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Full moon Alkali Flat hike

  • Jun 15, 2011 · 7:15 PM

The full moon is this Wednesday, and White Sands National Monument has extended hours, open until 11 pm. Perfect timing for a full moon hike!

Sorry for the late notice and it being in the middle of the week. Hopefully, the full moon will fall on a weekend later in the summer so we can repeat this again.

Otherwise, this 4½–5 mi hike is relatively flat yet still somewhat strenuous (it's loose sand dunes the entire route).

This is not the same as the ranger-led full moon walk, which is on Tuesday and requires RSVP (now full).

Note on footwear: if you've done this before, you know to wear ankle-high footwear, or go barefoot (easier than it sounds). Gypsum sand is not fun in your shoes.

Please bring a flashlight in case of emergencies; please don't plan on using it (it's better to walk only by moonlight).

I'd like to start the hiking by 8:00 pm; we'll see sunset out in the dunes and give us 3 hours to enjoy the hike.

$3/person entry fee (good for a week).

Meet at:

  • Las Cruces: At 7:15 pm, K-Mart parking lot on North Main/US 70 and Del Rey, near Shell. See map ( OpenStreetMap or Google Maps). I am going to grab dinner at Habañeros at 6:30 pm, if anyone else is interested.
  • El Paso: At 6:45 pm, Walmart at Transmountain/US 54 at the west-most parking lot towards US 54. See map ( Google Maps). Note: your organizer is not meeting here, please self-organize!
  • White Sands: At 8:00 pm, across the road from the Alkali Flat trail head, near the restrooms.

More information: Alkali Flat Trail at the NPS; Map; GPS track.

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  • Cesar G

    Sorry I missed everyone yesterday. Lost track of time walking and playing on the dunes with the kids. Sounds like you all had a great time as always.

    June 16, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    Beautiful, I would do this again.

    June 16, 2011

  • Darlene

    It was harder then I thought it would be, but tons of fun! I'd do it again in a heart beat!

    June 16, 2011

  • Samat

    @Violeta: In case no one knows how to get to White Sands from El Paso: take US 54 north to Alamogordo; once in Alamogordo, veer left at the US 54/US 70 interchange and take US 70 west. White Sands is on the right, some 17 mi past Holloman AFB --- you can't miss it. Also, moon rise is at 8:25 pm tonight, before twilight, so we shouldn't need flashlights (emergency use only).

    June 15, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sound fun :)

    June 15, 2011

  • Cesar G

    Ill meet everyone up there. Going right after work so the kids can play while there's still sunlight the sun decide if they want to go for a hike. Ill keep an eye out for everyone around 8

    June 15, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    @ Samat- Much is appreciated so I will meet you at the K-mart parking lot on time. Thanks again.

    June 14, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    I've done this hike before. It is good to take a flashlight because the moon does not rise until 9:15pm tomorrow and takes a while for it to rise high enough to light the way. Last year, some of the trail markers were down and it was hard to find the trail. Especially at night.

    Also, there are two more full moons this summer. Friday, July 15th and Saturday, August 13th.

    June 14, 2011

  • Violeta J.

    I don't know how to get there, will be at the Walmart Transmountain and can probably fit 2 more ppl in my truck.

    June 14, 2011

  • Samat

    We usually carpool, just show up on time at one of the meeting points.

    June 14, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    Is anyone carpooling?

    June 14, 2011

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