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White Sands National Monument: Off Trail - 2 members in 13 triplogs have rated this an average 4.5 ( 1 to 5 best )
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Nov 27 2017
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61 male
 Joined Nov 29 2009
 Gilbert, AZ
White Sands National Monument: Off TrailSoutheast, NM
Southeast, NM
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JohnnieTriplogs 48
Hiking 150 AEG
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I forgot to post this trip, so here it is. I went out to New Mexico Thanks giving last and got a backcountry camping permit in White Sands National Monument. Very nice way to see the Monument instead of driving around on the roads. I went to enjoy some back country solitude and also to photograph the dunes. You really need to get off trail to do this so you can get away from the footprints. I had no plan on how to photograph them so i figured it out as I went. I hope you enjoy a few of the photos that made me happy anyway.
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Jan 18 2014
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72 male
 Joined Nov 05 2008
 Cloudcroft, NM
White Sands National Monument: Off TrailSoutheast, NM
Southeast, NM
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imikeTriplogs 2,467
Hiking15.40 Miles 1,550 AEG
Hiking15.40 Miles   7 Hrs   30 Mns   2.68 mph
1,550 ft AEG   1 Hour   45 Mns Break
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nice steady pace around and across the dunes... most of the down time was shooting pics! Sand textures interesting, as usual. Cold clear morning... late start with Winter gate opening at 9am, but fine for our mileage... finished before sunset. Three other hikers out for their first off trail dunes ramble... very nice day!

Full Picture set over on Google+...
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Sep 19 2013
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43 male
 Joined Sep 08 2006
 Marana, AZ
White Sands National Monument: Off TrailSoutheast, NM
Southeast, NM
Hiking avatar Sep 19 2013
Jim_HTriplogs 2,005
Hiking2.00 Miles 150 AEG
Hiking2.00 Miles   2 Hrs      1.00 mph
150 ft AEG
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Parked at the picnic area and went north a way. Stats feel about right. Watched a thunderstorm, and enjoyed the late afternoon.
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[ checklist ] White Sands National Monument
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Jan 23 2013
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43 male
 Joined Sep 08 2006
 Marana, AZ
White Sands National Monument: Off TrailSoutheast, NM
Southeast, NM
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Jim_HTriplogs 2,005
Hiking6.00 Miles 400 AEG
Hiking6.00 Miles   4 Hrs      1.50 mph
400 ft AEG
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I may have done far more elevation, but the mileage seems about right. By far, the best thing about this area is White Sands. The Organs are accessible, but are over in Las Cruces, Sierra Blanca is visible, but 2 hours away by car, and the local mountains outside of town are boring all the time and really mediocre hikes compared to stuff in places like Tucson. The sands are the premiere destination of the area. Where else can you enjoy the views of the local mountains and walk barefoot on white sand? Don't know how long I'll be here, but I have to get out here at least monthly, maybe weekly.
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Jan 17 2013
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43 male
 Joined Sep 08 2006
 Marana, AZ
White Sands National Monument: Off TrailSoutheast, NM
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Jim_HTriplogs 2,005
Hiking6.00 Miles 150 AEG
Hiking6.00 Miles   3 Hrs      2.00 mph
150 ft AEG
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Another great day on the dunes.
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Jan 17 2013
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72 male
 Joined Nov 05 2008
 Cloudcroft, NM
White Sands National Monument: Off TrailSoutheast, NM
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imikeTriplogs 2,467
Hiking7.00 Miles 550 AEG
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Nice outing!
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Jan 13 2013
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43 male
 Joined Sep 08 2006
 Marana, AZ
White Sands National Monument: Off TrailSoutheast, NM
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Jim_HTriplogs 2,005
Hiking6.00 Miles 150 AEG
Hiking6.00 Miles   4 Hrs      1.85 mph
150 ft AEG      45 Mns Break
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I don't know how far we went, or how long it took, or what the AEG was, but it was a refreshing change of pace, a beautiful hike, and a fun afternoon. I have been going through withdrawal from the bright sun and white snow on a blue bird day as I have experienced over the last 5 years in Arizona, but today gave me what I was looking for. Even got in some true barefoot hiking. Only put my minimal shoes back on after my fee went numb due to cold.
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[ checklist ] Sand Dune
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Jan 13 2013
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72 male
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 Cloudcroft, NM
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imikeTriplogs 2,467
Hiking6.00 Miles 150 AEG
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Oct 30 2012
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72 male
 Joined Nov 05 2008
 Cloudcroft, NM
White Sands National Monument: Off TrailSoutheast, NM
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Hiking19.00 Miles 1,600 AEG
Hiking19.00 Miles   8 Hrs      2.96 mph
1,600 ft AEG   1 Hour   35 Mns Break
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Jan 29 2011
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72 male
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 Cloudcroft, NM
White Sands National Monument: Off TrailSoutheast, NM
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imikeTriplogs 2,467
Hiking7.30 Miles 150 AEG
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Susan visiting... out for a sand trek!
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Jan 03 2011
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 Joined Mar 31 2002
 Chandler, AZ
White Sands National Monument: Off TrailSoutheast, NM
Southeast, NM
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desertgirlTriplogs 442
Hiking3.00 Miles 400 AEG
Hiking3.00 Miles   2 Hrs      1.50 mph
400 ft AEG
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Photo amble in the dunes at about the 4 mile mark on the road. Plan was to hike ALkali flats trail but the windstorm the day before had the roads closed :(. Did some sledding,photos and walking ...had a great time on foot print free dunes :y:
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Dec 21 2010
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72 male
 Joined Nov 05 2008
 Cloudcroft, NM
White Sands National Monument: Off TrailSoutheast, NM
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Hiking6.00 Miles 300 AEG
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Feb 22 2010
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72 male
 Joined Nov 05 2008
 Cloudcroft, NM
White Sands National Monument: Off TrailSoutheast, NM
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Hiking6.00 Miles 480 AEG
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I was hoping to take advantage of the overcast and light rain to capture some nice lighting for viewing the textures out in the dunes... but, the sun broke through just about as soon as I exited the car, and the nice browns all bleached to white. Still, it is always a treat to head out cross dunes. The hike was uneventful until the winds increased from their interesting 10-15 mph, to 25-30mph... and the area turned all fuzzy around the edges. The dunes were alive and shifting. Next, the nice views of the surrounding mountains blurred out, and the walking became something of a challenge. It was easiest to move head down directly into the wind, which was fine until it was time to turn around and head back towards the truck... then, the wind decided to step it up a notch... 40mph winds blasting gypsum sand into a flurry that put me into a white blizzard. Visibility was down to quarter mile... then 100 yards. I could barely walk on a traverse to the wind... it was catching my pack and spinning me. Oddly enough, this was the first time I'd ever taken a GPS out with me into the Dunes. I was not using it for routing, but it was nice to know that I had it in case the sand storm continued. It didn't.

I cut off across the dunes to intersect the Alkali Flat trail, just to make it simple to return to the truck, and it was interesting to note that once on the trail, all the footprints, even from the hikers out today, were all gone, washed away in just that short hour of high winds. Normally, I don't like to hike that trail because of all the prints in the sand. Not a problem today. A virgin desert reborn.
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[ checklist ] Sand Dune
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average hiking speed 1.99 mph

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