Explore Allie Canyon in the Mimbres Valley.
by Linda Ferrara
Name: Allie Canyon
Distance: 5.5 miles round trip
Difficulty: Moderate to difficult
Directions: From the intersection of Hwy. 180 and Hwy. 152 on the edge of Santa Clara, turn north onto Hwy. 152 North and drive 14 miles to Hwy. 35. Take Hwy. 35 north for approximately 10-10.5 miles. On the left, you will see what looks partly like a road and partly like a wide arroyo (there used to be a street sign that said "Allie Canyon Rd," but as of July 22, it's no longer there). Pull in and soon you'll see a corral, windmill and a parking area. Park and head up the arroyo; there'll be a trail there.
Hike Description: Enjoy Allie Canyon on this hike that includes several hills, meadows, pine groves and the like. You'll see an old cabin, a camp area, George Hightower's grave (for more information, check out: 100hikesinayear.wordpress.com/?s=allie+canyon), and huge hoodoos. Be sure to climb up to the hoodoos and get a good look at these natural wonders! Also be aware that this is ranch land and you can expect to encounter cattle.
Notes: I rated this hike as "moderate to difficult" because of its length and climb up to the hoodoos. It is certainly a doable hike for most hikers. Another option for this hike is to continue past the hoodoos and you'll eventually end up at Signal Peak (an overnighter!).
Helpful Hint: Always carry the following items: water, snack, tissues, lip balm, knife, compass, whistle, adhesive bandages, aspirin, bandana, walking stick, appropriate layers of clothing, GPS, cell phone, hat, plastic bags, camera and sunglasses.
To read more about Linda Ferrara's 100-hike challenge, check out her blog at 100hikesinayear.wordpress.com.