Last Saturday Ryan and I checked out the west-side approach to Rabbit Ears South, and we find out that there is no technical climbing required at all (all the way to the top), despite what rock climbers have described. So, we will hike up the Rabbit Ears South!
We will park at the entrance end of the rough road to the Rock House by Ruby Mine; walk past the Rock House and the Mine; get into Rabbit Ears Canyon; ascend along the canyon till we can clearly see the narrow gap between Rabbit Ears Middle and South; and turn slightly left onto the trail, where Ryan built a cairn on the left-hand side; bushwhack to the base of Rabbit Ears South and Middle (there is a primitive trail, to put it that way); and then, up to the summit of Rabbit Ears South!
The hike is about 7 miles round trip, with 3000' of elevation gain. It is one of the most strenuous hikes in the Organ Mountains. It involves rather exposed, very steep climbing. The difficulty level is right up there with the Needle Trail, Ice Canyon, Little Ice Canyon, a little bit more, or a little bit less, depends on who you are asking. It is a typical Organ Mountains hike. We don't want to intimidate any good hikers from coming and joining us, and meanwhile, we don't want you to underestimate the difficulty level of this hike either.
It is going to be hot: Bring your sunscreen, and at least 5 liters of water. And an adventurous spirit is always a plus!
Meet us at KMart at 0700 or at the trailhead at 0730.