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Hike & Happy Hour: White Sands Alkali Flat

White Sands is open again!

For this week's hike and happy hour, we'll be doing White Sands Alkali Flat Trail (in the daylight, for once!)

If you've been complaining that we get up too early for hikes, or that we drive to far, or what have you—finally, a hike for you! Because of the driving involved, we'll be meeting earlier than usual (12 pm instead of 1 pm).

Unlike the other "hike & happy hour" events, we'll actually be going to a real happy hour (5–7 pm) for dinner after the hike at High Desert Brewery. (follow link for directions). Beers are $1 off. We will be sitting outside; while they are heaters, please bring an extra layer if you think you will be cold.

If you are a guest of the United States (i.e. non-citizen), there is a US Customs & Border Patrol checkpoint demarcating passage to/from what the ACLU calls a "Constitution-Free Zone". If this bothers you, please donate to the ACLU and harass your congress critters; otherwise please bring appropriate documentation of your entry into the US (passports, visas, etc—you know better what you need than we do). Group hikes are not the place to make a stand for your civil liberties.

DISTANCE is ~5 mi loop (or out and back).

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: 2-3 hours. I want to be back in Las Cruces by 5 pm.

PET FRIENDLY? Yes. Bring a muzzle (you shouldn't need be told to bring a proper leash), and if you'd like to unleash, ask others before you do so.

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). We will take breaks and regroup as needed.

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 TBA.

AFTERWARDS we will be going to High Desert Brewery's happy hour. See event description for more information.

MEET for carpool at:

• El Paso: 11:00 am, I-10 and Redd Road Kohl's, in the south end of the parking lot near Starbucks. GPS: [masked]°N,[masked]°W (see on Google Maps, OpenStreetMap, USGS topo map). Note: your host is not meeting here, please self-organize! Since some people (may) be coming back to Las Cruces afterwards, we're meeting on El Paso's west side instead of the east.

• Las Cruces: 12:00 pm, K-Mart parking lot on North Main/US 70 and Del Rey, near Shell. GPS: [masked]°N,[masked]°W (see on Google Maps, OpenStreetMap, USGS topo map)

• White Sands Visitor Center: 1:00 pm, front parking lot facing US 70. We leave at 1:00 pm sharp! GPS: [masked]°N,[masked]°W (see on Google Maps, OpenStreetMap, USGS topo map)[masked]°N,[masked]°W (see on Google Maps, OpenStreetMap, USGS topo map)

• White Sands Alkali Flat trailhead: 1:20 pm. Please meet at the Alkali Flat trailhead register. GPS: [masked]°N,[masked]°W (see on Google Maps, OpenStreetMap, USGS topo map). Please don't meet here unless you know where it is!

MORE information:

• GPS track

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  • Silvia

    Really enjoyed although I was last ;)

    February 23, 2014

  • Alicia G.

    El Paso crew where are you???

    February 23, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    It looks like the El Paso crew is going straight to white sands visitor center

    February 23, 2014

  • Silvia

    Im going to white sands straight

    February 23, 2014

  • Lauren

    I know it's last minute, but does anyone still have room for one? My plans just changed and Id rather not drive up alone

    1 · February 23, 2014

    • Carol

      is anybody here yet?

      February 23, 2014

    • Lauren

      I got held up by the marathon ppl

      February 23, 2014

  • Carol

    Silvia just arrived at kohls redd road

    February 23, 2014

  • Carol

    Alicia does your friend still have room for one more rider? Thanks, Carol

    February 23, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    We will see the El Paso peeps at 11 in the kohles parking lot

    1 · February 23, 2014

  • Alicia G.

    Yes Carol she does

    February 23, 2014

  • Deandra

    Im from EP!

    1 · February 19, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      I'd like to carpool as well I am at the westside !

      February 22, 2014

    • Deandra

      Sorry to Joachim and Juana, its been a busy week, barely logged in just now. Samat is right it's best if plans for carpool are not made until the meet up tomorrow. Didn't see any comments at the beginning of the week so made other plans :/ Will meet u all at WS for sure.

      February 22, 2014

  • Alicia G.

    A friend of mine is joining us she has room for for 4 people!!! Yee!!

    February 22, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      At 11 am.

      1 · February 22, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Alicia, I will ride with Steve tomorrow at 9 am., so, see you in Las Cruces :)

      1 · February 22, 2014

  • Alicia G.

    At what time we are meeting El Paso @ Starbucks on Redd ?

    February 22, 2014

  • Samat

    Mmm, let's not make solid carpool plans yet… just comment whether you need a ride. In my experience carpool plans get made and then the driver has to change plans at the last minute, making all the planning moot.

    1 · February 21, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Is there people from EP joining this? I really want to go to WS!

    2 · February 17, 2014

    • Alicia G.

      I appreciate carpooling with you Juaisca and Charlena. However not fair for Joachim. Lets just wait till tomorrow afternoon to see who else is going. Dont worry I am sure more people will join. Fair? :)

      1 · February 20, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      I appreciate the consideration. I will ask Deandra below.

      February 21, 2014

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