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Upper Wills Canyon Trail #9278 - 3 members in 4 triplogs have rated this an average 3 ( 1 to 5 best )
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Aug 25 2019
nonot
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 Phoenix, AZ
Willie White Trail #113Southeast, NM
Southeast, NM
Hiking avatar Aug 25 2019
nonot
Hiking16.50 Miles 1,500 AEG
Hiking16.50 Miles   8 Hrs      2.06 mph
1,500 ft AEG
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ATVs own these trails, not the best for hiking.
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Jul 16 2012
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 Joined Nov 05 2008
 Cloudcroft, NM
Upper Wills Canyon Trail #9278Southeast, NM
Southeast, NM
Hiking avatar Jul 16 2012
imike
Hiking4.80 Miles 625 AEG
Hiking4.80 Miles
625 ft AEG
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found the old trail route... odd, it is still on the maps but obviously has not seen use in over a decade? I'll have to stop off and talk to the Rangers about it...
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Jul 16 2012
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 Joined Aug 27 2012
 Alamogordo, NM
Upper Wills Canyon Trail #9278Southeast, NM
Southeast, NM
Hiking avatar Jul 16 2012
FaithLake
Hiking11.00 Miles 625 AEG
Hiking11.00 Miles   4 Hrs   34 Mns   2.41 mph
625 ft AEG
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:y: Absolutly loved this trail. Started out at Bluff Springs and created a loop made up of about 3 different trails. Would love to do this again, just need a hiking partner. For some reason I can't seem to find active people around here!!!
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Forest Rd 64 loops, NM 
Forest Rd 64 loops, NM
 
Hiking avatar Jun 03 2012
imike
Hiking10.00 Miles 900 AEG
Hiking10.00 Miles
900 ft AEG
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Sitting at the Overlook... clear, warm day... cool breeze.

To kick off the summer series of hiking, I've outlined a schedule that gets me up the mountain three days each week. Saturday, I pack up then head over to the Habitat for Humanity site to log some hours (yesterday that included 5 hours of grouting tile...700 sq ft!) By noon, I log out and head up the hill pulling along the empty trailer.

Once up on top, I rest for awhile, allowing the sun to drop, then spend a few hours cutting cordwood. I cut and load a cord, this week including a number of rounds in excess of 200#. Combined with the labors at Habitat, it makes for a bit of exercise. It also sets me up for a nice early start on the next day's hike.

I enjoyed a near full moon evening, leaving the rain fly off of the tent to allow a clear view of the sky. I feel the effects of all that work, but ideally the hike will help work the stiffness back out... or not?

I chow down on a huge fritata... 11 eggs, 2 avocados, bell pepper, onion, corn meal, spices and parmesan cheese, all roasted together. That and a banana and a couple of apples the food for the day. I finished off the final bit of casserole around 9pm... read for awhile then go lights out.

Sunrise seems to come a bit slow... but finally I'm up and packed and driving over to the trailhead. I hit the trail before 7am. Early starts up here are not really necessary to avoid the heat, but they really serve to augment the wild animal encounters. I probably should have been an hour earlier.

Within ten minutes a turkey crosses the trail down ahead of me... too fast for a picture.

A few minutes later, camera now ready, I begin to encounter elk... first one... then 6... Then seven more... then another ten in various poses. They all move on across the meadow and up into the trees.

The trail I'm hiking (for the first time) is following the grade of an old railway line... installed for the removal of timber. I finally come across the rotting remains of an old collapsed trestle.

I think I spot a bear moving off way below me in the meadow as I hike the ridge portion of the trail. I'm not certain... some black legs moving off and away.

As I move through a more twisted section, very tree lined, I come upon yet another elk, this one with a small calf. I snap a picture and she stands, staring at me, then when I begin to walk towards her, she moves on around the bend. As I walk up and around the turn, I spot a carcass lying in the middle of the trail... then, I realize it is not a dead body, but the little calf elk, curled up in the middle of the trail... the mom no where in sight.

I walk up to the calf, noting it's breathing... and as I pause to snap a quick picture it looks up at me... but makes no attempts to get up or move away. This is the first time an elk has ever allowed me to get close enough to touch them... I'm not sure if this is part of a normal defensive strategy, like with turkeys, wherein they leave their young behind and try to draw you away...? I don't know. It is nice to list yet another up close and personal wild animal encounter.

It inspires thoughts of the old myths of animals presenting themselves to humans as sacrificial dedications... a willing participation to be the claimed prey.

I have no idea what is really happening in the moment, as in all my other wild animal encounters... they all remain a mystery.

The hike is pleasant but a bit duller after those moments.

I've checked the maps and there are over 50 more of these high elevation, meadow/canyon hikes scattered around the area. I guess I'll try to hike all of them this summer and fall... they make for a good break-in training now, after five months of little or no exercise... and, it will give me 50 more hikes to log and write about. Today was a two trail loop, connected back by Forest Road 64. All of the cordwood cutting this summer is on 64, around the 9000' level. High point today was a bit over 9400'. I logged just under ten miles and around 900' of climbing. The average grade is around 200' per mile... well below my normal 600-1000' per mile training hikes. Those will come later in the year.

It looks as if these meadow trails might make better routes for mountain biking... I'll have to start bringing one of those along on some of the days. Next week I'll haul up the little Acorn trailer and leave it up here for the next month. I will not have to break camp with it on site... just lock the door and head out for the trail.

Three hikes a week... it is a beginning.
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