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WSNM - Alkali Flat Trail

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Highlights:

Dune hike to Alkali Dry Lake in the White Sands National Monument Park.
Near:Holloman Air Force Base, NM
Scenery:
Distance:4.95 miles round trip
Elevation Gain:600 ft
Hike Time:2.5 hours
Difficulty:Moderate
Trail Condition:OK, but a few difficult spots
HikeType:Loop



Summary: The trail starts at the sign near the parking lot. Please sign the trail book in and out so the rangers know you made it out OK! The trail is located deep in the dune field, and is well marked by orange/white posts. The elevation profile indicates a flat hike, but the constant rolling dunes give an elevation gain of 600 feet in short up and down sections. The trail leads you to a dry Alkali labe bed, then back. The white sand reflects the sunlight and heat. Wear protection from the elements and the weather of the season. No water available past the HQ, so come prepared.
Trailhead: From Alamogordo NM, drive 15 miles west on US-70 to the park entrance. From Las Cruces NM, drive 50 miles east on US-70 to the park entrance. From the main entrance, proceed into the park 7.90 miles to a well marked parking area. The trail begins at the sign, and is well marked by wooden posts the entire way. (Lat:32.8205 Lon:-106.27357)
Trail Guides for WSNM - Alkali Flat Trail:
Best Seasons: Year-Round
User Groups: Hikers, Dogs,
Ranger Contact: White Sands National Monument - (505) 679-2599
Localhikes Reporter: This hike was submitted by Michael P. Olbrisch, who has posted  71 other hikes on this site
Trail Reviews  Submit your own review
Reviewed by MNA on 2/28/2008
Great hike. Well marked. It was like being on the moon. I am very happy I did it even if it did take me 3 hours. It was a great winter hike but I would not attempt it in summer. I wouldn't hike it again because there are so many other trails in this area. But it is a diffinite "must do one time".

Reviewed by Karen on 4/20/2005
Awesome hike, but got badly burnt from reflection off sand! Can't wait to do it again.


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