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Quarry CanyonSoutheast, NM
Southeast, NM
Canyoneering avatar Nov 07 2015
imike
Canyoneering6.00 Miles 1,600 AEG
Canyoneering6.00 Miles
1,600 ft AEG
Canyon Hiking - Non-technical; no rope; easy scrambling; occasional hand use
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32 hikers showed up this morning out of the 42 signed up for this second in the Series: Canyon Light. We ascended the old Alamo Marble Quarry, slipping into the hidden Quarry Canyon at the upper end. Up Quarry to the Marble Bluffs saddle... and enjoyed a first group descent of this new route. The sunlight angle tended to bleach out the over abundance of fossils along the base of the cliffs... maybe a good thing with this huge army of a group.

We dropped off the cliff base using lower Quarry Canyon.

Now, back in Marble North, we crossed the drainage and began climbing the low bench that would give us good access up and into the north middle canyon, Redstone. Redstone was the greater challenge of the day. Even with the huge group the lower namesake section passed too fast... and the upper section proved to be a bit more angled than I'd recalled. I credited it to recent tectonic activity. It really was flatter the last time I hiked up it.

Eventually, all that hard labor got us up and over the saddle and into the south middle canyon, Surprise.

All down hill... mostly bedrock ledge walking... moods improved. Surprise is just that... around every corner it just gets better! This is a great exit route for many of our upper Marble drainage hikes.

The lower boulder garden proved to be the favorite of a number of the hikers. Alas, it marked the end of the hike. I turned the group down Marble South... with an invitation for an add on up and through the Narrows. Fewer than ten hikers thought that a good option. The group split... the smaller group heading up... the rest heading to their cars for the long drive home. Most of these hikers had driven over from El Paso and Las Cruces, 1.5 hours each way.

This Canyon Light Series is designed to accommodate that: later start (9am), shorter time out (6 hours), and easier (1500' limit). It is hugely more popular than my old pattern of 8-10 hour days with 20+ miles and 5,000-8,000' of up/down... all way off trail, often in Class II Canyons. Who Knew?

...even with the Narrows tagged on, my group finished within the 6 hour limit. Fun Day had by all??

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