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Prominent Point, NM

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Difficulty 3.5 of 5
Route Finding 2 of 5
Distance One Way 1 mile
Trailhead Elevation 5,423 feet
Elevation Gain 1,000 feet
Avg Time One Way 1 hour
Kokopelli Seeds 4.33
Interest Off-Trail Hiking & Peak
Backpack Possible - Not Popular
varies or not certain dogs are allowed
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Age 72 Male Gender
Location Cloudcroft, NM
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Sun  5:23am - 6:55pm
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Yes, it Really is That Steep...
by imike

If you need a nasty bit of steep, and do not have much time to dedicate, the hike up to the top of Prominent Point may be just what is called for. While the stats suggest a simple thousand foot per mile grade (steep in it's own right) that is misleading. The half mile walk over across the desert scrub will give you a nice warmup, though perhaps not quite enough. The elevation gain in that first half mile is minimal... the next half mile is all about up and more up. You will be hiking the old jeep track that simply charges straight up the hill. The jeep track dies out once it reaches the first protruding rock formation and levels out briefly as you work your way around to the north side (left) then up and on top of that high point. From there, simply proceed off trail directly up to the very obvious jutting rock formation immediately above you. You have some options at this point, and they will effect your true mileage. It is possible to go up and over the face of the rock cliff, scrambling up the front of the point, but the exposure is extreme and the surface loose. Not for me! You may move around to the right, following the base of the rock formation accessing the top through and over a narrow shelf that angles you to the top... not a bad option, but it is steep... and you have to pick your way up to the initial face over sharp rock and sharper flora.

The third option, and longer, easier route is to work your way around the north side (to your left). If you choose this option, once you reach the little bench below the face, do not take off up that last rocky hill towards the base of the formation, but instead move to your left and seek out a very obscure deer track that winds around through the desert scrub. This trail will angle up and around the north side to a saddle behind and to the north of the outcropping. Instead of sticking to the face of the rock once you are around back, make it easy on yourself and angle away from the rock up to the low point in the saddle. From there, you will find a nicely clear and softly angled slab area, nearly as if there was once a graded road cut to the top. No matter how you decide to climb to the peak, I highly recommend this route for your return trip down.

Once on top, you'll enjoy an exceptional overview of the city...

This is also the route of choice to access RockaChucky Wash for a very interesting drainage hike... and the easiest access to move on and up to The Mesa.

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2010-02-19 imike

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    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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    Map Drive
    Paved - Car Okay

    To hike
    Drive to the far southern end of Scenic drive, then return 1/8 mile along the eastern side of the street, parking at the first dirt road, heading east. Park here, and hike the dirt road over to the obvious jeep track taking off up the mountain slope. You may also simply walk cross the desert scrub, beelining to the climb. It is possible to drive all the way over to the jeep track, but the car will be more secure parked out on the paved road, and you will appreciate the slight warmup the .5 mile walk gives you.
    page created by imike on Feb 19 2010 7:53 am
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