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Ortega Ridge NorthSoutheast, NM
Southeast, NM
Hiking avatar Nov 22 2016
imike
Hiking5.30 Miles 1,750 AEG
Hiking5.30 Miles
1,750 ft AEG
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Accessed the ridge at the forks... not the best way to start the climb, but I waited to late to hit it on the far west end. Once up and over to the South side it was nice! We have been going up Tub Rock off of Lost Trail South; this was a much better route. We hiked the south side cliff edges, enjoying numerous interesting layers of rock... all the way up to Pedro Peak. From there, it was the usual amble... nice movement up with great overviews down into Ortega North.

Luster joined us on the ridge, hiking over from his house in Ortega South...

Ridge Peak... seemed even better than I recalled... and once there we realized that we would not have views of the huge Dryfall... so, down the East side and on up the cliff tops until the Dryfall came into full view. Nice!

We decided along the way to exit down on the south side bench... effectively the north side cliff edge from Ortega North. We'd done the north bench last time up... this would be our first routing on this bench. Wow! It was Exceptional... Who Knew!!?

Great over views down into the canyon... Great Vista Views... Exceptional cliff top perspectives. When the Bench began to die down and out, we dropped down a nice bedrock chute that dumped us out in the bottom of Ortega North... right at Breakfast Rock!

This new routing opens up some exceptional potentials for exit looping out of upper Ortega North. Folks do not like the normal exit down the "A" trail... they will enjoy this cliff side route. I need to go up and confirm the upper portion and clear out the lower areas for safety. Guess I'll post to the calendar on the ongoing Canyon Series!

So... a great day out! Ross liked the route. I picked up 30# of rock! Knee held up... :)
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