It's really hot this week. Rather than hiking in the intense sun & heat, we'll be spending this evening over on the east side of the Organs, hiking in the shade. It will get dark quickly—please bring a headlamp and/or flashlight! It would also be a good idea to wear long pants and gaiters. If you've garden shears please bring them.
We'll be doing the hike from last week in reverse, starting at the Aguirre Springs group picnic area and going up Indian Hollow trail until it joins another trail that goes up a canyon, which connects with Pine Tree Loop. Once we reach Pine Tree Loop we'll take it counter-clockwise and end up where we parked
The GPS track posted below has a map of the trail and how it connects to the Indian Hollow trail.
DISTANCE is ~3–4 mi, loop.
ELEVATION GAIN is ~500 ft gained.
FEES: $5/vehicle, paid at the trailhead If you have a Federal Lands Pass, please bring them; they are accepted here.
DURATION: Finish by 9 pm (hopefully no later).
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* that beginner friendly, but if you're a beginner you can definitely do this and will be glad you did.
TERRAIN well-maintained trail, as well as an "ancient" un-maintained trail. Will be walking over prickly desert plants, ducking under overgrowth, etc on that portion.
WEATHER is TBA.
AFTERWARDS we'll be grabbing drinks in Las Cruces somewhere.
MEET for carpool at:
Las Cruces: 5:45 pm, K-Mart parking lot on North Main/US 70 and Del Rey, near Shell. See map (OpenStreetMap (http://www.openstreetmap.org/?mlat=32.35083&mlon=-106.76538&zoom=17&layers=M) or Google Maps (http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&source=s_q&hl=en&geocode=&q=32.35083,-106.76538&aq=&sll=32.2563,-106.7&sspn=0.015497,0.018582&ie=UTF8&ll=32.351135,-106.768591&spn=0.00774,0.01502&t=h&z=17)). We plan to leave no later than 6 pm—please do not be late! El Paso: Please meet us in Las Cruces. Pine Tree Loop trailhead: 6:20 pm.
GPS track for Pine Tree Loop (http://www.gpsies.com/map.do?fileId=zvybslbgpjxomavl) (not the exact route we'll be taking)