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Indian Wells Trail, NM

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Distance Round Trip 1 mile
Trailhead Elevation 4,786 feet
Elevation Gain 150 feet
Accumulated Gain 250 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 1 hour
Kokopelli Seeds 2.25
Backpack No
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Author imike
author avatar Guides 253
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Photos 6,930
Trips 2,467 map ( 21,513 miles )
Age 69 Male Gender
Location Cloudcroft, NM
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To Space and Beyond...
by imike

If you're visiting Alamogordo, you will likely take some time to visit the Space Museum... it is a nice diversion. While there, off the back of the parking lot is a well developed hiking trail that winds up and down and around through the desert scrub, arriving within half a mile up at a nice overlook with a graphic display that talks about the mortar holes located in the surrounding washes that are the basis for the name of the trail: they were called Indian Wells by the early locals. The trail also includes some name tagged flora along it's well demarked route.

Once at the signed highpoint,the official end of the trail, the path obviously continues on to the north and east, though not so well maintained. It winds up and down and around the washes below the towering ridgeline to the north. If you are really good at route finding, you can follow this faint trail all the way over to connect with Mineral Springs trail along it's old jeep route section. If you are not so good, you will find yourself wandering in the low, sticky cacti and mesquite scrub. A good approach to reconnect with the lost trail is to walk ahead 20-30 feet, remaining aware of your last point, then turn and walk a circle oriented around that point. You will likely recut the lost trail, and if not, you will cut back into the trail where you left it walking in. You may expand this looping search out to 100 feet if you feel confident about your orientation to your pivot point. If all else fails, simply walk down one of the many washes; they all terminate back down on Scenic Drive near Indian Wells Road.

Note: parking lot for the Space Museum is maintained with hours currently 8am to 6pm

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2010-09-26 imike
    WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.

    Most recent Triplog Reviews
    Indian Wells Trail
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    Nice bunch of hikers signed up for this easier outing... true Beginners Hike on a real trail.

    I notice that my Descriptions "To Do" list is getting close to 100... Guess I'll plan for x2 per week in 2016? 2017 I plan to hike all of the area routes, starting on the north end of town... working my way south... x5 days weekly, x2 routes each day? Summer I may shift up to the top of the mountain. There are probably 100 additional hikes to document up there... maybe more. Once I get all the hikes on to HAZ I need to develop a dedicated local format... Hardcopy and GPS oriented. Lots to do!
    Indian Wells Trail
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    First day of August's month of GPS tracking...

    Rain and very low cloud cover (within 500' elevation gain hey were below me!)... dead air and muggy. But, all in all a very nice morning. In addition to the trails I planned to cover, I added one new route and another set on the other end of town.

    Secondary goal each day is to hit somewhere around the 4,000'AEG mark... so, do the various tracking hikes then hit the "A" trail for elevation lap to round out that part of the day.

    Or... go hit a route I need a GPS track on; that's what I did today: Alamo Point... Cave Canyon. Pleasant surprise to find a real Trailhead sign down in Alamo Canyon; About time!!

    Home: downloaded GPS Tracks... got them edited on my Map. downloaded 150 pictures; edited and organized with an additional organizational twist that may make it easier to load them to HAZ and Google+ (...Picasa not syncing with Google+ lately...?)

    Have not made it to the odds and ends: Map link edits, Map ridge route edits... Map cropping?

    Also: I need to load pics to HAZ; I'll do that right after I submit a new trail description...

    Then, there is the task of getting the GPS routes on to the HAZ site... nice if I could just finish the Map and send it over all at once!

    One day down... 30 to go?
    Indian Wells Trail
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    just Terri and one other hiker for the Friday outing, so we got to add in some exploratory and an additional loop... then, up the "A"... and some trail work. I may have the bottom 1.3 miles finished by the end of next week! Then, move the tools to the peak and work my way back down the top couple of miles!

    Bunch of high school students training on the trail? Odd.

    I guess this end the first week of February... and I should have checked on my AEG more carefully... think I may be a bit low... slightly off target for the week. Maybe I'll revise my goal for the month and make each week progressive? Might be more fun... so, next week: 5K per day?
    Indian Wells Trail
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    Interesting to discover this pleasant ramble right here on the edge of town... the official trail leaves a bit to be desired, but approaching from the off trail wash, and finishing up with the winding drainage crossings to Mineral Springs trail... makes for a nice couple of hours...

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    Map Drive
    Paved - Car Okay

    To hike
    From the main drag in Alamogordo (White Sands blvd) take Indian Wells Road east to it's end at Scenic Drive. Turn left on Scenic and then right onto road 2001, the entrance to the Space Museum. Drive through the gate and on to the highest point of the Museum parking lot. Look for the trail to the east of the parking.
    page created by imike on Sep 26 2010 11:52 am
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