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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
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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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Sun  5:46am - 6:11pm
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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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    Most recent of 12 deeper Triplog Reviews
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    what was to be a short, 3 hour exploratory... over six hours later had scored an ascent to the Mesa up Alamo Side Canyon... and confirmed the Dark Cliffs Cut as a likely route for accessing the top of those cliffs. The hike was stretched when I mentioned we could top out and look for the Tobias plane wreck site (learned about when researching the wreck site found last week over in Mule Canyon). So... that is what happened. Site did not yield much to see...

    Then, since Ross nor Will had ever been through the Mesa Gap... we used that to descend... then, we did a bit of routing for a better trail site to get across upper Quiet Canyon. Final: Prominent Point Trail. Nice day out.

    Note: Ross confirmed the metal can from our last hike was indeed a Mine Site Location marker. The document sealed in the Baking Powder can 74 years ago was in great shape. He ran the 1940 census and located the guy who'd signed the document! Now, he wants to go back and check out the cave higher up the cliffs!
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    easy, short walk over to old Jeep track and up towards the base of the Point...

    Most of the day spent on the computer... editing photos, planning some longterm efforts, and trying to decide how to close out the year. 2014 was to be about promoting local hiking activity. That has had mixed success. The current Map development may provide an interesting boost to the process, once completed. It will have Waypoint links to HAZ for trail description and pictures... and to Google+ for even more pics.

    This week: more online promotional efforts. Connected with a site that is about New Mexico, on Facebook. Folks post pictures... then and now. 22,000 members. First 24 hours I was online there were over 1,000 different members making comments... various pics I posted were getting 50-180 "Likes"... and generating comments from hikers not aware of all the hiking potentials in Alamo. Oddly, some of those were folks living in Alamo! Most of the members are likely not hikers... so, a very diluted result.

    Probably will close out 2014 with a brief hit of radio and newspaper promotions, then move on to 2015. That year, all promo to be for out of state hikers.

    ...interesting day... interesting year.

    I did decide how to close out this month. Now, to see if I'll get up tomorrow and do it!
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    Hard not to put this little gem on the Fall calendar. John drove over from El Paso for his first hike with our group. Terri expanded her canyoneering experience with this challenging, shorter canyon outing.

    We added in the upper reaches of the canyon today. In all of the prior trips we'd been exiting the canyon onto the adjacent ridge that splits the two upper branches of the canyon. this time, we remained in the main cut... and it was good! More bedrock falls... lots of additional mini-climbs... overall just a better augment to the day.

    We hit the Mesa and looped around and down Rockachucky and Prominent Point...

    For some reason, I was beat up by days end... tired! (out of shape!??)

    Very good day out!
    Prominent Point
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    I think when mike means nasty, he means the danger of thorns, thorns and more thorns. I little less than I wanted, but a nice afternoon outing. Still, I'm a little uncomfortable on those steep slopes with cactus and ocotillo everywhere. I went past the peak to a small ridge to the east. I turned back when I stepped next to a cactus and had some thorns enter my ankle. I little too off trail more my taste.
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    The Day was diverse...
    40%...70% chance of rain, with high temps in the 50's above 9,000'. We decided to stay below the major storms, and hit Goat Springs Trail (the old access point) to climb up onto the Mesa. From there, looped clockwise, climbing with nice overviews of the Marble Canyon drainage... peaks were obscured by the low hanging clouds. Umbrellas sufficed for the light rain during the first hours of the day.

    After looping to the south Mesa, and siting the various canyon and ridge potential hikes from there, we did a detour descent down Pock Rock canyon... neither Yuboa nor Karen had ever hiked the area, so I was trying to show them bits of a lot of different stuff. Karen had been avoiding coming over for any of my hikes (she'd heard odd rumors of crazy hard routes and too fast paces...?) and was apprehensive as the day began, but she fit right in. She was much impressed with the Pock Rock Gorge, even though it was full on rain by then and Parkas had replaced the umbrellas.

    We looped back around and up onto the Mesa after the canyon hit, then traversed over and down Rockachucky Canyon, exiting the ridge around on the trail from Prominent Point. Lots of hours. Lots of weather. Some spills, scrapes and blood... fun had by all!
    Prominent Point
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    Easy start to the year... spent the day planning out the hiking for the coming months. Hoping to score my record month in February (fewer days in the month, makes it a touch more challenging). January should get progressively more difficult preparing me for the over the top effort the next month... assuming all goes well. It didn't work out that way in 2010, so who knows? Looking forward to clocking all those outdoor hours!

    A new year... hard to beat that!
    Prominent Point
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    ...meant to check out a new area up on top, but just never made it out the door... so, a little hit just to give the legs a stretch. Thinking about closing out this 60th year; a few months yet to go (March) and I need to get ready for Guadalupe Peak x7 (Feb), Everest of Tucson (Finger Rock x4) January, Sierra Blanca (Nov)... and a couple more "event" days to keep the interest and motivation high enough to keep the training progressing.
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    looped from Quiet Canyon, up to Dome Rock, looped entirely around the base, then topped out... returned down Prominent Point, checking out the secondary trail off it's west face. As great as the rock looks, jutting out below the Mesa cliffs, it is nicer to look at than climb up on top... still, nice outing. Legs needed the hit.
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    Enjoyed an exploratory hike checking out the potentials for developing a new trail that would route below the cliffs surrounding The Mesa... so, after climbing to Prominent Point, I headed north over into the Quiet Canyon drainage, then up to the Cleft... climbing out on the Mesa, then around and back down Goat Springs trail. I had a rock break free beneath my foot... enjoyed an interesting, cacti filled tumble. Overall, a great morning outing.
    Prominent Point
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    so, the training pattern kicks in... easy weekday outings, and progressively longer weekend hits for the coming 12 weeks. I'll add an hour to the hike lengths each Sunday until I'm clocking 12 hour days... then, for December and January increase the difficulty with elevation and augmented pack weights for the longer hikes, probably two weekly at that point. Feels like trudging along for now (it is!)... but, all things working like they should, February might be interesting.

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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.
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