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    Viking Jack followed Maria Mota

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    Viking Jack reviewed Perk Ridge Trail

    almost 2 years ago

    I already reviewed the first half & returned to finish. As I stated earlier, this trail is much better if you include the Perk Canyon trail to make a loop. I again started at the Perk Ridge trail route then branched off a single track trail that runs parallel to the main trail but more scenic. Towards the end of this trail it starts to wind & get a little steeper. Once to the end, it joins with the Perk Ridge & levels off to flat terrain again. the area is creepy as hell. There are piles of felled tress/branches all over the place-you feel like you're in a Blair witch movie. I would recommend stopping to relax here. We then took the Perk Canyon trail back. It is very scenic & peaceful. The grass is green, trees are pretty tall, you hear birds everywhere & follow a nice brook with a cool little wooden bridge at one point until you end up at the starting point for both Perk Ridge & Canyon trails.

    Viking Jack reviewed McKittrick Canyon Trail

    almost 2 years ago

    This hike must be done at the right time to get the best experience. Generally before Dec you check their website/FB page for an update on the color change..when the leaves turn. The first 1/4 of the hike is pretty uneventful, normal southwest terrain & scenery. The trail follows a riverbed until eventually crossing it. The canyon on your left is pretty cool, as are the layers of rock that have eroded in the riverbed. Once across it's just gravel trail for awhile with a few spots to sit. Again, the mountains looming on both sides are pretty neat. Eventually you start heading into the deeper part of the canyon where the whole topography changes. You start seeing the colors. You'll cross over the river bed (this time w/ water) back to the left bank. The scenery is gorgeous & the trail is surrounded by trees. Once again, you cross back to the right side of the bed & that's where the views are best. So much gold, orange & reds. The ranger station is off to the right. We continued on & were just amazed at the scenery. There are many trees like ash that are nowhere else in the region. We stayed to the right at the grotto/lodge junction, where the trail starts climbing the right side of the canyon. Looking down from up high, the whole canyon spread out, it's breathtaking. The trail gets steeper & winds up to the top of the canyon where you can go on to campsites. We were short on time so headed back. On the return we went to the old lodge & grotto. Both great places to rest & eat as there are picnic tables. Definitely recommend heading out early to make the most of the whole day. I will be returning to try & make it to the very top next time.

    Viking Jack completed McKittrick Canyon Trail

    almost 2 years ago

    Viking Jack saved McKittrick Canyon Trail

    almost 2 years ago

    Viking Jack saved Perk Ridge Trail

    almost 2 years ago

    Viking Jack updated Perk Ridge Trail

    over 2 years ago

    Viking Jack completed Sitting Bull Falls Trail

    over 2 years ago

    Viking Jack updated Perk Ridge Trail

    over 2 years ago

    Viking Jack updated Perk Ridge Trail

    over 2 years ago

    Viking Jack updated Perk Ridge Trail

    over 2 years ago

    Viking Jack updated Perk Ridge Trail

    over 2 years ago

    Viking Jack updated Perk Ridge Trail

    over 2 years ago

    Viking Jack updated Perk Ridge Trail

    over 2 years ago

    Viking Jack updated Perk Ridge Trail

    over 2 years ago

    Viking Jack updated Perk Ridge Trail

    over 2 years ago

    Viking Jack updated Perk Ridge Trail

    over 2 years ago

    Viking Jack reviewed Perk Ridge Trail

    over 2 years ago

    This is listed as an in & out, but you can easily return via the Perk Canyon trail to make a loop. Getting there is confusing due to the nature of the streets. We ended up on the wrong road & had a local cuss us out after we asked for directions! Take Sudderth Rd via US 70 through the heart of Ruidoso until it ends at a traffic circle. Go right on Main Rd & stay on until Ebarb Rd, take another right. Ebarb goes uphill & twists around (you're not lost) until you see Perk Canyon Dr on the left. Hang a left on Perk Canyon & it eventually ends at Perk Canyon Trail (T93). If you have a good 4x4 you can continue up the road but it is washed out & severely rutted. At the top is Perk Ridge trail. (T92) While rated easy...it is uphill most of the way & at 7,000ft altitude-you get winded. The first half is mostly a wide, rocky road with great views of the forest on either side, as the name implies you are on the ridge. Eventually you get to a Trail marker w/ stones at the base. Take the detour right! It is a barely there single track trail but it is much more scenic as you wind your way through the trees. On that section we encountered several large white tail bucks & I had a pair of Ravens performing several flybys. You will continue uphill & meet up with the wider trail. We started late so had to turn around before meeting up with the Perk Canyon trail but I definitely plan on returning earlier to do the whole loop. There are so many areas on this trail to climb trees or wander off & explore & the deeper in you hike, the more wildlife you encounter.

    Viking Jack completed Perk Ridge Trail

    over 2 years ago

    Viking Jack added Perk Ridge Trail

    over 2 years ago

    Viking Jack saved Organ Needles Trail

    over 2 years ago

    Viking Jack saved Dripping Springs Trail

    over 2 years ago

    Viking Jack reviewed DSNA - Fillmore Canyon Trail.

    over 2 years ago

    Did the trail as part of the whole Dripping Springs/La Cueva loop. It's a short hike & there wasn't much water ...but any day outside trumps sitting on the couch. If you have some free time then you could scramble about in some areas. I decided to climb up past the falls but had to return because of an incoming storm.

    Viking Jack reviewed Dog Canyon

    over 2 years ago

    This trail almost killed me...but it was mostly my fault (and I'll be doing it again) The first part is a series of switchbacks up the side of the 1st plateau. Not really difficult, just uphill & no shade. Great views of the canyon to your left. As you round the last corner, you can get a fantastic view of the whole desert & White Sands behind you. The top of the 1st plateau is flat hiking through scrub. Tons of cicadas here serenading you. You end up hiking along the edge of the canyon & the trail starts to wind & undulate a bit more. There is only one area with some shade & stone bench for miles, take advantage. The trail eventually starts winding up the 2nd plateau, again you have great views of the canyons & trail behind you. About 3/4ths of the way up there is a large overhang to the left, with a nice shaded hollow. Perfect place to rest, drink & snack. From here you get an amazing view of where you started. Gives a sense of desolation & grandeur. Once you get to the top of the 2nd plateau, the whole topography changes. It really took my breath away the 1st time. You are now in a grassy meadow with bushes & scattered trees. The canyon walls tower over 1,000 ft on each side. Amazing after such barren hiking. There is a large boulder @ the edge of the canyon I climbed for a photo op & some shaded logs to sit on too. From here the trail starts down into the canyon. It's pretty short. At the bottom there is a barely there stream but lots of shade, trees & areas to camp out. There is also 3 rubble walls that used to be the line cabin. REST, EAT & HYDRATE! The last section will rise over 1,000 ft in about 1/8th of a mile. Once again, amazing views, but the hiking is strenuous. You are now going up the opposite side of the canyon. There is a cool section where water sometimes cascades down. You start winding around the sheer face of the canyon, there is no shade & the trail is narrow & drops off so watch your footing. Eventually you will level off into sunspot, where you can continue on to the road. The way back is what almost did me in. I'm in excellent shape & had maintained a fast pace & only rested for 15 minutes...it was also in June. My legs cramped & the heat was oppressive. Through sheer grit & determination, I made it back. Bring lots of water (3L is barely enough), take periodic breaks & I would rest for at least 30-45 min @ the line cabin.

    Viking Jack reviewed DSNA - La Cueva Loop Trail.

    over 2 years ago

    Did the loop, Fillmore & Dripping Springs in one hike & unless you're pressed for time I don't see why anyone else wouldn't. As my fellow hikers said, just an easy trail walk to a neat, little cave w/ some history. There are plenty of opportunities to go rock climbing but I would suggest Hueco Tanks in TX (about an hour or so away) for serious rock climbing.