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White Sands | Supermoon | Hike to Alkali Flat

Hiking at White Sands National Monument, not by moonlight, but rather by SUPERMOONLIGHT!

That's right, you'll wish you had sunscreen and sunglasses for this night hike; the Perigee moon will certainly show no restraint, and neither will we. And now, back to your regularly scheduled program...

Each month during the summer, White Sands has a "full moon night" where the park is kept open an extra hour or two. Perfect for some night time, moonlit hiking. The park closes at 11 pm.

Note: this is different than the National Park Service's "Full Moon Hike", which is much shorter (1 mi), and requires a reservation in advance.

PLEASE BRING (apart from the obvious, like water):

  • Any necessary paperwork for immigration (there is a checkpoint!)
  • Flashlight (for emergency purposes only, please don't use it and walk by moonlight instead)
  • A potassium-containing snack (i.e. banana) — going up & down dunes is tiring, and we don't want to take too long.
  • Sweater/jacket — it may be chilly.
  • Something to drink for after the hike, if you are planning on going to the concert or hanging out for a while after the hike.

If you have a GPS, please bring it, and load the GPS track linked below onto it.(I don't have a GPS, so please don't expect me to track the hike.)

If you are not a United States citizen, please remember to bring all necessary paperwork (which usually includes passport, entry visa, etc), as we will need to pass through a border patrol checkpoint. The US Border Patrol is not particularly kind to those who forget their papers.

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 sunset (8:30 pm?) to whenever we get back (probably between 9–10 pm).

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

SKILL LEVEL 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. The 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 clear (tentative).

AFTERWARDS it'd probably be best to head home—Monday is a work day!

MEET for carpool at:

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry change of plans

    June 23, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I am going to have to cancel. My water heater broke and have someone coming to install a new one. Please don't wait for me. If I am able to make it in time, I will find you. Sorry for the inconvenience.

    June 23, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Soooo excited, my mom and I have been wanting to so the moonlight hike for years but never got to it. I told her about this meet up event and we both said enough is enough no more excuses lets go! See you all at Kmart.

    June 22, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I will be meeting you at the white sands parking lot. Looking forward to it!

    June 22, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Meet you at the visitors center^^

    June 20, 2013

  • mariel

    I dont have a GPS

    June 20, 2013

  • Samat

    OOT

    June 20, 2013

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