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Bailey Canyon, NM

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Difficulty 1.5 of 5
Route Finding 1 of 5
Distance Round Trip 3.6 miles
Trailhead Elevation 8,140 feet
Elevation Gain 500 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 2 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 6.1
Interest Off Trail Hiking
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Author imike
author avatar Guides 253
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Photos 6,930
Trips 2,467 map ( 21,513 miles )
Age 69 Male Gender
Location Cloudcroft, NM
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Preferred   Aug, Jul, Sep, Jun → 8 AM
Seasons   ALL
Sun  5:48am - 6:07pm
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by imike

Likely In-Season!
For some odd reason, this trail is omitted from the Hiking Guides for this region. It begins just off Hiway 82, at the same area where the Rails to Trails Switchback Trail begins. Instead of heading out on that trail or up either of the two forest roads (FR 206..FR 206C), the hike simply takes off up the natural drainage between the two roads.


The trail winds up-drainage through dense Doug Fir and Pine, a narrow, well tread path eventually reaching a broad meadow frequently visited with Elk, Deer and Turkey.

Exiting the upper end of the meadow, the trail moves through more of the same tall forests finally arriving at a larger, once improved homestead area, complete with water tanks, old foundations, pastures and wild horses. The trail also intersects FR 568, which winds back to the right, intersecting the aforementioned FR 206C... opening up the possibility for a loop hike back to the car. The more pleasant route, if hiking, is to walk back down the valley the way you entered.

If mountain biking, it is fun to simply begin the ride in the Village of Cloudcroft, riding on connecting trails over to FR 568, then descending the valley trail as part of a broader outing. FR 203, Bailey Canyon Rd., can add some nice additional mileage and climbing on the bike trip.

There are also the established and published Forest trails, including the Switchback Trail, that orient from the parking area at the beginning of the hike. Numerous routing options are available.

This trail gives an excellent presentation of what hiking in the Sacramento Mountains is like, and it is just off the paved Hiway, not requiring any lengthy drives over rougher roads.

Note: this area is subject to closure during the wildfire danger months of May and June... check with the Ranger station prior to planning any outings.

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2009-05-02 imike
    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
    Bailey Canyon
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    Met Ross... headed to Cloudcroft. Showed him one of my old favorites. Checked out possible cabin purchase, then drove down the hill using a back road out of High Rolls. Discovered very interesting route potential in upper canyon above Bridal Veil Falls... Rock formation full of gypsum... good day!

    Drove to trailhead here in town for third hit, but wind too high; drove home instead. Easier day.
    Bailey Canyon
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    Wow... getting too far behind on posting descriptions. I've got notes on eight routes hiked recently that I have yet to type up...

    goal for the year: two new hikes weekly. I'm hitting the goal hiking... just hard to keep up with the HAZ documentations! I have over 100 new hikes listed that I hope to do over the coming year... and I know there are another 50 hikes just north of here I should get over to do... Alas... not enough time for it all. But, if I just keep plodding along, it might eventually catch up.

    HAPE symptom effects coming and going... odd. I'll just plug along.
    Bailey Canyon
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    up on the mountaintop, looking at cabins... time to think about buying space in Cloudcroft. Found a few options! Also, checking out this years firewood cutting options... sounds as if I need to get up there and cut four cords before they close down the forest... Ranger says they will close it all down by mid May... just not enough snowfall this year. So, hope we get an early monsoon season!
    Bailey Canyon
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    drove up the mountain early... hiked the canyon then looped around and discovered yet another forest road... got to figure where it ends before I can write it up. Odd to find that one... I lived in the area and hiked all over for three years, somehow never noticed that little cut off route!

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    Directions
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    Paved - Car Okay

    To hike
    From Cloudcroft, follow Hiway 82 west (toward Alamogordo) 1.9 miles to the road intersection for FR 206, in the middle of the horseshoe curve. Turn right onto FR 206, proceed 100yds and park along the side of the road, or turn right at that same point and drive down the steep hill, proceeding another 100yds to park closer to the trail heading off up the drainage.
    page created by imike on May 02 2009 10:21 am
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