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White Sands' moonlit hike to Alkali Flat

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We (or I did, rather) missed White Sands' first full moon hike in May. Not this month!

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.

This event is a hike only. If you can't make it, on July 3rd we'll repeat this hike, but with a potluck social beforehand.

Please bring (apart from the obvious, like water):

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. 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 pm?) to whenever we get back (probably between 10–11 pm).

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 clear.

AFTERWARDS we'll go home. It's probably too late to do anything else.

MEET for carpool at:

Las Cruces: 6:15 pm, K-Mart parking lot on North Main/US 70 and Del Rey, near Shell. See map (OpenStreetMap (http://www.openstreetmap.org/?mlat=32.35083&mlon=-106.76538&zoom=17&layers=M) or Google Maps (http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&source=s_q&hl=en&geocode=&q=32.35083,-106.76538&aq=&sll=32.2563,-106.7&sspn=0.015497,0.018582&ie=UTF8&ll=32.351135,-106.768591&spn=0.00774,0.01502&t=h&z=17)). El Paso: 5:30 pm, Walmart at Transmountain/US 54 at the west-most parking lot towards US 54. See map (Google Maps (http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&source=s_q&hl=en&geocode=&q=31.897292,+-106.439618&aq=&sll=31.897353,-106.435947&sspn=0.001806,0.001269&ie=UTF8&t=h&z=16)). Note: your organizer is not meeting here, please self-organize! White Sands visitor center: 7:20 pm. 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: 7:40 pm. Please meet at the Alkali Flat trailhead register. MORE information:

GPS track (http://www.gpsies.com/map.do?fileId=stufjjeefthtmihc)