A hike on Dog Canyon Trail at Oliver Lee State Park

Ok,, today we planned to attempt hiking the Dog Canyon Trail. As I mentioned before everyone we talked to said it is a aggressive trail. And from what I read online it is for the experienced hiker and is around 6 miles one way. It climbs from 4300ft to over 7000ft during the hike. So I’ll be up front and say that I didn’t really think we would make it all the way. And we didn’t.

Really just getting underway good on Dog Trail. You see I still have a smile on my face in this picture LOL!!

Really just getting underway good on Dog Trail. You see I still have a smile on my face in this picture LOL!!

But I will say that we made it farther than I thought we would. I’ll be the first to admit that I don’t like heights so when we are hiking on trails that are narrow and slanted and on uneven material  and I could fall to my death I stop having a good time LOL!!! Well maybe it wasn’t all that bad but it seemed like it at times.

Diane was doing pretty good and probably would have gone further but she was getting down pretty low to maneuver in some of the areas and was sitting on her rump to slide down a couple spots on the way down. So it was clearly more than we can handle.

Having a chat about how much further we want to go. I've about crapped my pants already LOL!!

Having a chat about how much further we want to go. I’ve about crapped my pants already LOL!!

None the less we gave it a good go and had a good time and it was good exercise.

When I tried to take the first picture I realized I didn’t have my flash card!! That’s twice in a short time that has happened but I did had my phone so the pictures probably are not the best.

Here is a short write up I found online about Dog Canyon Trail

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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 4.2 miles, making it a difficult hike, especially in summer. Because of the reliable, spring-fed stream in the canyon, the trail has been used for thousands of years as a route from the Tularosa Valley into the Sacramento Mountains. After arrival of the white man, the trail was used as a route of retreat by Apaches fleeing military forces. Many battles were fought in the canyon between Apaches and troops from 1850 to 1881. In 1880, sixty soldiers pursued old Chief Nana and his warriors into the canyon. When the troops were on the “Eyebrow,” the steep upper portion of the trail, the Indians rolled rocks onto them, killing and injuring many.

———————————————————————————————————-After our failed attempt at the hike we came back down and jumped in the jeep to visit the White Sands National Park. I’ll do a separate post on that adventure.

View of the campground from partway up Dog Trail

View of the campground from partway up Dog Trail

I’ll admit that when I have to turn around on a trail like that I beat myself up the rest of the day.  But I guess better safe than sorry. But this time it was not the uphill climb that got me,, it was the ledges.

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