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Dec 23 2016
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Not a hiking day, but after murky rain for two days, the sunny bright was too good to miss. I headed over to Desert Foothills Park with a late Meetup Posting. No one showed up, so I headed up the ridge north side of Quiet Canyon. This route was semi-exploratory... potentialed as a future trail?

It was good from the start. The ridge could be wrapped around and back to provide a steep but not too difficult trail with exceptional canyon and basin views. The rock might be some of the best in the area. I discovered an old gold mine, dug down through red and orange stone.

The requirement to perfect a mine filing was 10' of excavation. Most of these pits are now half that... infilled over the last 50-90 years. This hole likely had the miners excited... the rock suggested... something!

In prior hikes I was always coming down from one of the upper routes... and tended to drop straight off the ridge into Cabrito on the north side. Today, the Quiet Cliffs gave the nicer moments... found a good route up and to the upper Quiet Point.

Approaching that prominence I rotated over to the Goat side and found a nicely rock bound ascent to the top. Quiet Point in the lower of the three west prominent outcrops... Dome Rock in the center and Prominent Point to the far south.

I exited up and over to the Mesa Basin then wound around checking potential trail routes... there are many options. I'll have to go back up to work on the various exits... today I hiked over and down the Goat Springs trail.

Nice day... Nice loop...
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Tucked back behind a private residence, the mouth of this small canyon is just not accessible... but, the sidehill loop around the north side of Goat Peak will bring you nicely into the top of the lower dryfall... just right to enjoy the best section of the mid canyon. Layers of bedrock and great over views of various Marble Canyon spurs await as you ascend... plus the quiet intimacy of this closed in cut. Ambling along... three hours. We exited the ridge to the Goat Springs trail. Mary, Jane and Will along today. Nice.
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Oct 25 2016
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Interesting bike...hike day!

Started out around 7am riding over to the hike... couple miles... easy. 8am hike got off on time. We approached the canyon with an initial ascent of the old traditional trail... then cut over and dropped in. Unfortunately the most impactful aspect of the canyon today: tons on new graffiti!! It is a mess up in their. While this pattern is not new, most of the historic paint has been fading nicely. Alas... no more.

We climbed to the huge flowover and found more new paint.

From that point we moved south around the base of the cliffs to the next drainage then ascended the really nice cascading dryfall up to the Mesa Basin. Once there, we moved over to the Goat Springs Trail for an easy descent. I loaded up on Apples Ross had brought from his Orchard... and biked home...

...just in time to meet Luster. I switched from the round town computing mtn bike to a better mtn bike and we headed up to Cloudcroft. The drive up moved us nicely into cloudcover and cooler temps. The 80's in the valley transformed into low 60's!
Luster is new to the area, so I showed him the first section of the Pumphouse Road ride. It was good, but there was much less color showing than I hoped for... oh, well. The upcoming Mystic Meander will likely miss out also!?

Ride over... easy drive down the hill... and Luster dumped me off cross town. I shopped for food and socked 40#+ into a backpack for the six mile ride home... that may have been my biggest bit of training for the day!

Left around 7am... home at 3:30.

I am attempting to correct some pronounced metabolic issues, so on this day I fully restrained from any food intake. Zero calories since 6pm yesterday. I plan to eat my meal of the day at 6pm this evening. I checked my Blood Glucose level: 188... after over twenty hours fasting... and 6+ hours moderately hard exercise. Hmmmm... :o

All good... now, might I head out the door for a little run to round out the day?
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Our plan was only to go to the spring. We decided to head up to the Mesa and have lunch. It is well worth the extra effort.

The trail to the spring is much more scenic and the view from the top of the dry waterfall just before spring is quite nice.

The view from the Mesa, however is so spectacular. It is rather a slow climb at places though. The trail needs much work from spring to Mesa. The loose rock is a concern. I highly recommend a stick or trekking pole to descend.
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early morning exploratory along the cliff bases... and then up S1... very interesting dryfall. Will votes for full inclusion when we catalog the cuts... no skipping over the ones that lack interest. Include all of them numerically. Guess I'll have to go back and survey a few of the larger canyon drainages for that alteration. We are enjoying more and more the short spurs that we had been skipping past.
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Oct 28 2014
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trash pickup day... and unfortunately as we climbed out of the Slot... found a red arrow pointing to the hidden entrance! Likely the same idiots who junked up the canyon! So... back up via the trail to do something about that defacing? The owners of the canyon closed it down some years ago because of the mess made by groups; it could happen again? I hauled out a load today...

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Oct 11 2014
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DJ the only hiker to sign on for the hike up to El Gordo... but Ross caught up with us before we made it over to the Canyon. We did the Beginner section then went off trail up to the small cave... cliff edge around to the big Cave...then, we checked out yet another possible looping route for the upper Mesa Basin trail. I think we are getting close to deciding.

After Goat Springs we angled off and up towards Goat Peak... Ross and Dj opted for a break while I tagged the peak... but after dropping back down to them I decided to go backup. I'd spotted a concentration of mollusk fossils; seemed worth checking out.

Once back up towards the top I did score a variety of shells... and finally thought I was getting into a very interesting section of Crinoid crown fossils... until I noticed they were not cross sectioned discs... but textured... looking like cellulose. So... ancient sea plant life... not animal? The strata was full of cross and longitudinal pieces.

As I hit the peak I was back to wanting a great mollusk to top of the day... got a pic of one half shell. I'll have to see what it looks like in editing.

Back down to the trail... and I decided to drop into the upper Dryfall. Acrophobia reacted acutely, but I made it down into the cut above the upper lip edge. Water accents... nice.

All in all... very good eight hours!
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Sep 19 2014
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socked in... blind hiking. Odd, I picked this route to give us views and overviews of the surrounding areas; no way today! So, we walked John around and down into El Gordo, then we checked possible trail routes around the cliff tops. It finally cleared out as we finished our day... oh, well.

Ross and John... Alena a no show today.
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If I were new to the area… and wanted to get a general sense of the lay of the land, I might want to do today’s hike…

The Mesa Perimeter Loop…

The hiking immediately available in the Alamogordo area orients along the two sides of a north/south axis oriented from the “A” Trail as that center dividing line. The south aspect mostly includes the Marble Canyon and Alamo Canyon drainages.

Dividing those two areas: The Mesa.

By hiking the perimeter of The Mesa you gain overviews of most of the canyons and ridges of those two areas.

Parking at Desert Foothills Park makes for a good start. Walking the paved walkway from the entrance you are heading directly towards The Mesa formation, towering 1500’ overhead. Crossing the pedestrian bridge over the flood drain you find yourself lined up with the logical ascent: Goat Springs Trail (t118). On this day my later start gifted me with a glowing sunrise as my hike began. Gimped knee working… I began my climb.

An odd feature struck me as I made my way up towards the towering cliffs of the canyon Dryfall: footprints! I’m not used to seeing prints marring the trails; I’m usually the first hiker out and on the trail. Since I’d run into Jim back at my truck, I suspected that I would be running into Norm before the day was done… sure enough, I met him at the Spring. He was out early catching sunrise shots. If you want to see the best of the areas photos, track down Norm Arnold photos… where I do a point and shoot, he hikes with a chest load of gear. The quality shows.

From the lower levels of the trail I can look across and note the various options for ascending Goat Springs Canyon, the best of which would be the hidden slot cut at the base of the towering Dryfall; well worth the effort. Also, the south cut of the canyon offers an interesting alternative to get above the Springs; not for everyone.

Cabrito Canyon, Quiet Canyon, Dome Rock and Dome Rock Canyon, Prominent Point… all stand out to the south.

Passing the Spring, the trail angles around the north side of The Mesa, views north ever increasing as you angle ever higher. The “A” Trail ridge blocks off views of the Basin, but the cuts along it’s south side slide into view: Sotol Canyon, 1000’ Canyon, Quarry Canyon and the Marble Bluffs.

Not long before you turn and ascend through the cliff walls of The Mesa; the loop finally begins.

There are a variety of approaches to loop this tilted plateau. It is split by a narrow ridge, east to west. You could do a shorter loop hiking close in to the base of that interior ridge. On all sides of the ridge there are meadows flowing out to the cliff edges. You could range across the mid ranges of the meadows. That would add mileage and carry you to the outer cliffs every now and then.

Or, you can hike the top of the cliffs. That was my hike today.

If you like the rush of heights, you can walk the rock tops. I prefer to have a buffer from that sense of heights; I tend to enjoy the sheep trails 5-8’ in from the edges with stops including drifting out to gaze over the edge. It does not take long to reach the western prominence and start the long curve around that city view portion of The Mesa. Aways into that traverse I detour to check out the old pit camp site. Reputed to have been a well/spring, it is easy to spot: head for the only tree!

The next exceptional feature: The Gap, your first opportunity to exit The Mesa. It would allow you to drop down into upper Quiet Canyon… very rough off trail.

The top of Quiet Canyon suggests a second opportunity; it is not.

Views west begin to give glimpses over into Rockachucky Wash. That is the better option for a backdoor descent. You can hike down to the back side of Prominent Point and loop around to catch a real trail on down to the Pipeline Road. The beginning of that descent is on around past the upper Rockachucky drainage off the Cliffs. You trek down a natural rock staircase leading out to the PockRock Ridge.

The Southwest aspect of The Mesa has some augments: descending ridges. PockRock Ridge flows down on the north side of Pock Rock canyon. Alamo Ridge flows down off the south side of Pock Rock Canyon.

Today I paused at the top of the north spur of Pock Rock and enjoyed a break in my fast: vine ripe freestone peach from Ross’s orchard. I thought about the hikes up the canyon; exceptional bit of Class II scrambling. A number of hikers have enjoyed some version of that ascent over the last few years of group Meetup hikes; that might be the most popular of all out group outings?

Hiking around to Alamo Ridge I’ve had glimpses of Pock Rock South, Pock Rock Cliffs (including the cleft cut), and the overly exceptional Pock Rock Canyon proper. At the Ridge I reflect on the features it holds: Alamo Bluffs, Ross’s Cut, The Cave, Cave Canyon and Alamo Point. All great hikes in their own rights. Look hard enough and you might even find the rear entry to the Cave.

Now, on the southern cliff edges, I pause and start to take in the features coming into view in the Alamo Canyon drainage.

Rock Springs Canyon with its hidden ascent up to The Lady. Long Ridge with the Steamboat formation. Deadman’s Canyons. The Roundup Grounds Trail stands out…

…and, a possible descent/ascent potential opens up below me. One of the canyons rising from Alamo Canyon up to The Mesa allows access through the cliffs… is there a blocking dryfall hidden below? Gotta go check that out! Alamo Gap Canyon?

Walking the edges of the cliff I wind around into the next canyon area; it clearly will not allow access off and through the cliff… no way. It still may provide an up/down exceptional hike. I have all these Alamo Canyon north side drainages scheduled for exploration this fall.

Views now are exceptional : Arch Canyon, The Roundup Grounds, Roundup Cliffs Trail… the upper sections of Deadman’s Canyons… and to the east of the Roundup area: Roundup Canyon, Purgatory Canyon, Purgatory Cliffs, Purgatory Ridge, Purgatory Peak…

…and Pyramid Peak on the Aquaduct Ridge… dividing Alamo Canyon from Caballero Canyon. Pipe Springs Canyon hiding just out of sight.

The variety of available trails… canyons… ridges, hiking this Mesa Loop gives a fair glimpse into the potentials.

Variety of weather, too. I take a brief break to pull out the umbrella. Muggy has shifted to light rain. Another peach and I continue looping, angling back to the north towards the “Pass”… a narrow bridge that will allow me to cross The Mesa Ridge and begin hiking along the north side cliffs. As I walk over I get just hints of the last set of canyons along this southeast side: Picnic Canyons. Those hold some of the more dramatic, easy to access dryfalls in their lower sections. Their upper sections may well provide the most demanding ascents to Hershberger Peak.

For the easiest climb to that peak, simply head up the Mesa Ridge. You’ll gain a bit of un-needed elevation as you cross Mesa Peak (higher point on the ridge) but generally you’ll enjoy a steady and not too steep hike to our highest local peak.

Crossing the Pass, I work my way through the shrubs and angle over to the cliff edges for exceptional views of the Marble Canyon drainage. I stand immediately above the Marble South Canyon; considered the best of the best for Alamogordo canyon hikes.

Just to the north is a sister canyon, Marble South, North Spur. Both cuts terminate in impressive Amphitheatre formations. Dividing the canyons: Amphi Ridge.

It is hard to keep the North Spur in view… it tends to blend in with the surrounding ridge features, but you can orient by sighting in on the Escalator and Staircase features: steep bed rock slides that both descend into the North Spur. They come in handy to access Hershberger Ridge South, traversing over into Marble Middle South (Surprise Canyon).

The route along and down these north side cliffs is a bit overgrown today. Some years there is nearly a clear trail. Now it is broken and obscured. I like the aspect of the terrain wherein four or five varieties of stickly plants are trying to attack in concert. Keeps the tourist traffic down.

Breaking out to the cliff edges I gain a better view of the North Spur with its huge blocking dryfall and steep bedrock slide angling above. Ross and I were just there a few days ago. Nice.

Hershberger Ridge North is also in view with the Marble Canyon North shadowed across it. In the distance: Ortega Peak.

Working my way down I remember I packed a great sautéed onion/red pepper egg sandwich. I scrunch in under a shaggy barked juniper and enjoy an umbrella protected lunch. The rain has been intermittent midday, providing overall a nice bit of mid summer air conditioning. If the breeze would remain consistent it would be ideal; it does not.

Walking on down to the Goat Spring trail terminus I catch views of Grotto Canyon, Spur Canyon, Ridge Canyon, Slab Canyon, Cactus Cliff’s Cut, Slide Canyon and the Ortega Cut… all spur canyons off of the Marble Canyon North drainage.

I also get a great perspective view of the Cactus Cliffs. The provide a great traversing connection to the canyons and a route up to Ortega Peak. They may also have the best selection of fossils in the area.

I also spot a canyon I’ve never noticed before, ascending the Amphi Ridge just past the entry to the North Spur… guess that will go into next week’s exploratory schedule?

There is also one of the cuts climbing to the Cactus Cliffs I’ve yet to do, and from here I can’t figure out which it is; I’m not sure which is really the Cactus Cliffs Cut… ???

Angling down the Goat I see the Narrows at the mouth of Marble South, with its ridge trail giving access to the lower range of the ridge south of Surprise Canyon.

The Marble Middle North Canyon is hiding behind the hoodoos below the mouth of Surprise Canyon. It is worth a visit, at least to check out the first ½ mile.

Slow pace day… seven hours out, lot of down time. 200 pictures catching all these vantage points. As I pass the slot entry into Goat Springs Canyon I nearly take that more adventurous side trip, but the umbrella is back out now because the sun was crisping my neck… time to finish the day off. Lots of reflection… observing… and as always, discovering. Going on five years hiking this area immediately adjacent to Alamo and I am yet to find all the fun stuff.

I could see using this dialogue as an introduction for new hikers to the area… walk the loop… look… put things into perspective. And, if the loop tended to tax you… if you felt the effort, it is time to get over to the “A” and start logging some training hikes to Ortega Peak. Most of the hikes you were looking at today would be twice if not thrice the effort of this easy loop.

Prepare and enjoy!

:) ...Now, where's that second sandwich...
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Clouds cleared out and I had to do something. It was after 4, so I opted to do this instead of Ortega. Might hike Ortega tomorrow. Does not feel like a week before June, but then I started hearing cicadas in the desert. Lots of them. It was nice. It was cool and windy on the mesa edge!
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Nice afternoon to get out and attempt to get back in to hiking shape, so I went. I encountered my first snake for the year, a nasty rattler. It was maybe 3 to 4 feet long, and coiled under a sotol. I went around it. Lots of flowers, which is a surprise and indicates either how wet last summer was, or how it wasn't super dry this winter.
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Weird... I'd swear I posted this yesterday! Yet, it seems to be gone...? Something I did?
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I hiked the mesa on a day that seemed windier than the last, but had less dust from the sands. Go figure. It was extremely windy on the mesa, with the edge being hard to stand near. I went slightly north to a small cave or depression which was surprisingly moist just as soon as you entered it. It didn't look very deep. I then went over to my usual spot and ran into 3 Germans. I seldom ever see Americans on the trail around here. Usually, they are German.
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Finally felt well enough after being sick for most of the month, to hike 2 days in a row. Wind and dust are up, but it was still nice near town and the hills. There are some small flowers on the mesa, and the mesquite looks pretty good; indications this winter was not as dry as last winter, over here.
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Flowing, but it look like less than in the fall and winter.
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Just a fun, meandering day. Terri's first time up Goat Springs Canyon... and the Mesa Ridge route... and Hershberger Peak. We approached along the edge of Alamo/Caballero Canyons... checking out a variety of spur canyon exploratory potentials.

Hershberger a bit nicer than in years past; plant growth dying off the peak, opening the vista views.

God littered T109 with multiple deadfalls! Must be an ATV hating female God; I like it.

Ortega breezy.

Couple of newby hikers on the "A" trail... we encouraged them to turn back and live to hike another day... with water and food along.

Jim heading up as we exited the trail.

I called it a day without heading back up for the needed AEG... massive leg cramps last night have me wanting to focus on eating/drinking to correct whatever the deficiency may have been; I'll make it up tomorrow?

Good day.
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Needed some inspiration to get me moving, so hiked over and up Goat Springs Canyon. The "real" Goat Springs... along with the historic ascent... and a very interesting route unfolded. I need to add this into our Friday hiking schedule! Very Nice!

So.. a bit of a less than day on the AEG... guess I'll make it up tomorrow?
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... not certain how this third hike happened.

I left the Beginners Hike, heading home. Instead of turning down my street, I stayed on Scenic, parking down next to the Aquaduct. I walked it towards Goat Springs Canyon with the vague thought of confirming an all canyon route up to the Springs (instead of using either of the established trail). That would/should have been a minor effort loop... 500'+ elevation gain walking to the base of the falls, then ascending the hidden fault.

But....

I noticed yet another canyon mouth; I turned up it.

Hour or so later I found myself up at the base of The Mesa cliffs! Interesting canyon... interesting traverse down and out... nice pictures of the setting sun. I finished after dark.

I drank 160 calories of Gatorade... still need to eat in prep for tomorrow's long, harder day. I'm thinking yogurt and whole grain cereal?
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Feb 25 2014
Jim_H
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41 male
 Joined Sep 08 2006
 Marana, AZ
Goat Springs Trail #118Southeast, NM
Southeast, NM
Hiking avatar Feb 25 2014
Jim_H
Hiking4.00 Miles 1,460 AEG
Hiking4.00 Miles   1 Hour   55 Mns   2.09 mph
1,460 ft AEG3 LBS Pack
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Linked none no linked trail guides
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Warm, gray, and overcast, but it was better than the A/Ortega one more time. I'm having trouble keeping interested in excercise hikes, but this is an alternative that is decent.
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Feb 15 2014
imike
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71 male
 Joined Nov 05 2008
 Cloudcroft, NM
Marble Canyon - SouthSoutheast, NM
Southeast, NM
Canyoneering avatar Feb 15 2014
imike
Canyoneering9.30 Miles 3,250 AEG
Canyoneering9.30 Miles
3,250 ft AEG
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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folks clinging to the shady sides today! As with every group hike up this cut to date... the standout effort is the exit traverse!! So odd. Still remains a standout canyon, possibly the best in the area...
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Feb 02 2014
Jim_H
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 Guides 60
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41 male
 Joined Sep 08 2006
 Marana, AZ
Goat Springs Trail #118Southeast, NM
Southeast, NM
Hiking avatar Feb 02 2014
Jim_H
Hiking4.00 Miles 1,460 AEG
Hiking4.00 Miles   1 Hour   50 Mns   2.18 mph
1,460 ft AEG3 LBS Pack
 no routes
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
The morning may have been lousy, but it was nice by afternoon, so I went up to the Mesa. Starting to feel more like spring, with the later sunset.

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water 4 out of 5 Goat Springs Gallon + per minute Gallon + per minute
Still slowly flowing over the cliffs.
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average hiking speed 2.01 mph
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