Walk, Bike, Drive!
Alamogordo Trailheads orient at points along the Pipeline Road:
Parking at one of these seven locations will provide easy access to all of the area hikes. Using the Pipeline Road to connect various routes will make for exceptional hiking without the need to shuttle cars.
The majority of local hikes orient from the east side of town, and fortunately the city routed their water pipelines the entire length of the foothills. This Pipeline Road provides hiking continuity for looping hikes, and off pavement access to all the trails.
While the “road” is off limits to motor vehicles, it provides for fun hiking and mountain biking.
It does catch too much illegal ATV use… but, alas there are too many jurisdictions to expect enforcements. Private property, city right of ways, BLM land, county, and National Forest land intermix in a confusing blend… expect a bit of anything! Respect the area… especially the portion crossing private land.
Starting on the south end of town, at the upper east end of Alamo Canyon Road, the most popular of the Trailheads: Alamo Canyon (t104) starts our list. From this point you hike out to connect with dozens of canyon and ridge hikes… leading you all the way to the top of the mountain to Alamo Peak.
Traveling back down the paved Alamo Canyon Road, at Mile 0.45 you intersect with the Pipeline Road on the private driveway entry, Rockin Ranch. While this makes for a good traversing route when hiking various Mesa hikes, especially PockRock Canyon... do not park in this area.
Moving north, the next intersecting hike will be at Mile 0.94, the interestingly steep old jeep track up to Prominent Point. This is a great backdoor connection to upper RockaChucky Wash. ( You will note on the map that you crossed the drainage for lower RockaChucky but, that cut goes right through the backyard of a residence… if you want to hike the lower canyon it is better to walk over from the Alamo Canyon Trailhead.)
At Mile 1.22 you intersect the Dome Cut drainage, nice hike!
Mile 1.5 will have you at the entry to Quiet Canyon.
Goat Springs Canyon at Mile 1.82 offers an exceptional Scramble up to a hidden slot cut… check it out!
The Traditional Trailhead for Goat Springs Trail (t118) is at Mile 2.0... At the pedestrian bridge across the Aqueduct.
Mile 2.28: Foothills Park.
The paved over mouth of Marble Canyon is crossed at Mile 2.42...
The city Firestation on the east end of tenth street is crossed at Mile 2.65.
The “A” Trail (t119) at Mile 2.87 is a major hiking artery.
Thunder Road provides parking for many of the Basin canyon and ridge hikes… just by the city water tank at Mile 3.16.
At Mile 3.52 you will hit the fork intersection with the Fence Spur turn left into the alley to stay on track.
Mile 3.87 puts you at the Little Mineral Springs Trail (old jeep road) and the mouth of the Mineral Springs Canyons.
The Basin North Wash and the official Mineral Springs Trail (t5579) take off at Mile 4.05... At this point you can clearly see the huge pipeline you’ve been hiking over for all these miles.
The intersection of the trail over to Indian Wells Road is crossed at the mouth of Indian Wells Wash... crossed a Mile 4.15.
BacTrac Trail up to the Space Museum turns to the east at Mile 4.19.
At Mile 4.31 you reach the end of the south end of the Pipeline Road, here at NMSU the pipe is covered by paved roads until it begins again to start the north end, off Scenic behind the Christ Community Church.
Park at the entry to the Christ Community Church
The Pipeline Road begins behind/east of the Church.
The beginning of the Garden Wall trail takes off in the ditch immediately north of the last house...
At Mile .25 you will see the Beeman Ridge Spur take off through the scrub...
Mile .88 and you will be near the mouth of Beeman Canyon and the cluster of City Wells and transformers.
Mile 1.27 has you looping around the large city water tank.
Mile 1.58 has you at the end of the Pipeline Road... at Well #4... At the fork of Dry Canyon.
Get to know the major Trailheads... get to know the Pipeline Road. The combinations open up the amazing hiking opportunities that form these Alamogordo Trails!
This hike is listed as One-Way.
When hiking several trails on a single "hike", log it with a generic name that describes the hike. Then link the trails traveled, check out the example.
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.