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Marble Canyon - NorthSoutheast, NM
Southeast, NM
Canyoneering avatar Nov 18 2017
imike
Canyoneering11.00 Miles 2,700 AEG
Canyoneering11.00 Miles   9 Hrs   30 Mns   1.29 mph
2,700 ft AEG   1 Hour    Break
Canyon Hiking - Non-technical; no rope; easy scrambling; occasional hand use
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Plan was to hike S4 up Marble North, but Luster only hiker to show up... and he'd never hiked the basic Marble North canyon. We stayed in the bottom and enjoyed the great and variable scrambling, talking about all the north and south side spurs. I had not gone beyond Ortega Cut in five years; my memory was that it tended towards dull in those upper levels. Wrong!

The characteristics of the canyon shifted, but not for the worse. Bedrock continued... Tree canopy thickened. Side walls moved in creating a great narrow defile. It was very good.

One of the negatives to hiking upper Marble North: getting out! I'd never had a good route... too steep... poor footing... but today, I decided on a winding ascent using the upper sections of Ortega Cut. This approach softened the grade and provided ever nicer far vistas. We scored by being able to follow a very nice Elk Trail... all the way up and around to the "A" Trail. It was good.

Alas, our later start (waiting for hikers that did not show!) pushed the finish of the hike into the dark. I was able to get to my bike in time to head out before full dark... by running down the trail.

Great day out!
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