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Picnic Canyons, NM

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Difficulty 2.5 of 5
Route Finding 2 of 5
Distance One Way 1 mile
Trailhead Elevation 5,157 feet
Elevation Gain 1,700 feet
Accumulated Gain 1,780 feet
Avg Time One Way 1 hour
Kokopelli Seeds 6.93
Interest Off-Trail Hiking & Seasonal Waterfall
Backpack Possible - Not Popular
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Author imike
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Trips 2,467 map ( 21,513 miles )
Age 71 Male Gender
Location Cloudcroft, NM
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Bring a Lunch!
by imike

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!

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2014-01-31 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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    To hike
    This Spur Canyon lies around 2 miles up Alamo Canyon, just below the junction with Caballero Canyon. It makes for a great destination from the T104 Trailhead at the bottom of Alamo Canyon... or as an addition to a loop around the Roundup Grounds Trail (T107)... or combined with the Roundup Cliffs loop.
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