Spur trail could be connected with off of the Roundup Grounds Trail around 2 miles from that same Trailhead
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