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Pipeline Trail #110, NM

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Difficulty 2.5 of 5
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Distance One Way 1.7 miles
Trailhead Elevation 8,961 feet
Elevation Gain -1,028 feet
Accumulated Gain 14 feet
Avg Time One Way 1.25 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 1.75
Backpack Yes & Possibly Connect
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10  2009-05-02 imike
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Age 72 Male Gender
Location Cloudcroft, NM
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Sun  5:26am - 6:49pm
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Note: Page stats are for #110 one-way segment. The description below is 4.3mi / 1050 ft / 1120 aeg.

This trail drops down from the Rim trail in the upper reaches of the Sacramento Mountains, connecting to an old access road for the Alamogordo waterworks, allowing servicing of their cast iron pipe that carries water down the mountain to the city far below. It is interesting to listen to the gurgle of the water rushing down the still active pipe that runs along the roadbed.

The first part of the trail is just a narrow path winding around the ridge and dropping down through the towering pines and Doug Fir, finally switching to the wider, more exposed jeep bed for the final half of the hike down. The upper path is oftened littered with deadfalls and is a pleasant humus forest trail. The lower portion is exposed large gravel, often creating some less than solid footing. Cattle are not uncommonly found waundering up and down this route, moving between the meadows on either end.

The trailhead for T110 lies on the far side of Atkinson Meadow. The road access and parking orient to the near east side, where you can choose from a variety of pull offs under the trees. Once parked, walk down into the meadow, and over to the obvious trail heading off into the pines on the southwest side. That trail will climb up to the juncture of T110, T111 and the Rim Trail, T105. There is a large Forest Service sign dedicating the Rim Trail and smaller signage orienting T110.

T110 terminates at the lower end into Alamo Canyon Trail, T109. There are a number of potential loops that can be combined to form a day's hiking... or complete the trek back up the hill on T110.

Note: Fire Danger often closes this forest in May and June... check before planning a springtime trip.

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2009-05-02 imike

    One-Way Notice
    This hike is listed as One-Way.

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    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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    FR / Dirt Road / Gravel - Car Okay

    To hike
    The trailhead is reached from Cloudcroft, NM by driving south from the intersection of Hiway 82 and NM 130 for 1.8 miles to NM 6563 (Sunspot Hiway) and turning right, following NM 6563 8.6 miles to FR 640, turning right and following ER 640 .8 miles to a cattleguard above Atkinson Meadow. Park anywhere along the next half mile above the meadow, and walk down into and across the meadow to it's west side, joing the obvious trail as you go. The trailhead is at the large National Recreational Trail sign just up the hill on the other side of the meadow.
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