Cross-post w/ the El Paso Hiking Meetup.
Hillsboro Peak, part of the Black Range of the Gila Mountains, is one of the tallest peaks in the Gila National Forest.
On a clear day, you can easily see Mount Taylor west of Albuquerque; on a REALLY clear day, you can see Colorado. If you've binoculars, this would be a great place to try them out.
We'll start at Emory Pass Vista (along NM 152) and hike up to the top of Hillsboro Peak, upon which a heliport/fire lookout sits. Since we're in the midst of fire season the tower may be open.
Food for thought, Philip Connors, author of Fire Season: Field Notes from a Wilderness Lookout, spent most of his time in the Hillsboro Peak lookout tower
DISTANCE is ~10–12 mi round trip
ELEVATION GAIN is ~2000 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 is on a well-maintained, but very rocky trail through very, very dry forest. Plenty of shade.
WEATHER is TBA.
AFTERWARDS is TBA.
MEET for carpool at:
- Las Cruces: 7:45 am, K-Mart parking lot on North Main/US 70 and Del Rey, near Shell. GPS: [masked]°N,[masked]°W (see on Google Maps, OpenStreetMap, USGS topo map).
- El Paso: 6:45 am, I-10 and Redd Road Kohl's, in the south end of the parking lot near Starbucks. GPS: [masked]°N,[masked]°W (see on Google Maps, OpenStreetMap, USGS topo map). Note: your organizer is not meeting here, please self-organize!
- Emory Pass trail head: ~9:30 am. GPS: [masked]°N,[masked]°W (see on Google Maps, OpenStreetMap, USGS topo map)