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Pipeline Road - Alamogordo, NM

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Difficulty 1.5 of 5
Route Finding 2 of 5
Distance One Way 7 miles
Trailhead Elevation 4,613 feet
Elevation Gain 200 feet
Accumulated Gain 220 feet
Avg Time One Way 2 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 7.73
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Author imike
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Trips 2,467 map ( 21,513 miles )
Age 69 Male Gender
Location Cloudcroft, NM
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It's a Handy Connection...
by imike

All of the great hikes in the Alamogordo area orient from the east side of town.

Folks tend to drive over and park at four or five key intersections that allow for easy access to the trails and routes.

Connecting all of those points: Pipeline Road.

This broken route is the path left from the excavation of the trench for the city's main waterline to all of the water tanks positioned above the town. It begins on the far south at the Alamo Canyon Trailhead (T104)... running from Alamo Canyon Road north along the base of the foothills.

At times it is an obvious wide roadbed...

At times it seems to disappear...

For most of the distance it is on National Forest land...

It is just an alley behind a housing development for some of the miles...

Towards its far north end it is buried under a road (Scenic Drive)... but that makes for very easy walking; there's a sidewalk!

It's final stretch can be found running north starting behind the Community Church on Scenic Drive...

It terminates at the Water tank near Beeman Canyon.

Starting on the south end it provides access (to name just a few) to Prominent Point, Dome Rock, Quiet Canyon, Goat Springs Trail, Marble Canyon, "A" Trail, Terri's Cut, Ortega Canyons, Lost Trail Canyons, Mineral Springs Canyons, Indian Wells, The Garden Wall, Beeman Canyons... and if you add in a bit of old roadbed on the north, it carries you all the way around to Dry Canyon.

Typical interim connections: Foothills Mountain Park, 10th Street Firestation, Thunder Road, Indian Wells at Scenic Drive, The Community Church on Scenic...

The entire length makes for a nice in town mountain bike route...

If you like to add some extra miles on to any of the local hikes, enjoy the easy walking Pipeline Road!

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2013-12-24 imike

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    Most recent of 42 deeper Triplog Reviews
    Pipeline Road - Alamogordo
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    met up with Marty for this easier looping canyon/ridge combo. Added on a lower entry point to the canyon that proved to be a great lower section. Perfect weather complimented this exceptional drainage. I'd forgotten how nice this canyon is... and with the lower Spur trail exit it really comes together to make a great looping hike. The Jumble still poses challenges and limits the range for Beginners, but everyone else can enjoy the route. Really nice!
    Pipeline Road - Alamogordo
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    Fourth month of the progressive canyon series was less progressive yet still very appreciated. last minute changes yielded seven hikers for this bit of up down/in out... and the shorter day seemed well enjoyed by everyone. Lisa will hopefully come again... and next time bring along more than a pint of water in a waist pack with no food! I gave her three qts of energy drink to carry her day; she did great! I was in the final stages (I hope!) of my first head cold since 1994... a bit dingy with the low grade fever... but it was a much easier day... on mileage and elevation... and no demanding climbs.

    A good day.

    Next month... back to harder!
    Pipeline Road - Alamogordo
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    trash pickup day... and unfortunately as we climbed out of the Slot... found a red arrow pointing to the hidden entrance! Likely the same idiots who junked up the canyon! So... back up via the trail to do something about that defacing? The owners of the canyon closed it down some years ago because of the mess made by groups; it could happen again? I hauled out a load today...

    pics over on google+ ... 1547215521
    Pipeline Road - Alamogordo
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    Big midweek turnout for the meetup hike, with a new hiker, so we altered the route... did a selection of ins and out and ups and downs... then, split the group and did a nice exploratory up Lost Trail Canyon N1. It was nice... and, we finally scored a Crinoid that included more than just the trunk section. Been looking for that.

    On top of the project work blended into the last months of the year... just got Jury Duty!! here it is for 90 days!!! I'm on till the end of the year. I'm not certain when I can increase the hiking to get back to a training level... may be after the first of the year??
    Pipeline Road - Alamogordo
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    First loop with Alena... drove over from El paso. Big emphasis on fossils today.

    Second loop with Rebecca and her one year old son... Will and his six year old... Lynda, John, Kathryn.

    12 hours door to door for me... so odd... in the summer I was frustrated to not hit 12,000' with that many hours (...16 hours!) and now I log only 3,000'!!

    Terri back tomorrow... start in on real training? The knee seems to be good, but until I stress it with some serious mileage, I will not really know.
    Pipeline Road - Alamogordo
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    Ross and Will along for this mid canyon exploratory. Turns out this section houses the most impressive water fall feature in the Alamo area, and right now it even has water! Upper pools can be heard streaming water between the three pools... then, there are a variety of additional pools at various levels along the length of the bedrock falls. Impressive.

    We did a steep exit, and hiked over to check out both The Cascades and lower Pock Rock...

    nice day
    Pipeline Road - Alamogordo
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    Will and Ross out for exercise... we redirected our efforts up into the Lost Trail drainage... rains making the pooling in Ortega Canyons too much? We closed out up to Lost Trail using a north spur... lead up to a very nice dryfall formation with interesting strata... descended Lost Trail... then around on the road/trails.
    Pipeline Road - Alamogordo
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    socked in... blind hiking. Odd, I picked this route to give us views and overviews of the surrounding areas; no way today! So, we walked John around and down into El Gordo, then we checked possible trail routes around the cliff tops. It finally cleared out as we finished our day... oh, well.

    Ross and John... Alena a no show today.
    Pipeline Road - Alamogordo
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    El Gordo
    Met Ross early for hike up to The Cave... opted for some route finding up and to the Slot first. Wow... it turned out to be exceptional, and too challenging for us to climb on our own. I'll come back with Kim to get up into the next level, or I'll carry in a climbing pole.

    The Cave turns out to be nice, but not a feature we will need to protect. It is hard enough to get up and in to discourage most folks... and the drama is all out in the entry and first 100 feet. It deadends soon after on the main branch... and climbing up to the side branch 40-60 feet to the back of the upper shelf... all crawling. Lots of crystal structure, but no huge drama.

    It is a great intermediate level hike destination.

    Looks like Cabrito Canyon may make a nice exit loop... if some issues can be resolved on the route along the Cliff bases.

    Need to haul out a ton of trash... someone was living up in under one of the cliff overhangs for awhile.

    A good day, and finished just as the floods begin!
    Pipeline Road - Alamogordo
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    Aleana drove over from El Paso... her first time to hike here. Emphasis on photos for her, and looking for more difficult hikes. So, did a sampler loop. She will be back for more.

    Displaced my training day; I need to get back on schedule with that!

    Heading back up to explore the Cave on Friday; see if there is more to it than initially appears...

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    Paved - Car Okay

    To hike
    Access this route at any point along the eastern edge of Alamogordo... it runs the entire length of the city. Foothills Park at the east end of 1st Street... the Firestation at the east end of 10th street... Thunder Road at the city water tank... intersection of Scenic and Indian Wells Road... or behind the Community Church on Scenic.
    page created by imike on Dec 24 2013 2:48 pm
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