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Dry Canyon Trail - Lower, NM

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Difficulty 2 of 5
Route Finding 1 of 5
Distance One Way 4 miles
Trailhead Elevation 5,628 feet
Elevation Gain -900 feet
Accumulated Gain 900 feet
Avg Time One Way 1.5 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 7
Interest Off Trail Hiking, Seasonal Waterfall & Seasonal Creek
Backpack No
Photos Viewed All Mine Following
57  2014-08-02
Winter Peak
imike
10  2012-12-02
Beeman Canyon
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26  2010-02-24
Beeman Canyon
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Preferred   May, Sep, Oct, Aug → Any
Seasons   ALL
Sun  6:35am - 5:02pm
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Winter Peak
0.1 mi away
4.4 mi
1,500 ft
Dry Canyon Trail #5574
0.4 mi away
5.2 mi
1,582 ft
Dry Canyon Buttes
0.4 mi away
2.3 mi
2,300 ft
Mill Ridge
0.6 mi away
2.8 mi
430 ft
Salado Canyon (#130)
1.4 mi away
2.0 mi
480 ft
Old Cloudcroft Hiway (lower)
1.7 mi away
3.0 mi
1,200 ft
Rock House Canyon
1.8 mi away
2.4 mi
1,790 ft
Bridal Veil Falls Trail T129
1.9 mi away
2.0 mi
106 ft
Grand View Trail #130
1.9 mi away
1.4 mi
207 ft
Dark Mesa Spur Trail
2.1 mi away
1.0 mi
50 ft
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It's all Downhill...
by imike

The Forest Service's official Dry Canyon trail begins about a half mile above this section, and fails to include this lower area, which is unfortunate given that this canyon cut is the nicer portion of the drainage. The area in between the two trails is a much used parking lot... with horse back riders parking their trailer rigs, ATV owners staging their mini-adventures, and lots and lots of folks parking along the wash for the sole purpose of shooting their guns. Yes, this is the areas most popular shooting range! Fortunately, the lower canyon has a nice eight foot tall waterfall pourover right at it's upper beginning; the horses, ATV's and most everyone else head the opposite direction up the canyon.

Park anywhere along the Forest Road and simply walk over and down into the wash... downclimb the small falls, and begin to enjoy a very nice sandy stroll through the occasional steep cut sidewalls. There are a variety of small drops to work your way down, but none really challenging. In fact, this section can make a great sand run workout if you are in the mood.


Most people will simply enjoy this defile getaway for a down and back up hike... but it also provides a potential looping option down and around to the mouth of Beeman Canyon. Simply take it down to the first dirt road crossing and follow that to your left back around the base of the mountains. That allows you to do the Beeman Canyon hike all the way to Winter Peak without having to work your way back down and through the Jumble.

One minor distraction: the wash runs along and below the main hiway up the mountain to Cloudcroft. This is not a big deal given that this is not really a getaway hike, but a fun meander down among some interesting rock formations.

It is worth the time to stop off and enjoy this little bit of canyon adventure...

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.

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    From Alamogordo, Follow Hiway 82 east towards Cloudcroft. Between mile post 5 and 6, turn right through the cattle guarded opening and drive down the hill, parking to your left along the wash.
    page created by imike on Feb 25 2010 10:59 am
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