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White Sands Alkali Flat

We've done this hike a few times this past year in the dark—can you remember the last time you did it during the daytime? I can't either!

This hike is tentative on the weather. As of Friday, the weather calls for gusts up to 35 mph. I will cancel no later than 2 hours before the hike Sunday if the weather will be bad (and since I like to play chicken w/ the weather and usually win, it is unlikely it will be any earlier).

If you have a GPS, please bring it, and load the GPS track linked below onto it.

DISTANCE is ~5 mi loop.

ELEVATION GAIN is some 200 ft elevation lost, but effectively it is much more because of the up & down of the dunes

FEES: $3/person. If you have a Federal Lands Pass, please bring them; they are accepted here.

DURATION: From late morning to early after

PET FRIENDLY? Yes. Bring a muzzle (you shouldn't need be told to bring a proper leash).

SKILL LEVEL is is good for a first hike, but still somewhat challenging; the sand is loose and the hike is medium-length (5 mi).

TERRAIN is gypsum sand dunes. My recommendation is that you walk barefoot; otherwise, high-ankle boots/shoes with gaiters (to keep sand out of your shoes) also work great.

WEATHER is TBA.

AFTERWARDS we'll be going to the Lake Lucero Tour.

MEET for carpool at:

  • Las Cruces: 8:30 am, K-Mart parking lot on North Main/US 70 and Del Rey, near Shell. See map (OpenStreetMap or Google Maps).
  • El Paso: Please meet in Las Cruces, thanks!
  • White Sands visitor center: 9:15 am. If you have a federal lands pass, consider carpooling from the visitor's center into the monument so people can save on admission fees.
  • White Sands Alkali Flat trailhead: 9:30 am. Please meet at the Alkali Flat trailhead register.

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  • Samat

    Hiking in a sand storm—definitely an experience! Justified by the fact someone went out running in it as soon as we got back and it began to get bad…

    February 24, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I was driving to base for a workout today and saw the sandstorm from Alamo, I can't believe you were in that!

      February 24, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    So any decision regarding the weather?

    February 24, 2013

    • Samat

      Going to play chicken w/ the weather (I usually win)—if we start by 9:30a, I think we'll be fine. If you've handkerchief or scarf, please bring it just in case!

      February 24, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Ok. Thanks!

      February 24, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Me and my son Zane are planning to go on this hike.

    February 23, 2013

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