Dog Canyon Trail (106) is a hiking trail in Otero County, New Mexico. It is within Oilver Lee State Park and Lincoln National Forest. It is 5.1 miles long and begins at 4,411 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 10.5 miles with a total elevation gain of 4,286 feet.
Dog Canyon Trail (106) Professional Reviews and Guides
"A long day hike from the Tularosa Valley up into the Sacramento Mountains. Dog Canyon is one of several canyons in the steep western escarpment of the Sacramento Mountains. The rugged west face of the mountains rises more than 5,000 feet within a few miles from the Chihuahuan Desert of the Tularosa Valley to the lush Canadian Zone forest of the crest. The Dog Canyon Trail climbs over 3,100 feet in only 5.5 miles, making it a difficult hike, especially in summer.
The published one- way distance for this hike varies more than usual, from 4.2 to 6.4 miles. I used the Forest Service distance of 5.5 miles. The steepness of the trail and the high canyon walls probably interfere with even GPS measurements."
--Laurence Parent, Hiking New Mexico - 4th Edition (Falcon Guides).
"Holding permanent running water and a steep route over the rampart of the southern Sacramento Mountains, Dog Canyon has been tramped by Mescalero Apaches, Mexican and American soldiers, and Texas ranchers. It is said that this route to the high country was a particular favorite of Apache war parties because of the ease with which they could ambush pursuers at the “eyebrow” section, a narrow ledge below 800-foot walls of limestone. In 1880, the Ninth Cavalry lost several men along this section when Apaches rolled large boulders down on them from above."
--Craig Martin, 100 Hikes in New Mexico (The Mountaineers Books).
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