Red Dot Trail

White Rock, New Mexico

Elevation Gain1,153ft
Trailhead Elevation6,337ft
Elevation Min/Max5428/6337ft
Elevation Start/End6337/6337ft

Red Dot Trail

Red Dot Trail is a hiking trail in White Rock, New Mexico. It is 1.1 miles long and begins at 6,337 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 2.2 miles with a total elevation gain of 1,153 feet.

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100 Hikes in New Mexico (The Mountaineers Books)
Craig Martin
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"The Rio Grande carved White Rock Canyon through thick lava flows emanating from the volcanoes of the Cerros del Rio volcanic fi eld to the east. Two spectacular trails, unimaginatively named for the color of painted circles that mark the routes, lead into the canyon. The trails are stairstep affairs, descending successive blocks of lava that slumped from the cliffs as the Rio Grande wore its way down through the rocks. These are ancient trails that were used by Ancestral Pueblo people to travel from villages on the mesas to agricultural fields within the canyon."

Red Dot Trail Trip Reports

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Wonderful trail! Well-maintained and easy to follow. Varied terrain makes longer hike interesting. Splendid in the fall. Time on the mesa is well worth it.
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Wonderful trail. Started at the west end of the Maloya Lake dam. Hiked early in the morning, saw deer, wild turkey and very fresh bear tracks, all before reaching the pass on Opportunity Trail. Lots of variety in wild flowers. The side hike climb to the Mesa is very short, although steep, but well worth the effort. I found the description of the hike in the trail guide to be very accurate. At 5.3 miles from the start, I reached the lake at the bridge that crosses Segerstrom Creek. Instead of following the 0.8 mile trail to the dam, I decided to hike around the north end of the lake. The Maloya Lake trail travels north on the west side of the lake to the Lake Dorothey area that is actually in Colorado. Hiked over to Lake Dorothey and then followed the road back into New Mexico and back to the dam. Total hike was 9.5 miles with detour to Lake Dorothey, 5 hours.
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Had a wonderful time on this hike. I'm sure it was even prettier when the leaves were changing, but we got there after most of the leaves were already off the trees, but still was an enjoyable hike.

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White Rock
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