Alfred Hale Connector
ElevationAscent: 640' 195 m
Descent: -63' -19 m
High: 7,809' 2,380 m
Low: 7,232' 2,204 m
GradeAvg Grade: 5% (3°)
Max Grade: 16% (9°)
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“Outstanding views of Sierra Blanca and Grindstone Lake unfold before this twisting singletrack.”— Brendan Ross
After a quick climb at the beginning, the first mile is mostly flat. It features several large clearings, from where outstanding views of both Sierra Blanca and Grindstone Lake can be enjoyed to the west and east, respectively. Watch for a false trail crossing a little after a third of a mile in; stay right to keep on track.
The clearings end and the trail re-enters the trees as it turns north around a secluded gulley. As it reaches the one mile point, the path nears a gravel road and a gate. This is also an alternate parking area and access point, though it is generally only used by locals residing in the nearby neighborhood. Stay left and follow the trail west.
Several climbing switchbacks follow as Alfred Hale takes on its steepest section. As it proceeds, keep an eye out for agave growing alongside the trail, an unusual sight in the mountains and a reminder that the desert isn't far away. A brief flat section offers some respite from the climb near the mile and a half point. A steep quarter mile follows.
The trail switches back to the north near the two and one quarter mile point. Alfred Hale then enters a semi-active logging area, where runners should keep an eye out for fallen trees. A series of short hairpins finishes out the trail, connecting it into the Grindstone Mesa Loop. A sign marks the intersection.
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Land Manager: USFS - Lincoln National Forest Office