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Basin North WashSoutheast, NM
Southeast, NM
Canyoneering avatar Dec 13 2016
imike
Canyoneering8.00 Miles 1,830 AEG
Canyoneering8.00 Miles
1,830 ft AEG
Canyon Hiking - Non-technical; no rope; easy scrambling; occasional hand use
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Basin North... Cliffs

The basic Basin North Wash drains most of the South side of Beeman Ridge. The main cut flows east from the levee to the breaking cliffs where the road to Mineral Springs cuts sharply south... Basin North cuts sharply north at around that same area.

Till that point it parallels Mineral Springs North, often separated by just a narrow strip of ridge.

Numerous spur cuts flow down all along the length of Beeman Ridge... our path today followed one of the main forks, a route that we hoped would carry us up to the level of the huge white cliffs above the Garden Wall.

I expected an over grown gully...

We got lucky... more of a nicely boulder accented shallow canyon. Lots of nice rock. As we approached the Garden Wall level there was interesting bouldering. Above the Wall... even better.

The cut split and re-split... we chose those that tended to angle us towards the west end of the cliffs. We got really lucky and scored the cut that ascended right to the far west end. Further west the cut formed an upper canyon that looked like it would top out on Beeman ridge (… more future exploratories!)

There were a series of dryfalls approaching the cliffs... 8 levels of fun scrambling.

Once to the cliffs we moved east around the base... pretty nice route if it were cleared of sticky stuff. We enjoyed some great vistas... and had a nice lunch break among a variety of giant boulders below the cliffs. Today, we cut our outing short once we reached the cut back into the main drainage. We descended to the Garden Wall and followed the route of the bike single track... down and around to the main drainage and down the ridge to catch the bike single track running from the Space Museum.

We opted to finish up with the nice bedrock section of Mineral Springs North down and around to the levee. Six hours of moderate effort... and a delightful day!
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