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Alamo Point, NM

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Difficulty 3 of 5
Route Finding 2 of 5
Distance Round Trip 1.24 miles
Trailhead Elevation 4,795 feet
Elevation Gain 495 feet
Accumulated Gain 510 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 1 hour
Kokopelli Seeds 3.79
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1  2014-11-20
Picnic Canyons
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32  2014-11-20
Picnic Canyons
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50  2014-08-14
Roundup Cliffs
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Preferred   Mar, Nov, Oct, Apr → Any
Seasons   ALL
Sun  6:33am - 5:03pm
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Cave Canyon
Cave Canyon
0.2 mi away
1.5 mi
1,050 ft
Alamo Canyon Trail #104
Alamo Canyon Trail #104
0.2 mi away
7.0 mi
2,432 ft
Pock Rock Canyon
Pock Rock Canyon
0.2 mi away
1.9 mi
1,200 ft
Purgatory Canyon
Purgatory Canyon
0.2 mi away
4.9 mi
1,900 ft
Hershberger Canyon
0.2 mi away
5.0 mi
2,600 ft
Black Rock Canyon
0.2 mi away
4.7 mi
2,300 ft
Alamogordo Trailheads
0.2 mi away
8.0 mi
450 ft
Broken Buttress Breaks
Broken Buttress Breaks
0.3 mi away
1.0 mi
912 ft
Deadman Canyon: North Fork
0.3 mi away
5.0 mi
1,900 ft
Caballero Canyon North
0.3 mi away
7.0 mi
2,740 ft
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Short... Easy? No!
by imike

Likely In-Season!
While not close to being one of the more impressive high points along the frontal range east of Alamogordo, this mini-peak does have one thing most of the other rises lacks: a trail leading to it!


It also has a convenient parking area with quick access. You do not have to go very far to connect with what may be one of the better short training routes in the city.

This high point lies on the north side of the mouth of Alamo Canyon, overlooking the city and surrounding area with a 360 degree view.

The initial 0.24 miles along T104 (Alamo Canyon Trail) is nearly flat; you will hardly notice any difficulty save for the too many loose rocks of this always un-maintained trail. Then, you reach the western cut of Cave Canyon… and turn left through the brush to discover a real trail!

Here the workout begins: For the next .26 miles you will climb averaging over 1,000’ per mile. You will swear this section has to be twice as long as that walk along T104!

The trail leads up to a Saddle between Pock Rock Canyon and Cave Canyon, then angles to the west up the ridge to Alamo Point. This last leg climbs more gently, gaining around 65 feet over that final 0.12 miles of trail.

Depending on how you play around on the Saddle, you will cover 1.24 miles and 510 feet before you complete this short training loop back to your car.

While it is fun to hike the bedrock bottom of Cave Canyon, this newly revitalized trail route offers a faster alternative for hiking up to the Cave and beyond. Combined with Ross’s Cut it provides a great looping option when hiking the south cut of Pock Rock Canyon.

The entry to the trail up Cave Canyon remains hidden at this time… to discourage the abuse so typical to the first miles of the Alamo Canyon area. Take the time to find this exceptional route and enjoy the great settings and training potentials!

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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    From the far south end of Scenic Drive in Alamogordo, take Alamo Canyon Road (around the east side of the city water tank)to it's far eastern end, at the City Water Works. The loop begins here, along T104 (Alamo Canyon Trail). Walk .24 miles, looking for the Cave Canyon Cut on your left... and the trail hiding behind the shrubs!
    page created by imike on Mar 30 2014 9:36 am
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