Rocky Canyon Trail

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Rocky Canyon Trail ist ein 17.1 Meilen langer Rundweg in der Nähe von Mimbres, New Mexico. Er führt durch schönen Wald, vorbei an herrlichen Aussichtspunkten und es gibt oftmals Wildtiere zu sehen. Aufgrund der Steigung und Distanz ist die Strecke als moderat einzustufen. Hier kann hervorragend gewandert und gebackpackt werden. Hunde sind auf diesem Weg erlaubt.

Entfernung: 17.1 miles Höhenunterschied: 2,408 feet Routentyp: Rundweg







abseits des Weges
8 months ago

Every chance to hike in the Gila is precious but today's hike was extra special. I had planned a different hike, but when the graven road started to get dicey I pulled off at the first trailhead I saw, which was Rocky Canyon. My guidebook mentioned an interesting, off-trail hike following the stream bed to an area with a lot of caves and alcoves adjacent to the stream, so I decided to start with that. I explored this area and then headed further down the canyon. At this point, the canyon widens and the walls climb about 500 feet above the stream on either side. I was enjoying a leisurely per-amble down the stream bed when a cave on the north side of the canyon caught my eye. I thought about sticking with the easy walk along the river, but my curiosity got the better of me. I thought the cave probably hadn't been explored in some time, since it's not on a trail, its a steep climb above the river bed, and even the maintained trails in the area don't get much foot traffic. It was the right decision. On my scramble up the canyon wall, I found a pottery shard appearing to belong to the Mimbres Culture. When I reached the cave, I found two additional shards and a large piece of a bowl. I continued walking below the ridge line, scanning the ground for pottery shards. Suddenly, I heard a great commotion. I looked up and yelled out in surprise -- I had startled a large black bear, and it had scrambled up a tree. I regained my bearings (no pun intended) and took a couple steps back to admire the impressive creature. Then I took some video. The bear was obviously nervous having me there, and made a sound that seemed to be panting. I made a detour, and the bear scrambled down the tree and ran down towards the stream. I came upon some interesting rock sculptures, waterfalls, and slot canyons thereafter. On the way out, I stopped and had a nice chat with two Canadians who are biking the Continental Divide Trail through August. Saw a herd of about 15 elk on the drive out. Wilderness is special. You can't plan for these type of experiences. No amount of money will allow you to recreate them. You just have to get out and explore.

Tue Jun 13 2017

There is no trail in lower element of the loop in the canyon. It is a very picturesque box-slot for much of the way. However even a small storm upstream will be fatal if you are caught there. Be very careful attempting this part of the trail.