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Dune Life Nature Trail - 3 members in 5 triplogs have rated this an average 2.3 ( 1 to 5 best )
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Nov 18 2018
nonot
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 Guides 93
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 Joined Nov 18 2005
 Phoenix, AZ
White Sands National MonumentSoutheast, NM
Southeast, NM
Hiking avatar Nov 18 2018
nonot
Hiking8.00 Miles 500 AEG
Hiking8.00 Miles
500 ft AEG
 
1st trip
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Checked out all 5 trails. Alkali Flats was probably the best once you got away from the tourists.
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Oct 28 2018
KingLeonidas
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 Guides 4
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30 male
 Joined Oct 23 2017
 Tempe
Dune Life Nature TrailSoutheast, AZ
Southeast, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 28 2018
KingLeonidas
Hiking1.31 Miles
Hiking1.31 Miles      44 Mns   1.79 mph
5 LBS Pack
 
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1st trip
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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.

Link to Hike Video:
[ youtube video ]
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Nov 23 2012
keepmoving
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33 male
 Joined Aug 16 2006
 Portland, OR
Dune Life Nature TrailSoutheast, NM
Southeast, NM
Hiking avatar Nov 23 2012
keepmoving
Hiking1.00 Miles 130 AEG
Hiking1.00 Miles
130 ft AEG
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1st trip
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Early morning stroll through the edge of the sand dunes.
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Jan 02 2011
desertgirl
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 Joined Mar 31 2002
 Chandler, AZ
Dune Life Nature TrailSoutheast, NM
Southeast, NM
Hiking avatar Jan 02 2011
desertgirl
Hiking1.00 Miles 300 AEG
Hiking1.00 Miles      45 Mns   1.33 mph
300 ft AEG
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1st trip
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Photo amble thru this trail ...wandered up and down some ridges to get some exercise in :) Ok trail ... this is a busy trail.
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Feb 22 2010
imike
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69 male
 Joined Nov 05 2008
 Cloudcroft, NM
Dune Life Nature TrailSoutheast, NM
Southeast, NM
Hiking avatar Feb 22 2010
imike
Hiking1.00 Miles 50 AEG
Hiking1.00 Miles      35 Mns   1.71 mph
50 ft AEG
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1st trip
Partners none no partners
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.

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