Steve and Renee did a second hike April 8th and want to share the area with the group. The area is behind Picacho Mountain – south west of the Robledo Mountains. It’s a small range of volcanic hills about 15 miles west of Las Cruces in Dona Ana County. It is BLM land accessible by a well-maintained county road that passes through the Corralitos Ranch. It is well known for rock climbing the deposits of rhyolite tuffs and flows.
Since it gets shade for most of the afternoon and has shelter from the winds we will start at 1pm. Meet at Fairacres Post Office on Picacho Ave for carpooling. We’ll proceed to the trailhead and hike on the rock climbers access trail to the nearby cliffs. As we reach the back of the mountain, we will encounter some loose rock but the views will make this hike so worth it.
Note: Don't let the name put you off ... this hike is good for beginners. If you enjoyed the Achenbach Canyon hike you will like this hike.
The high point of the hill has a prominence of 672 feet which is what we will hike and total elevation of 5402 ft. This mountain is very similar to "A" Mountain.