Gobbler Knob Trail #236, NM • Hike
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Gobbler Knob Trail #236, NM

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Difficulty 2 of 5
Route Finding 2 of 5
Distance One Way 2.7 miles
Trailhead Elevation 7,508 feet
Elevation Gain 267 feet
Accumulated Gain 408 feet
Avg Time One Way 1.5 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 4.06
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 Backpack Possible - Not Popular
unreported if dogs are allowed
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Age 73 Male Gender
Location Cloudcroft, NM
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Southeast Region
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Preferred Oct, May, Apr, Sep
Seasons   Early Autumn to Early Spring
Sun  5:53am - 6:23pm
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It's all about the End...
by imike

  Likely In-Season!
This hike is a meander through juniper, pine and scrub oak over a too oft used jeep track, now kept torn up with ORV use... but, it is worth the effort, and pretty much solely because of the views from the top of the Knob. There you will find you have a 360 degree view. To the east you gaze up at the ridge line of the Sacramentos, 1500' above you, with the Solar Observatory at Sunspot sticking out conspicuously with it's tall white spire. To the north you can see Sierra Blanca, the tallest mountain in this range. Looking far south you can glimpse the Guadalupe Mountains on the far south end of the Lincoln National Forest; Texas' highest mountain. But the drama all lies below you to the west.

Immediately off the ridge a hogback formation curves off and down into the drainage with impressive erosive spires, leading over to huge shiprock mesa formations projecting out towards the basin far below. The drainage winds down to the desert floor, ending in a section of the White Sands National Monument (not sure why... there is no white sand over here). Off and across the basin lies the southern end of the vast White Sands Desert... sprawling away into the distance and over to the mountains on their far side. It is a spot to linger and enjoy the spectacles.

Eventually, you will have to head back, and the hike has a deceptive amount of accumulated elevation gain through subtle ups and downs... but not enough to pose any real challenge. In fact, a much nicer approach to this hike is to drive up to the Solar Observatory and walk down trail #234...#234A to West side road, then walk the 1.7 miles over to Gobbler Trail (#236) rounding out your day to a nice 14 miles with around 2800' of elevation gain. Or, walk up from the desert floor... shorter than the Observatory, but with over 3000' of climbing. There are options.

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2009-09-28 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.

     Permit $$

    FR / Dirt Road / Gravel - Car Okay

    To hike
    From Highrolls, between Alamogordo and Cloudcroft on hiway 82, turn south on West Side Road (FR 90) and drive 21.5 miles, passing FR 90F, and looking for a blockaded old jeep road on your right. The signs have been removed as of this date, but about 100 yards into the old road bed the track is blocked with metal hiway barracade... which you'll bypass on the left. If you do not encounter this barracade, return to your car; you're on the wrong track.
    page created by imike on Sep 27 2009 6:36 pm

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