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San Andreas Canyon Trail #125, NM

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Difficulty 3 of 5
Route Finding 1 of 5
Distance One Way 2 miles
Trailhead Elevation 7,613 feet
Elevation Gain 1,518 feet
Accumulated Gain 1,518 feet
Avg Time One Way 2 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 7.06
Interest Seasonal Creek
Backpack Yes & Connecting
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Author imike
author avatar Guides 253
Routes 0
Photos 6,930
Trips 2,467 map ( 21,513 miles )
Age 69 Male Gender
Location Cloudcroft, NM
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Preferred   May, Oct, Sep, Apr → 8 AM
Seasons   ALL
Sun  5:49am - 6:06pm
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Strolling in the Pines...
by imike

Likely In-Season!
The local hiking guide says to never go up this trail, always go down it (suggesting it is better done as a connected loop with one of the other ridge access trails). Their reasoning: the 55% grades at the upper end of the trail. In fact, the overly steep portions near the top are brief, and the soft, sandy soil allows for good footing on even the steepest sections. While it might be more fun to enjoy this hike as a connected loop, it is fine as a very nice up/down or down/up hike. Other than that very steep top portion of the trail, most of the rest of the hike is a nice meander through pine tree canopied, open forest. In the lower reaches of the trail there is a pleasant meadow with a small pond and stream.


As with much of the trails in the Sacramento Mountains, expect a number of downfalls blocking portions of the trail. In a way these are nice additions; they discourage the weekend warriors on their ATV's. I have never encountered another hiker on any of the Seven ridge access trails... and only the very occasional ATV advocate on the weekends... and they more typcially stay to the forest roads instead of the trails.

Trail 125 connects to the Rim Trail (T105) New Mexico's first Forest route to be designated a National Recreational Trail. T105 may be used to connect to all Seven of the trails that access the ridge from lower elevations.

Note: it is not uncommon for the mountain trails to be closed to fire danger during the pre-monsoon months of May and June. Check with the Forest Service before planning your trip. Sacramento Ranger District Office: (505) 682-2551

Animal encounters along this trail: Elk, Deer, Black Bear, Turkey

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2009-05-01 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.

    Most recent Triplog Reviews
    San Andreas Canyon Trail #125
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    With the heat still oppressing here in the Basin, we headed up the hill, hoping for cooler. We found it... and also scored pretty impressive color!

    I must have never checked out San Andreas during the Fall colors... it is impressive. Alas, my camera is way off, so I did not fully capture the moments effectively... but did get something of an impression of the settings.

    We added in a bit of exploration for an exit route off the top of the ridge... The Topo Maps show an odd straight line trail, labeled San Andreas trail, north of the official trail. Way too straight to be a real route... what we found was a fenceline? Likely, some long ago survey marked that boundary and labeled it. There are game trails following some of the fence... but the better routing tends to stay with the ridgeline. It was a fun descent.

    With such a nice day, we also added in an additional exploratory to locate the missing Moonshine trail. We did locate the lower trailhead... hiked some of it, but it is as bad as it looked from the top... so, we turned back early.

    All in all... good day out!
    San Andreas Canyon Trail #125
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    30# backpack... cool to cold, moist day. Legs still felt beat up from the long trail run. I may have to add in an additional rest or lighter day to fully recover from the running day. It could be that it is just that I have not been running and started the series out with that 14 mile hit?! I'll see how it goes next week, but today was pretty mediocre.

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    Directions
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    To hike
    The lower Trailhead is reached by driving from Cloudcroft, NM down NM 82 to High Rolls. At the intersection of NM 82 and FR 90, take FR 90 (West Side Road) south 14.3 miles to the San Andreas Canyon Trailhead on the left side of the road

    To reach the upper trailhead, in Cloudcroft intersection of NM 82 and Nm 130, take NM 130 south 1.8 miles to NM 6563 (Sunspot Hiway) turn right and follow NM 6563 to Mile Post 8.. then .6 miles further along, turn right on to FR 640 (Atkinson Canyon Road). Follow this rougher dirt and gravel road for 4.2 miles to the trailhead of T235 in a deep sadddle along this ridge section. Proceed an additional .7 miles along FR 640 to an intersection with the Rim Trail (T105)... San Andreas Canyon Trailhead may be found approx 250' down T105 to the right. T105 crosses FR 640 a number of times over the course of the road. You can park anywhere along the road and access the Rim Trail for a longer hike in to the Trailhead.
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