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Upper Dry Canyon Trail #5573 - 1 member in 2 triplogs has rated this an average 2 ( 1 to 5 best )
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Oct 07 2012
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72 male
 Joined Nov 05 2008
 Cloudcroft, NM
Caballero Upper Canyon TraverseSoutheast, NM
Southeast, NM
Canyoneering avatar Oct 07 2012
imikeTriplogs 2,467
Canyoneering17.50 Miles 3,400 AEG
Canyoneering17.50 Miles   9 Hrs      2.69 mph
3,400 ft AEG   2 Hrs   30 Mns Break
Basic Canyoneering - Scrambling; easy climbing/downclimbing; frequent hand use; rope recommended; easy exit
A - Dry or little water; shallow or avoidable water; no wet/dry suit
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Very interesting outing. Plan was to do an exploratory up into Hell Hole Canyon... but, Yuboa showed up, so decided to go up into the Traverse to salvage some old elk bones. Alas, the bones were long gone, but I did find my jacket lost 3 years ago! From the old mine site above Hell Hole, we decided to loop over and descend Caballero Canyon North... another long delayed exploratory canyon route. Got lucky on the descent into the drainage; easy trail down through the upper gorge waterfall... then it got interesting. The gurgling brook continued to gurgle. The bottom of the canyon was a deep V cut, overgrown and often water filled, but the general canyon bottom was shelved out, replete with small meadows and surrounded by a variety of hardwood trees. Initially, we followed a nicely developed game trail, then surprisingly, an old bulldozed road bed. City of Alamogordo had cleared a route and buried a water collection line feeding from the spring above west side road (FR 90). That meant an easy meander down and out of the canyon! In the lower section we could have dropped over into the narrow bottom, but instead chose to stick with the pipeline to confirm that it connected up with Trail 103 (Caballero Canyon Trail) up at the old concrete stockpond. Sure enough... I'd glanced down that old roadbed a couple of times over the years. It had never occurred to me that it would possibly work it's way around and over into the North Caballero Canyon drainage. This easy passage may open up the possibility for an all off trail route from Alamogordo up to The White Sands Observatory on Alamo Peak! 4400' to 9600'... starting with an open, dry canyon approach, then a narrow riparian stretch... then the hardwood forest section up to the cleft waterfall... from there up to the old road house mining site... into the pines and firs and ideally, ridging out to the Observatory... all off trail! Gotta try that out over the next week or so.

Colors beginning to come on... sumac blazing red today.
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Sep 18 2009
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72 male
 Joined Nov 05 2008
 Cloudcroft, NM
Upper Dry Canyon Trail #5573Southeast, NM
Southeast, NM
Hiking avatar Sep 18 2009
imikeTriplogs 2,467
Hiking2.00 Miles 410 AEG
Hiking2.00 Miles      27 Mns   4.44 mph
410 ft AEG
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Muddy...way too muddy!!
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average hiking speed 2.69 mph

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