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Rim Trail Mile 11-15, NM
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Rim Trail Mile 11-15, NM 
Rim Trail Mile 11-15, NM
 
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markthurman53
Hiking8.08 Miles 1,148 AEG
Hiking8.08 Miles   4 Hrs   22 Mns   2.10 mph
1,148 ft AEG      31 Mns Break15 LBS Pack
 
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On day 4 of our trip we started at Karr Canyon Road again where the trail crosses the road. Today we head South 4 miles then headed back to where we started on Karr canyon Road. The second highest point of the Rim Trail, Alamo Peak (9500 feet), is along this stretch. The highest Point is at the Sun Spot Observatory and is 40 feet higher, it is further south down the trail about 8 miles. The almost 500 foot climb up to the summit is done over 1.5 miles so it isn’t that strenuous. Excellent trail conditions with a few rocky sections. While hiking on this trail we heard what sounded like a motor cycle/dirt bike maybe even a chain saw in the distance, a short time later he came roaring up behind us and stopped because we were in the trail. I told him dirt bikes weren’t allowed on the trail and he informed me they were. He was right the sign allows motorcycles. That is the first I have seen that on a designated hiking trail. I wonder what the yielding policy is. Sure glad I’m not on a horse. Any way he was very nice and went on his way down the trail and before long so was the noise. We only saw one other hiker on this trail. Views west over the Tularosa Basin were intermittently spread out over the trail.

There was no water along the trail as the winter snow runoff was complete and like Arizona waiting for the monsoons. Flowers were mainly the New Mexico Locust Tree. Karr Canyon Road is accessible by almost any vehicle, even a prius. I say almost because I doubt a low rider would make it.
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