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Hiked this trail with my girlfriend as part of our overnight visit to White Sands.
This hike was pretty easy as far as elevation and distance go. The only remotely challenging aspect was the difficulty of walking in sand as opposed to hard surfaces.
Navigation was not difficult either but it was somewhat unconventional. Instead of following an established trail you looked for the next marker or sign and walked towards it until you could see the next marker or sign. While we were there it was possible to follow footprints but there were many random tracks from people going off the trail. There were also numerous warnings indicating that foot prints disappear quickly if there is any wind making navigation by footprint an unreliable method.
The weather was pleasant but hot in late October around noon. The stark white gypsum sand reflects sunlight as efficiently as snow so sun protection is required if you are hiking for any length of time.
This trail was distinctive in that it shows the varieties of plant and animal life that have adapted to survive in the dunes. The route is intended to be hiked in the clockwise direction if you are planning to read the informational plaques.
This is a good hike to introduce you to what White Sands has to offer.
took the fast tour around the informative loop... nice little trip. This portion of the dunes is one the transitional edge of the pure sand dunes, and includes meadows and nice views of the surrounding mountain ranges... worth the time
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average hiking speed 1.61 mph
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.