ElevationAscent: 103' 32 m
Descent: -166' -51 m
High: 6,939' 2,115 m
Low: 6,835' 2,083 m
GradeAvg Grade: 1% (0°)
Max Grade: 4% (2°)
“A rugged and longer trail leading over incredible terrain.”— Daniel Fenton
The trail is marked with piles of stone (cairns), each visible from the next. Don’t lose site of the cairns or you might get lost. Don’t let the mileage or elevation fool you, even experienced hikers can take as many as 6 hours to complete this trail. This trail will also chew up shoes, so leave the flip-flops at home.
Hiking in groups of two or more is highly recommended as people have gotten lost and missing on this trail. Falls on the lava flows can result in cuts and severe scrapes. If you are going to bring dogs, please have paw covers of some sort.
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Land Manager: NPS - El Malpais National Monument