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Mimbres River Backpack, Aldo Leopold Wilderness, NM

October 5, 2019 @ 6:30 am - October 6, 2019 @ 7:00 pm

The Aldo Leopold Wilderness stretches north-south along the crest of the Black Range for about 30 miles and has a maximum width of about 15 miles. The elevation of the crest ranges from 8,600 feet to 10,165 feet at McKnight Mountain, the highest point in the wilderness area. The crest of the range overlooks a series of east-west trending steep and narrow stream valleys, one thousand or more feet deep. The Mimbres River flows from one of the south-western mountain slopes to a closed drainage basin, a so-called endorheic basin, near the city of Deming, NM. where it sinks into the surrounding desert becoming ground water.

This will be a moderate backpack along trail #77 until we meet the Mimbres River where we will set-up our campsite. There are no river crossings unless hikers want to explore up or downstream once our camp is established. Most of the area was spared from any recent fire damage and the trail is in excellent condition. Our campsite alongside the Mimbres River is within a beautiful riparian area and habitat for a wide variety of species.

Rating: Moderate
Length: 6 miles; 3 in, 3 out along the same trail
Elevation Gain/Loss: 700 feet
Well behaved dogs welcome
There are no fees associated with this outing

There is about 9 miles of dirt road, the North Star Road #150, prior to reaching the trail-head. The last 3/4 mile requires a high clearance vehicle. There is a large parking area prior to the last 3/4 mile where vehicles can park and then hikers can be shuttled to the trail-head if needed.

EP hikers can meet-up at the Kohls/Starbucks parking lot in west EP at 6:30am for carpooling. We will leave at 7am. LC hikers can meet-up at the I-10 Ramada Inn back parking lot at 7:30-8am and the EP hikers will meet you there. Or set-up and make your own driving arrangements and meet-up at the trail-head.

Participants should be in good physical condition to attend this outing. Folks with an underlying medical condition should avoid moderate and strenuous outings. Participants who RSVP yes also agree to the Release of Liability statement: https://www.meetup.com/meetup-group-dWiUFgVP/about/

For safety reasons we hike together and support each-other as a group/team, with the leader in control. We stop, rest, eat, etc. together. No one will be allowed to hike ahead at any time. If you are unwilling to comply with this please do not sign up. Thank-you

Details

Start:
October 5, 2019 @ 6:30 am
End:
October 6, 2019 @ 7:00 pm
Website:
https://www.meetup.com/meetup-group-dWiUFgVP/events/264028591/

Venue

Aldo Leopold Wilderness
Black Range, Railroad Canyon
Kingston, NM us
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