Organ Peak

  • November 17, 2012 · 5:30 AM

Yes. We are doing it again. Awfully difficult hike but the reward... Well... You have to be there to see with your own eyes what is there, pretty obvious.

We will start at 5:30 am at Baylor Canyon Road (NOT inside Dripping Springs Natural Area) so we don't need to wait or get back before BLM gate closing times.

We are going to take the same route we did last time.

Prior to the hike, some volunteers are going back and trim the overgrowth on the trail below the Narrows. Anybody is interested in being part of that also please let Samat or Yubao know.

Distance: About 10 miles.

Duration: About 10 hours.

Elevation gain: About 3000'.

Difficult level: Extremely difficult; not beginner friendly; if you haven't much of hard hiking recently, think again about this hike.

Pet friendly: NO.

Meet at:

Las Cruces: 5:30 am, Modoc Mine Road, off of Baylor Canyon Road. From Interstate 25, take exit 1, head east on University Avenue, continue east as it turns to Dripping Springs Road. When the pavement ends, keep going on the gravel road until right before the paved road begins again. To your left, take Baylor Canyon Road north. The road will curve right and then left; after it curves left, look for a different dirt road to the right. Turn onto the dirt road and park where appropriate. See map (OpenStreetMap or Google Maps) which indicates the start of Modoc Mine Road. Park where appropriate; you may not be able to get to the point on the map with your vehicle.

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  • Yubao

    Can't wait to get back there again.

    November 19, 2012

  • Samat

    Also, a heads up: 20% chance of rain tomorrow: http://www.wunderground.com/weather-forecast/88011

    November 16, 2012

  • David

    5:30 am??!!

    November 16, 2012

    • Samat

      Yeah, I know. I've attempted Organ Peak *4* times now, 2 of which I had to turn back because of not enough time/light. The last attempt, the people who did make it up (who were quite fast) even themselves barely got back before dark. We're making Organ Peak tomorrow—no compromises!

      November 16, 2012

  • Gill S.

    Yes I didn't do anything to organize it - therefore dont think an over night is good this time. Keep in mind for another time, say when the nights are shorter and days are longer.

    November 9, 2012

    • Samat

      I'd settle for just figuring the details out (like where we can or cannot legally camp) and warmer nights… till next year, I suppose.

      November 9, 2012

  • michal

    I'll be parked (camped) at the turnoff... everyone can look for my big orange camper/white pu truck

    November 9, 2012

  • Yubao

    @Samat: I know that we are supposed to park somewhere at the east side of Baylor Canyon Road, but not quite sure where it is. Could you give a description of that? It should not pose much of a problem for me, but it might be rather confusing to some who are not very familiar with that area.

    November 9, 2012

  • Gill S.

    Have you thought of doing an overnight on this hike/trip?

    October 21, 2012

    • Samat

      Doing it overnight came up, but I don't think anyone got around to figuring out details or committing to anything… it is definitely doable as a day hike.

      November 8, 2012

  • Samat

    Updated the time and mentioned change of location on this… 5:30 am is going to be rough but we'll be free of BLM restrictions (8a–5p park times) and can take our on the hike. Better to start in the dark rather than end up coming back in the dark.

    November 8, 2012

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