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Hike & Happy Hour: Pine Tree Loop & Indian Hollow

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!

For the first ⅓s of this hike, we'll be walking plain old Pine Tree Loop, walking clockwise. Pine Tree Loop starts in the high upper desert and takes you into the pine trees & junipers; it's surprising how many people from El Paso and Las Cruces don't know the pine trees are so close!

At that point, we'll go off the maintained trail down an ancient connector trail connecting Pine Tree Loop to Indian Hollow. The trail is described in Greg Magee's Day Hikes & Nature Walks in the Las Cruces & El Paso Area book, but you should note that the book was published in 1999 and the trail looks as if it hadn't been used since then. Please dress appropriately (gaiters, etc) and if you have garden shears/clippers, please bring them and help bring this trail back into use!

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 or Google Maps). 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.

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Anybody going to the July Jamboree Arts and Crafts fair up in Cloudcroft tomorrow? Maybe also do Part of the Rim Trail where you can look out at the White Sands basin down below and the sunset off to the west?

    July 13, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Dear Robert, Thank you so much for your invitation. I would love to go to Cloudcrof another time; Please let me know 2 days before, so I do not make different plans. Have a great weekend,

      July 13, 2013

  • Kenny J.

    Well I guess you guys were right about keen eating grass so he could puke, but he waited until this afternoon to do it...on my carpet...

    1 · July 12, 2013

  • Kenny J.

    Arturo it was Admission

    1 · July 11, 2013

  • Ryan C.

    Consider bringing rain-gear, or at the least, be mentally prepared to get rained on. (Looks almost certain to rain.)

    July 11, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    There is a 50% chance of a passing thunderstorm between 6 and 9 this evening, so be prepared. That little pocket on that side of the Organ mts has it's own micro-climate and typically does get more extreme weather than Las Cruces. Also FYI, the hwy 70 road closure at St Augustine pass should be over by 1 pm today.

    1 · July 11, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I have done the exact route with this group a few times and can confirm it is closer to 4 miles. The Track link Samat provided is not the track we will take but the map overlay it provides does show the nearby Indian Hollow trail and the trail that will connect us to a short piece of Pine Tree loop.

    July 11, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi,

    I would like to hike on a shorter path, especially that it is so hot and I am not so young as the other group members. I looked online and the path is 5.71 miles and not 3-4 miles. I love the mountains, but I do not want to be a problem for the other people in the group. Would somebody be interested to hike for 1-2 hours only on pine tree trail and be back with the light at 8-8:20pm? Thank you and best wishes. Carmen Boje (cell[masked]

    July 10, 2013

    • Ryan C.

      Hey Carmen, we aren't doing the standard Pine Tree Trail Loop, but a shorter version that is up the Indian Hollow Trail, cutting over to the Pine Tree Trail, and then hiking 1/3 of the Pine Tree Trail back to the cars. It is roughly 4 miles. You are welcome to hike a shorter version, I just recommend that you don't hike alone and that you carry plenty of water and stay on trail. See you tomorrow!

      July 10, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Meet you at the trailhead^^

    July 7, 2013

  • Samat

    I'm actually OOT (out of town) this day… can someone else lead?

    July 2, 2013

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