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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 (long pants, gaiters, etc) and if you have garden shears/clippers, please bring them and help bring this trail back into use!

Note: we've actually been doing the route described above in reverse. I'll update this description one day…

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. Of course, if you carpool, please compensate your driver for gas!

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

    Andy, I can give you a ride. See you at Kmart.

    July 25, 2013

    • Andy S.

      Thank Robert, see you there.

      July 25, 2013

  • Carol E.

    Andy. I have to cancel hiking for me tonight. Family duties. Sorry

    July 25, 2013

    • Andy S.

      No problemo Carol.

      July 25, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Last week we considered doing only Pine Tree loop if it was raining due to the more challenging terrains of Indian hollow and the slickness of the solid rock we cross, especially during active rain. Let's make it easier to keep this option open by meeting at the Pine tree loop parking lot (especiallyfor those not going to Kmart first). From there we can evaluate the most current conditions and pick the best trail. It's easier to drive down from Pine tree parking to The Group parking lot than the other way around.

    July 24, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Kyong, we would only stay parked at Pine Tree if, after evaluating the weather conditions, we decided it best to do ONLY Pine Tree loop, so no road march up or down would be required. If it doesn't look too bad, we will move to park at group parking and begin Indian Hollow from down there. Then the only question is, "do we go up Indian Hollow and straight back, like last week, or do we go up Indian Hollow and cut over to Pine Tree and come down Pine Tree and walk DOWN the road back to Group Parking, as in previous weeks?"

      July 24, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      My personal preference is to do Inian Hollow up and back like last week, but if it's raining too much, that may make that route more treacherous. "Discretion is the better part of valor"

      July 24, 2013

  • Samat

    I wanted to go to another activity this evening—is anyone else up for leading?

    July 19, 2013

    • Andy S.

      I agree w/ Kyong.

      July 23, 2013

    • Samat

      OK, you guys will be fine. Have fun!

      July 23, 2013

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