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I've wanted to hike Nogal Peak for a few years now. This peak is at the Northern End of the Crest trail, about 11 miles on the other end of the crest trail from Sierra Blanca. If you enjoy hiking three rivers and Sierra Blanca, you should enjoy this hike. This area usually gets a little less traffic.
To make this a day hike, the plan is to start from Upper Bonita campground at 9am and head up FR108 until it meets trail 41, which will climb from 7950ft until it connects to the crest trail at approx 9150ft. From there it's only another 800ft or so to summit Negal Peak.
After hiking back down I'll stop for lunch and head up the crest trail until I reach Trail 37 (little bonita trail). This trail runs back down the ridge until it meets back up with the starting point, Upper Bonita campground. Total distance is approximately 12 miles with approx 3k feet up climb.
If you want to come along and your coming from Las Cruces, you can either stay the night at Upper Bonita Campground Friday, or Park your car at the Fire Dept at the top of 10th street in Alamogordo and we'll carpool.
Here's a picture of the peak: http://www.summitpost.org/nogal-peak/309382
DISTANCE is ~12 mi + 1.4 mi back to cars.
ELEVATION GAIN is ~3000 ft gained.
FEES: None. Of course, if you carpool, please compensate your driver for gas!
DURATION: Finish by mid to late afternoon.
PET FRIENDLY? Yes. Bring a muzzle (you shouldn't need be told to bring a proper leash), and if you'd like to unleash, ask others before you do so.
SKILL LEVEL is *NOT* beginner friendly. No whiners!
TERRAIN forest service trail, starting in alpine forest and heading upwards into mountain tundra.
WEATHER is TBA.
AFTERWARDS we're planning to stop by Farley's on the north side of Ruidoso (White Mountain and Mechem)
MEET for carpool at:
Las Cruces: 6:00 am, K-Mart parking lot on North Main/US 70 and Del Rey, near Shell. GPS:[masked]°N,[masked]°W (http://www.meetup.com/las-cruces-hiking/events/115252302/geo:32.35083,-106.76538) (see on Google Maps (http://maps.google.com/?q=32.35083,-106.76538&z=18), OpenStreetMap (http://www.openstreetmap.org/?mlat=32.35083&mlon=-106.76538&zoom=18), USGS topo map (http://mapper.acme.com/?ll=32.35083,-106.76538&marker0=32.35083,-106.76538&z=18)). El Paso: 5:15 am, I-10 and Redd Road Kohl's, in the south end of the parking lot near Starbucks. GPS:[masked]°N,[masked]°W (http://www.meetup.com/las-cruces-hiking/events/115252302/geo:31.865651,-106.576615) (see on Google Maps (http://maps.google.com/?q=31.865651,-106.576615&z=18), OpenStreetMap (http://www.openstreetmap.org/?mlat=31.865651&mlon=-106.576615&zoom=18), USGS topo map (http://mapper.acme.com/?ll=31.865651,-106.576615&marker0=31.865651,-106.576615&z=18)). Note: your organizer is not meeting here, please self-organize! Alamogordo: 7:15 am, fire station/park at the end of 10th Street.