DESCRIPTION: This is a Caja del Rio hike that starts from Chino Mesa, goes to near the bottom of White Rock Canyon, then heads up a very interesting and scenic canyon to its terminus. Pinatebe is named after a nearby livestock tank that has been in use for hundreds of years.
This route was shown to me by New Mexico native Tom Morrison. Best wishes to you Tom wherever you are.
MEET WHERE: The Dog Park on Caja del Rio Road. Turn right at the sign for the animal shelter. The dog park is right on the corner. The silver Xterra will be parked by the dog run on the left. If you drive to the ball fields on Caja del Rio, you have gone too far. See the map.
MEET WHEN: Wednesday May 9th at 9:00 AM.
RSVP: There are multiple ways to sign on. All of them work and you only have to use one. Please keep up with your email the night before and morning of to make sure that no changes have been made. This trip is limited to 5 total due to 4×4 high clearance transportation requirement.
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EVENT LOCATION: Caja del Rio Plateau and White Rock Canyon
TYPE: Out and back, not exploratory,
TERRAIN: Dirt road, rough trail, cross country with extensive boulder hopping.
DISTANCE/ASCENT: 7 miles, 1700 feet.
CONDITIONS REQUIRED and EXPECTED: This canyon is subject to flash flooding thus there can be no chance of precipitation. All other conditions are acceptable.
HIKE TIME: 5 to 6 hours estimated.
EVENT TIME: 6 to 7 hours estimated.