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Beeman Ridge, NM

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Difficulty 4 of 5
Route Finding 2 of 5
Distance One Way 6 miles
Trailhead Elevation 4,546 feet
Elevation Gain 3,000 feet
Accumulated Gain 3,300 feet
Avg Time One Way 5 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 17
Interest Off-Trail Hiking, Seasonal Waterfall, Seasonal Creek & Peak
Backpack Possible - Not Popular
Photos Viewed All Mine Following
28  2017-01-03
Basin North Wash
14  2014-08-17 imike
57  2014-08-02
Winter Peak
7  2014-07-22
Mineral Springs Canyon North
50  2010-10-09 imike
Author imike
author avatar Guides 253
Routes 0
Photos 6,930
Trips 2,467 map ( 21,513 miles )
Age 71 Male Gender
Location Cloudcroft, NM
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Preferred   May, Sep, Oct, Aug → Early
Seasons   Late Autumn to Early Spring
Sun  5:13am - 7:07pm
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Are We There Yet!!
by imike

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Beeman Ridge is the very long frontal ridge overshadowing Alamogordo from the far north end of town, running all the way over to Hershberger Peak. The six mile designation listed here stops a bit short, ending at Ortega Peak. In fact, if you plan to do an out and back hike, you may want to stop at Winter Peak, the high point used by the paragliders. To go beyond Winter Peak you have to downclimb the cliff area and lose elevation before you ascend back up to Ortega Peak. Ortega is a logical destination only because it is the connecting point for a "real" trail back down to the valley floor. You could also drop off the ridge before reaching Ortega, connecting with Lost Trail.

The biggest decision to make is just how to complete the day. If you go all the way to Ortega, off trail, then you may be looking forward to a nice on trail hike back. If you do this loop instead of out and back, I'd suggest parking your car at the trailhead for "A", the Ortega Peak trail, walk over to Beeman along the city streets early in the morning (4 miles) and enjoy having your car ready and waiting for you at the end of the trail. Ortega down to the base is around 3 miles, so this loop will have you vesting in 13-14 miles for the day, half of that entirely off trail with substantial elevation gain.

In addition to great exercise, this hike is all about distant vistas. You will have an ever increasing overview of the Tularosa Basin, including the White Sands National Monument. Obviously, you will have city views unless you hike up the Beeman Canyon side of the hill (this ridge forms the southern side of Beeman Canyon). Once higher, Sierra Blanca will come into view with far vistas to the north.

An additional interesting option for a shuttle is to get up early and throw your bike in the car... drive up to Dry Canyon off of Hiway 82. Park at the Base of the hill below Winter Peak (or if you love 4 wheeling, park up at Winter Peak!)... then coast your bike back into town, leaving the car waiting up on top.

There is no technical challenge to this hike, but it is demanding, both in length, elevation and terrain. Everyone in your party should be in good shape; there is no easy shortcut exit. If you are going all the way over to Ortega Peak, pick your descent down off of Winter Peak carefully. On the far south end it is cliffed out. You may want to drop off the upper ridge early and walk around under the base of the cliffs.

All in all, this is a great, full day's outing.


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2010-10-09 imike

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    This hike is listed as One-Way.

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    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.

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    The designated Trailhead coordinates are simply the area off of Scenic Drive close to Beeman Canyon. In fact you need to plan where you are going to park based on your return route. If you are doing an out and back, parking along Scenic on that north end makes sense. If you are looping down off of Ortega peak, consider parking back over there and walking or shuttling to the start. Scenic Drive is reached by taking 1st or 10th street east from White Sands Blvd (the main drag through Alamogordo). When Scenic begins to curve back to the west is where you want to look for a place to park. There are old jeep tracks that lead over to Beeman Canyon; you can get closer by following one of those washed out ruts... otherwise, just walk cross country towards the obvious ridge.
    page created by imike on Oct 09 2010 5:51 am
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