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Last Chance Canyon Trail (T.226)

Intermediate/Difficult

Trail

6.1 mile 9.8 kilometer point to point
Intermediate/Difficult

Elevation

Ascent: 1,059' 323 m
Descent: -329' -100 m
High: 5,389' 1,643 m
Low: 4,554' 1,388 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 4% (2°)
Max Grade: 20% (11°)

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Trail shared by Jason Wheat

A creekside canyon trail with beautiful scenery and unique rock formations and creek-bed bathing.

Jason Wheat

Features River/Creek · Swimming · Views

Description

From its eastern trailhead, T.226 begins as a well maintained, easy-to-follow path with inclines averaging 10% or less (except at the very beginning) along the first 3.0 miles. Then, after crossing the canyon's rock-strewn, dry stream bed, the trail becomes steep for a short distance but the trail is still maintained.

For the next 0.5 miles, hikers will enjoy splendid canyon views which open up as the path winds across a steep slope just above a high, vertical canyon wall and boulder-filled, deep canyon bottom. The path becomes faint for the next 0.6 mile as it follows along the edge of the slickrock canyon bottom, or just above it. At one location, a very narrow trail climbs and descends in 0.1 mile, with a very steep grade.

Unexpectedly, several pumping systems appear. It is like an outdoor “museum,” depicting improvements in water-pumping technology spanning many decades. From here, and for its last 1.2 miles, the trail is in reasonably good shape and angles up the relatively steep canyon slope to the upper trailhead.

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Last Chance Canyon
Jan 17, 2019 near Whites…, NM
White Oak Canyon
Jan 16, 2019 near Whites…, NM
White Oak's Canyon
Dec 20, 2017 near Whites…, NM
Last Chance Canyon T226
Jan 16, 2019 near Whites…, NM

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