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Frisco Box Trail No. 162

Contact Info
Reserve, NM 87830

Phone:
575-533-6232
Basics
Length:
5.3 miles
Difficulty:
Difficult
Time:
3 - 4 hours
Trailhead Elevation:
6000 feet
Elevation Range:
6000 feet to 6500 feet
Elevation Change:
500 feet
Usage:
Light
Season:
Summer to Fall

Description

Trail 762 skirting around the east side of private land then accends up a ridge providing excellent viewing of the rock bluffs and unique formations before the trail decends back down to the San Francisco River. At this point the trail basically follows the gorge type river bottom without any developed trailway. The further you go up the river, the more narrow and rocky the canyon becomes until you get to the area known as the Box. This canyon area is very narrow with high bluffs along its edge with the San Francisco River running through this gorge. Once you get throught the narrows or "Box" area the canyon gradually widens and you continue upstream for approximately 1.5 miles to the Frisco Warm Springs.

Unique rock formations, riprian area, fishing and Frisco Warm Springs.

Be aware of flash flooding.

Details

Length:
5.3 miles
Difficulty:
Difficult
Time:
3 - 4 hours
Trailhead Elevation:
6000
Elevation Range:
6000 feet to 6500
Elevation Change:
500
Usage:
Light
Season:
Summer to Fall
Useful Map(s):
USGS: Frisco Box
Additional Details:

Trail runs along the boundry of private land. Please keep to the trail and adhere to signs to respect private landholder rights. No facilities are present at the trailhead or along the trail.

The trail is not recommended for travel during rainy season or spring runoff when high water could pose a risk to personal safety.

Reserve, NM is 10.5 miles from the trail head. The town has a gas station and grocery store and several cafe''s and 2 motels.

The San Francisco River has running water year round. The water quality is not tested therefore it cannot be guaranteed to be drinkable.

Camping is limited in areas of the Box and is not recommended during high water run off or rainy season. The trailway through the "Box" area may change after each major flood

Trout fishing is fair in pools in the Box area usually in the Spring.

Livestock cannot be used through this trail due to its rough, rocky terrain.

Map + Directions

Basic Directions

From Reserve go north 5 miles on Highway 12, turn left to Forest Road 49 (Toriette Lakes), approximately 1/4 mile turn left on Forest Road 41, traverse 5 miles to trail head 762.


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