Summary: From the trailhead, proceed around the building and take the Dog Canyon Trail uphill. The trail will switchback uphill. At 0.4 miles you will leave OLSP and enter the Lincoln National Forest. At 0.8 miles you will reach a bench. The trail will be flat to gently rolling hills for about 0.7 miles, then start uphill again. At 2.48 miles you will reach another bench. After crossing the bench the trail will go downhill to the stream and the line cabin. Follow this trail back to return to the start.
Trailhead: From the intersection of US-70 and US-54 in Alamogordo, head south on US-54 8.9 miles to Dog Canyon Rd. Turn left (east) on Dog Canyon Rd. Proceed 4.5 miles to the end of the road. Park in the right parking lot. The trailhead is at the front door of the visitors center. There is a $5 per vehicle day use fee. (Lat:32.74816 Lon:-105.91429)
Trail Guides for OLSP Dog Canyon Line Cabin:
Best Seasons: Year-Round
User Groups: Hikers, Dogs,
Ranger Contact: Oliver Lee State Park - (505) 437-8284
Localhikes Reporter: This hike was submitted by Michael P. Olbrisch, who has posted 71 other hikes on this site
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Reviewed by OldRanger on 12/13/2010
Dog Canyon Trail? Of course the dog went and enjoyed the hike in excellent December weather. Stream at the Line Shack was very low but the dog went in and got wet. Saw no other hikers.
Reviewed by lucia on 4/22/2007
Went 4/22/07 A gain of 2000 elevation from the start. Saw some great desert plants in bloom. Hike was challenging but doable. First 3/4 mile up the mountain but trail easy to follow. Would recommend walking sticks and good hiking shoes. Great Vistas and great Oasis at the end of the three mile hike. Would do it again :)
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