Is It Worth the Effort?
For years this interesting looking peak, straddling the ridge between Alamo Canyon and Caballero Canyon, stood out as an inviting destination. It's just so cute! Unfortunately, there was no decent approach from the Alamogordo side of the mountains. More often it was topped at the end of some long day wherein the hikers chose to end the day coming down the Aqueduct Ridge trail, with the not so pleasant Via Ferrata over the cliffs.
Hugging that 12" pipe can be a "less than" experience at the end of a long day.
Now, all that has changed. There is a nice path leading up from the Canyon bottom. Pyramid Peak can easily be approached and/or included in some very interesting connecting loops. The Pipe Springs Spur Trail makes all the difference!
It is always nice to score a peak, and this one does not disappoint. It has a 360 degree view, overlooking all of the Alamo Canyon and Caballero Canyon range, including good perspectives on The Mesa, Hershberger Peak, Purgatory Ridge, Purgatory Cliffs, Roundup Grounds, Roundup Cliffs....and more!
A great hike is to approach the Spur Trail along the Roundup Cliffs route... they begin and end at nearly the same spot down in Alamo Canyon. Return down the Spur trail and complete the loop descending Alamo Canyon Trail (t104), or if you need a bit more of a hit, loop over the Roundup Grounds Trail (t107). Again, the upper trailhead is right across the canyon bottom from the Spur Trail.
You can even take the time to experience the ride down the pipeline. Everyone should enjoy that at least once!
So, no longer just a high point in passing... this peak is available.
Note: your mileage and elevation gains will be determined by which route you choose to access the Peak.
This hike is listed as One-Way.
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