Dog Canyon Trail 106 is a 9.9 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Alamogordo, New Mexico that features beautiful wild flowers and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from September until May. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 9.9 miles Elevation Gain: 3,559 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dogs on leash

backpacking

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nature trips

bird watching

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wild flowers

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rocky
scramble
17 days ago

Well definitely come prepared for this if you’re going to do the whole thing. If it’s May, bring a lot of water, and make sure it’s secure and doesn’t leak like mine did... walking 4 miles without water in 90+ degrees weather is not cool. The views were worth it though. Again, prep yourself. 11 miles there and back, and a lot of incline.

ohv/off road driving
1 month ago

Amazing trip

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rocky
2 months ago

Not for the faint of heart. Interesting mix of mountain and desert vegetation. When it says difficult, it means difficult!

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no shade
2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

A great hike! Gorgeous views and trail was well maintained!

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rocky
3 months ago

Challenging trail yet beautiful and rewarding for those that persevere through the 500 ascent in a half mile over a rocky terrain. Once you get to the top of the first half mile there is plenty of areas to sit and catch a breather before moving on. The trail levels off for about a quarter mile to half a mile. Then the trail continues to gain in elevation. The views are spectacular throughout the trail. The second plateau is absolutely gorgeous! You have great views of the valley as well as the ridge line about 2.5 miles into the trail. The Line Cabin is at the 3 to 3.5 mile marker. You start the decent towards the stream and into the cabin. The area is a great place to rest next to the steam. Part of stream was frozen. The trail isn’t heavily used. Maybe saw 6 people on the trail all day, I highly recommend it. Some cavets before hitting the trail. 1. Have good hiking shoes or boots 2. Be in good physical shape. You lose cell phone signal after the first half mile. The trail isn’t recommended for someone’s first hike unless you’re in good physical condition. Most guest turn back within the first quarter to half mile. 3. Carry plenty of water and snacks you will burn plenty of calories on the trail. 4. Recommend hiking sticks for balance 5. Trail is very well marked. However have a map or gps as a back up. 6. Recommend the trail in fall through winter. I would imagine the summer heat to be in the 100’s plus. There isn’t shade to rest under for the first 3 miles. 7. Take a camera, plenty of great photo opportunities 8. I would rate the trail as difficult.

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rocky
3 months ago

Hiked from top to bottom. Nice views, a lot of wildlife and plants. Get good hiking shoes because some of the inclines are hard on the feet. Take lots of snacks and water

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rocky
3 months ago

Fantastic views the whole time, allow plenty of time if you plan to do the whole thing in a day. I did it in early November and had someone meet me at the upper trailhead. The 4th mile is by far the most difficult, but the scenery is well worth it. Only saw one other hiker the whole trip. Bring water, as the creek near the 3 mile mark may or may not be flowing. Be in decent shape and you should be fine.

hiking
6 months ago

Great trail! Made it to the “Eyebrow” had to turn around due to a time constraint. Will be back to complete the trail.... beautiful views.

hiking
7 months ago

Perfect trail for those who are in good shape, 5.5 miles and 3100 feet up, parts with steep grades 25%. We were not that brave and returned halfway at Line Cabin. Very nice trail, remote area.

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rocky
10 months ago

Amazing hike in, hike out trail. With some navigation and an over night camp, you can find your way up to sunspot.

hiking
10 months ago

Great hike, but it’s not for the beginner.

Wed May 15 2019

Actual trail is 5.5 miles each way. First 1.5 miles are fairly steep then levels off. Mile 4 is the most difficult.

hiking
Tue Apr 23 2019

Absolutely fantastic hike. The scenery, wildlife and views are awesome. Did this hike in April and conditions were perfect. Please see my video of the hike here: https://youtu.be/w1vg71dmhqg

hiking
Fri Apr 19 2019

My wife and I did this as a backpacking trip this past weekend. It was amazing and intense! The trail is not too bad up to the 3 mile mark, were there is a partial stone cabin. After that the trail gets kind of crazy, very very steep and narrow around the "eyebrow" (like 6-8 inches with a sheer drop narrow). It was hard with our big packs. We camped at the top, on a wind-blown plateau just short of the official end. There is no water along the way, so we had to hike with more than normal. The ideal way to do this is probably to make camp at the 3 mile cabin, then do the rest as a day trip. Not for the faint of heart, but rewarding.

Thu Apr 18 2019

I hiked 3 miles in but ran out of daylight. I was amazed at the beauty! Can’t wait to do the entire hike!

hiking
Sun Apr 07 2019

Beautiful! Very scenic as you are surrounded by the massive canyon walls shining against the sun. Here are some tips: The trail starts a bit rough with the first half mile you will be climbing a steep wall that will take you 500 feet in elevation that will take you to the first plateau for some amazing views. This plateau is about a quarter of a mile long that will help you catch your breath. Afterwards you will start a mild descend through some mild terrain (you will find a naturally formed chair made out of rocks to rest). Then the trial will get harder and starts another climb for the second Plateau. By this time you’re close to about a mile to a mile and a quarter in the trail. The second plateau is the most beautiful! You have massive canyon walls to your right with the river canyon drop off to your left. Good area to rest and catch your breath by the large rock on the left. Then you descent to the river bed below and you will start the most challenging and perhaps the most dangerous part of this trail. As you start you ascending you will literally be climbing on the very side of the canyon wall in some of the steepest and narrowest path with little room for error. This should be around the 3.5 mile marker or as soon as you drop to the river bed and behind to climb. KNOW YOUR LIMIT! ITS ABSOLUTELY FINE TO TURN AROUND AT THIS POINT! Lots of loose rocks and dirt, watch your step carefully for some areas are narrow between a foot wide or less with a 500-1000 foot drop. Keep going forward until the trail wraps around the Canyon and you will see some beautiful naturally formed caves on your left side. The next part of the trail is not as beautiful flat rocks not much to catch your eyes on, until you reach and more forested area and you will see the 4.5 mile marker. You are less than a mile away to the finish, and you will notice the the dirt is red with plenty of wild life signs (watch your step for animal droppings) and you will start a small climb to the final top and will notice a sign saying dog canyon trail but don’t be fooled it’s not the end yet.. On the top, you will see many burnt trees (perhaps a small forests fire happened there?) and the path becomes less clear. Follow it as best as you can until you see two signs officially stating the trail. Good luck! Rest up! Bring PLENTY OF FOOD and water (I wasn’t smart and brought a bag of skittles and a slim Jim lol but had plenty of water but my energy drained quick due to lack of food and the hike back was tough)

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Mon Feb 25 2019

Long time hiker and I love this trail. Even the trail head sign informs you it is 5 1/2 mile one way so plan accordingly. Great views but if you start at the Visitor center, the last 1/2 mile of the hike is t really that great. Overall, I would definitely recommend this trail.

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Sun Feb 17 2019

Excellent long trail! Between mile 3 & 4 is the best and most exciting walk. Recommended!

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Mon Nov 26 2018

First, .5 miles was steep and rocky. Well marked, great trail. Good workout.

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Mon Nov 19 2018

One of the best trails I have walked. You start at the trailhead in Oliver State Park and you continue going up until you get to the other trailhead on Road 90, it is a bit tired but it is not difficult to walk. The steepest section begins near the mile 3, a narrow path on the side of the mountain, just walk slowly and watch your step. The trail is very well marked and you walk a total of 11 miles (not 9.9), the views of the canyon and in any direction that you look, are spectacular! A good pair of mountain shoes and walking stick will be very helpful.

Mon Oct 15 2018

Just challenging enough, the views were awesome. Lots of lose rocks that will roll out from under your feet. There was quite the elevation change in a short time, kept my breathing and heart rate up.

hiking
Tue Sep 11 2018

Poles and gloves recommended. stared out about 8, temps got to about 90, and little to no shade on the way down. suggest starting early and watch the weather for the heat. Different terrain, rocks, gravel, some climbing and navigation on large rocks. primarily understand your ability to do the different levels of difficulty. there is a stram, so a water filter will assist in a lighter load about 2.5 to 3 miles. I will personally do that next time. overall fun hike, heat was a test, and the earlier the better. total workout from the get go. be prepared to get the cardio in.

running
Sat Aug 11 2018

Took the pup on a trail run. Went about 2.5 miles up before the pup got tired. First 3/4 mile is a grind but with switchbacks and then becomes a little more gradual once you enter the canyon. Great hike late in the season! Take water!

Sun Jun 24 2018

Dog canyon hike is a beautiful but difficult hike. It is long and climbs quite a bit. Great views of the canyon and the National Forest.

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Sun Jun 17 2018

My family and I have made multiple trips, but today was the first time we actually completed the route, thanks to remnants of a tropical cyclone moderating the temperature and giving us some much needed rain. Starting from Oliver Lee Memorial State Park, it's not so bad up to Frenchie's Line Cabin, but then it gets very steep and very narrow. There are wash outs on the narrow trail, and could be potentially dangerous, and looking around, particularly up, could become hazardous while walking. Once we got to about 4 miles, the trail is much less picturesque for the duration. We did have a wonderful time, but having finally conquered Dog Canyon, I wonder about doing it as often as we have in the past.

Fri Apr 13 2018

Tough hike once I reached 3.5 miles.. stopped at 4 miles . The hike back to truck was slightly rough suggest good hiking shoes and thick socks. Feel great & stronger.

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