Bring a Lunch!
If you want an easier outing, with little chance of getting lost, this just might be the cut for you.
The Picnic Canyon Cuts take off from Alamo Canyon about two miles out from the T104 Trailhead. You will find yourself just short of the intersection with Caballero Canyon and Alamo Canyon... and the feature that guarantees you will turn into the right cut: you walk under the metal water pipe and support grid. That left turn under the water pipe starts your adventure!
The canyon climbs easily up towards Hershberger/Mesa Ridge and the far east end of The Mesa... and the total elevation gain reflected includes making your way to the top of the cut.
You will not.
Your hike will terminate far below, around the 5600' mark, at the bottom of one of the impressive Dryfall formations at the top of either of the two branches. I'd suggest going up the one on your left first. It terminates in some fun scrambling cliffs...
...then, retrace your path to follow the right hand branch up to a most impressive formation... not so easily climbed!
Either way you go will be the right choice to spend some quality down time. Take a book... or a pillow!
And... bring along that Picnic!
Note: if you attempt the upper portions of either of the two branches, you will be undertaking some severe Class II and Class III Canyoneering... very off trail... very steep... very dangerous! If you decide to do this, give me a call; I'll join you!
This hike is listed as One-Way.
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