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Sitting Bull Falls Loop Trail

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Trail

9.9 mile 15.9 kilometer loop
85% Runnable
Intermediate/Difficult

Elevation

Ascent: 1,782' 543 m
Descent: -1,785' -544 m
High: 5,597' 1,706 m
Low: 4,553' 1,388 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 7% (4°)
Max Grade: 27% (15°)

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Trail shared by Jason Wheat

A large loop encircling the recreational area passing through each trail junction and overlook connection.

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Features Cave · River/Creek · Views · Waterfall

Overview

This run features ridge traverses and canyon scrambles threading through picturesque semi-desert terrain and vegetation including prickly pear, cholla, juniper, algerita and cottonwood. Runners will enjoy a diversity of trails consisting of smooth creekside running, high rocky trail, and a bit of forest service road.

Runner Notes

This loop is ~75% runnable but includes many steep ascents/descents and a bit of scrambling through the springs and creek beds. The trail is often spotted with stones. Quick feet and strong legs will be necessary for a complete run.

Description

This large loop encompasses the Sitting Bull Falls Recreation Area. It includes T.68, T.214, T.217, FSRD 525, and T.226.

Starting at the parking area at Jct. A, the trail ascends 0.6 miles to Jct. B, with an optional route to Queen, NM TH or a 2.7 mi loop through Jct. C and returning back to Jct. B. The Jct. B-C-D loop is very nice with a trek deep in the canyon and returning along the ridge.

T.217 from Jct. D-E is a 1.1 mile technical ascent out of the canyon cresting at the Overlook Trail (T.215). Take the overlook or continue on the easily tunable Forrest Service Road 525, return northerly and at the end of the ridge the trail will exit the road to the left and descend into the canyon toward White Oaks Spring.

At the spring, the trail is overgrown, but follow the spring downstream toward Jct. F / Last Chance Canyon Trail (T.226). Here is a very nice creek-side camping spot. Continue down the canyon on Last Chance Canyon Trail (T.226) to return to the main park road and Jct. G parking or continue a short distance further on to Jct A Main parking.

The trail is a very technical run. It is well marked with signage at all junctions and cairns are frequent.

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Aug 13, 2019
Jonathan Nobles
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  4.5 from 2 votes

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White Oak's Canyon
Dec 20, 2017 near Whites…, NM
White Oaks Spring
Dec 20, 2017 near Whites…, NM
Sitting Bull Falls
Dec 20, 2017 near Whites…, NM
Last Chance Canyon T226
Jan 16, 2019 near Whites…, NM
Unnamed / Unknown monoliths
Dec 20, 2017 near Whites…, NM

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