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Fall Canyon, NM
mini location map2017-09-15
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Fall Canyon, NM 
Fall Canyon, NM
Canyoneering avatar Sep 15 2017
Canyoneering5.80 Miles 900 AEG
Canyoneering5.80 Miles
900 ft AEG
Canyon Hiking - Non-technical; no rope; easy scrambling; occasional hand use
A - Dry or little water; shallow or avoidable water; no wet/dry suit
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This Exploratory hike was in search of water... real falling water. The Canyon name implies that there should be something like that up in the canyon. I'd read a description of a 120' fall hiding up in one of these cuts... so, with milder weather giving us a bit of a break, we decided to give it a try. Interesting that while this was one of my posted hikes, the other four hikers showed up with a variety of GPS devices, online and off line maps, and even paper maps. I was the only one with no data... Hmmm..?

My general info was to turn off of the Three Rivers Trail about 1.5 miles from the trailhead... then follow the main canyon up about.3 mile to the Falls. With that bit of info I would have ended up hiking Little Fall Canyon! Might be a Falls up it, but not the one desired on the day. True turnoff was a bit over 2 miles up the main trail, into an obvious canyon cut. A very overgrown, deadfall filled... foot trapping mess of a canyon. Here the devices helped; they put us into the right canyon. They also hurt a small bit, nearly diverting us up the wrong side spur... minor diversion but very memorable.

Moving up and into the spur I swiped some overgrowth out of my way... and was rewarded with an immediate spike of burning pain. Nettle!! This particular plant was a spindly, dead looking twiggy think with a potent punch. I warned everyone off... We adjusted our route back over into the main canyon and enjoyed some demanding routing up and around until we were finally rewarded with the gurgling of water.

Alas... just small drops and pools.

The rock bounding and deadfall hopping and overgrowth wading continued as we worked our way ever higher, winding back and forth across the winding canyon. Finally, the rock outcrop came into site ( bit on the right hand side of the canyon) and then the steady drips of this tall but small fall.

It was impressive in it's way.

Down and out was much nicer... half the time? Unfortunately, by the time we'd made it back to the trail, all of the hikers had introduced themselves to the nettle! Here nearly eight hours later my arms and hands still burn and vibrate.

Is this hike worth doing? The canyon sections holding the main trail are exceptional; they form most of this hike. Done in winter, dry, the overgrowth might be gone. It will remain a demanding hike... with a wet reward. That might be enough!?

There may be more net elevation... I forgot to ask any of the four with the devices...
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