The Checkerboard Apprach Trail
ElevationAscent: 1,101' 336 m
Descent: -38' -12 m
High: 5,717' 1,743 m
Low: 4,616' 1,407 m
GradeAvg Grade: 17% (10°)
Max Grade: 53% (28°)
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“Quick, steep run out of the valley with panoramic views at the summit.”— Tristan Smith
-Puncture Resistant gloves are recommended due to heavy cactus presence on the upper portions of the trail.
From the headwall, there is not a directly recognizable path, however there are some obvious signs of regular travel along the recommended route. Take a left and continue wrapping along the headwall making upward progress as possible. After a final steep ascent through a rubble/scree field you'll find yourself in the saddle between with both east and west peaks clearly visible.
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Land Manager: BLM New Mexico - Las Cruces District Office