Sunday, October 17, 2010

Ox Spring, Hay Canyons-Cibola National Forest

Our first day out I had intended to explore Thompson Canyon,known for it's rock climbing area, and maybe climb Madre Mountain, the tallest and only named peak in the Datil Range. Unfortunately, the entrance is on private land and when we drove to the locked gate,the message seemed to be keep out. Since there was no one home at the nearby ranch house, we headed out for other options. I later learned that the gate may have been just dummy locked,but that it was still necessary to make arrangements with the land owners. We drove on Forest Road 6 first to the turn off for the Davenport lookout. That road, at least on the map, appeared to be a backway into Thompson Canyon. On the ground though,it didn't look like a good option. We continued on FR 6 over Monument Saddle down into Ox Spring Canyon. We parked and hiked to a clearing which had beautiful views of the sheer cliffs on the north side of Madre Mountain and the Sawtooths.Later, we backtracked on FR 6 to Hay Canyon and did and pleasant but,unremarkable hike down its road without seeing another soul.

1 comment:

mjh said...

You're right about the road by the lookout leading to Thompson canyon, but I hesitate to recommend it. We came the other way, through the gate that wasn't locked at the time. Beautiful drive. Decided to go up to the lookout in our 4 wheel drive truck with a camper on the back. Switchbacks were pretty scary -- so glad we didn't encounter another vehicle because I have no idea what we would have done.