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Alamo Peak Observatory... Off Trail!! (Reloaded)

The idea is to route completely off trail from Alamogordo up to the Peak... over 5,000' of climbing and over 20 miles for the loop. Additionally, we have only plotted the hike up to West Side Road... from there on we will be wandering around, hoping for an access to the ridge north of the Observatory... The section through the old mining site will be nice; from there on who knows?

We will likely return down T109 (Alamo Peak Trail) then hit T104 (Alamo Canyon Trail)...

All of this is contingent on decent weather... we will do an alternative ridge hike if the weather is all wrong.

This is an extreme hike. A hike for hikers who can move at a pretty fast pace and keep it steady and last long; hikers with good knees, strong legs, long endurance capabilities, plenty of hard hiking experiences; and whatever else a hike like this is required, you name it.

A hiker with all the above qualities, plus a tinge of psychological self-abusive, might enjoy this hike.

Note: we checked out the off trail route (rough!) so we will stay on trail to the Observatory on this day instead... plus add some fun extra loops. Mileage could range up to 30... elevation gain might hit 7,000'! Early start to give us a chance to finish before dark (or soon thereafter!)

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  • Timmy

    Yubao we all know the real reason you keep driving over to Alamogordo is simply because it's all better then your crappy Organ Mountains...hahaha...Had a great time seeing new places. Glad the weather channel was wrong about the arrival time of the storm front...was a great day for a longer hike.

    December 10, 2012

    • Yubao

      Timmy dear, you knew that I cannot say anything bad about the Franklins, simply because I have so many great hiking buddies from El Paso. Hey dude, you got it easy this time. But read my lips, I did not say you are going to get away with this…

      December 10, 2012

    • Timmy

      Haha yubao I don't brag about the franklins because they get boring. Just like the organs.

      December 10, 2012

  • Yubao

    Nice hike. There are reasons I keep on driving to Alamogordo for a hike.

    December 9, 2012

  • michal

    interesting day on the mountain! 26 miles and over 7,000' of climbing (and descending!) We logged a new peak (Stark) and added some hyper steep off trail... could of done more but I was a bit off... still, very nice outing. Alamo Canyon was really nice late in the day.

    December 9, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Have fun guys, I'll wave at you from Baylor Peak if I summit.

    December 8, 2012

  • michal

    weather forecast is for 21 to 25 degree low in Alamo Sunday morning... and a slight chance of rain. We could be hiking up towards temps 20 degrees lower? Plan accordingly! We can hike the upper trails in the rain... not a great deal of fun, but doable. The real problem area will be the muddy section below West Side Rd... the right shoes may make a huge difference! We will play it by ear, but I plan to hike whether it rains or not, I might just slow the pace down a bit.... or not.

    December 5, 2012

    • Yubao

      I will be there 6:00am.

      December 5, 2012

  • michal

    We checked out the off trail route... interesting, but very off trail! We might hit the Observatory via the official trails, then add on an extra hit up Pipeline Trail (t110) and down T111... for more elevation gain and a bit of extra mileage! That would put this day over 6,000' of climbing! Need good weather or we have to substitute a lower elevation ridge hike... if there is snow on top and clear weather we will still do the Observatory...

    November 27, 2012

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