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The Maze, NM

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Difficulty 2.5 of 5
Route Finding 3 of 5
Distance Multi-Loop 2 miles
Trailhead Elevation 4,507 feet
Elevation Gain 300 feet
Accumulated Gain 500 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 2 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 4.5
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50  2010-10-09
Beeman Ridge
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Preferred   Mar, Nov, Feb, Oct → Any
Seasons   Early Autumn to Late Spring
Sun  6:56am - 4:57pm
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Garden Wall
Garden Wall
0.3 mi away
4.0 mi
1,250 ft
Beeman Canyon, North Fork
0.4 mi away
6.5 mi
2,500 ft
Horse Ridge
Horse Ridge
0.4 mi away
6.5 mi
2,750 ft
Beeman Canyon
Beeman Canyon
0.5 mi away
5.5 mi
2,580 ft
Beeman Ridge
0.5 mi away
6.0 mi
3,300 ft
Indian Wells Trail
Indian Wells Trail
1.2 mi away
1.0 mi
250 ft
Indian Wells Trail via Indian Wells Wash
1.3 mi away
4.5 mi
550 ft
Mineral Springs Trail #5579
Mineral Springs Trail #5579
1.3 mi away
2.3 mi
1,550 ft
Lost Trail - Lincoln NF
Lost Trail - Lincoln NF
1.3 mi away
3.5 mi
2,100 ft
Mineral Springs Canyon North
Mineral Springs Canyon North
1.3 mi away
3.9 mi
2,600 ft
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Loop da Loop
by imike

Another set of looping and intersecting trail systems, really old jeep and ATV double track, that zings off and away from Scenic Drive, cresting hills, zooping along drainages. This is best viewed on the satellite setting to get a general idea of the potentials, then just go and challenge your riding skills, or enjoy a challenging trail run... or, just walk your dog. You can pull in and park in the flats surrounded by the scrub just off the paved road. The trails drift north over to the large church, and if you get on the right track, wind nicely up and over the low hills below the Garden Wall (the low rock precipice that runs along the foothills below Beeman Ridge).

If you are driving north on Scenic drive, look for the curb cut driveway just past the Coffee House... that is one of the nicer pull offs... opens into a clearing within 30 yards.


This is also a potential parking area if you are hiking Beeman Ridge... allowing for a more off trail approach directly up the hill.

Expect the occasional ATV... and rarely, mountain bikers. It takes a bit of skill to ride some of the steeper portions in the Maze, but it is worth a try. Great place to get some hard efforts in right here in town.

This is a nice set of trails to add to the varied old tracks off of the east end of Indian Wells Road... nicely connected by Scenic Drive. Do them both and you'll have an interesting variety with some substantial accumulated mileage.

You can also connect to an old Jeep road running behind the church that will carry you to the jeep track leading into Beeman Canyon. That track runs up and into the canyon for over a mile, terminating at what appears to be an old mine works. Hard ride up and in, but not too bad coming back out: all down hill.

If you need more mileage, just continue ever further north around past Beeman Canyon!

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.

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    In Alamogordo, from the main drag (White Sands blvd) take any of the major roads east (1st.. 10th... Indian Wells) to Scenic Drive... then north on Scenic Drive until you pass the Plateau Coffee House. Pull into the scrub on your right at the first curb cut available with an obvious dirt track leading away and up the hill. Park in the opening about 30 yds off of Scenic Drive
    page created by imike on Oct 18 2010 6:12 pm
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