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Cookes Peak: Adventure & Pizza

This hike is approximately 10 miles round-trip with 3,500' of elevation gain, and should take us between 6-8 hours to complete. The views from the summit allow one to see over a dozen mountain ranges including into Mexico and Arizona! 

After a day of exhilarating hiking with spectacular views, we'll be sitting down for some food at "Forghedaboudit" restaurant near Deming. If we're lucky, Yubao will eat more of the scorpion pepper sauce!










Cookes Peak is located in the Cookes Range just north of Deming; it's a 90-min drive. (FYI: There is a Border Patrol Checkpoint.)

Many of you may not know of Cookes peak even after having driven by it many times on I-10. Cookes is the high-point of Luna county located just north of Deming. It has a spire-like summit which looks very impressive from below; however the hike itself is attainable for anyone in good shape who is willing to do a bit of moderate scrambling to reach the summit.

The hike itself begins with 2.5 miles of jeep road, before turning into a canyon that heads towards the ridge. The canyon hiking is not well established at times, but it is not as strenuous as many Organ hikes. There is some scrambling required as you near the summit, but not quite as challenging as what many of you have already experienced on the Organ Needle or South Rabbit Ear.

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  • Rosario R.

    This peak was either Wonderland or Heaven and it was one of the best hike with such a strange weather conditions.

    Thanks Ryan for organizing such an incredible and awesome hiking trip :)

    See you all in the trails!

    2 · November 24, 2013

  • Robert H.

    Weather was 20-30 degrees with freezing mist, snow, 0-35+ mph winds. Actually not that bad. All hikers had appropriate gear with some hikers with just shirt sleeves with wind/water proof shell. Able to stay nice and toasty warm with our hiking pace.
    Knowing now what transpired yesterday, I would do it again in a heartbeat. Only real issue was slick rocks due to snow fall.

    2 · November 24, 2013

  • Robert H.

    Quite a nice hike actually. Only wished the viz was a little better. In spite of not being able to see where we were going, we managed to stay on the trail. Winter wonder land awaited us on top. We missed making the top due to 30-40mph winds on the ridge and snowy stuff making rocks very slick.

    2 · November 24, 2013

  • Carol B.

    Thirteen people and two dogs braved the weather and enjoyed an invigorating hike up towards Cookes Peak. We got within less that 1/2 mile from the top before the wind and snow deemed it best to hike back down. We hiked nine miles and 5 1/2 hours and enjoyed delicious pizza afterwards.

    3 · November 23, 2013

  • Dave W.

    The combination of of 20-30 degree temps PLUS 80% chance of rain/snowPLUS 20 mph winds pretty much takes the fun out of this one for me. My hat is off to all of you who do it. See you next time.

    1 · November 22, 2013

  • Randy

    Reluctantly, I had to cancel my motel reservation at the Grand Motor Inn in Deming that I had for more than a month. Never fails...perfect hiking weather most of the month only to go south when it counts. I haven't been up to Cookes in 9 years, but there is no way I will hike it with snow, ice, wet rocks, wind chills, etc possible. Has to be a nice weather day. I want to enjoy the day, not have it be be an uncomfortable challenge. Hopefully, this will be offered again when nice. Be safe.

    November 22, 2013

    • Ryan C.

      I agree that the conditions aren't perfect, but despite the added risk, adverse weather can make for some of the most memorable and exciting hiking conditions. This hike isn't particularly difficult, it's just a longer day, and the weather will further require that people come prepared. To each his/her own adventure. Good on you for knowing your comfort level and sticking to it, see you next time and hopefully with sunny blue skies in the 70s.

      3 · November 22, 2013

  • Ryan C.

    GET PUMPED!
    I want to stress that everyone needs to bring cold-weather gear, rain gear, plenty of food and water, headlamp, extra socks, and a bookbag/daypack to put it all in. You will not regret bringing extra layers and being prepared. Chances are someone will not bring enough and then your extra stuff will come in handy for them.

    November 22, 2013

    • Ryan C.

      Also, be prepared to compensate drivers for gas. :)

      November 22, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Chickening out...

    November 22, 2013

    • Ryan C.

      Kyong, no. No chicken. The conditions are not intimidating.

      November 22, 2013

    • Ryan C.

      booooo

      1 · November 22, 2013

  • mark s.

    we will give it a go if there is no snow

    November 22, 2013

    • Ryan C.

      there won't be ice either way, snow will only make it prettier

      November 22, 2013

  • Ryan C.

    The weather forecast for Saturday is NOT sunny and warm. The temperature will be lower than usual, but because we'll be hiking, the temperature will not feel nearly as cold as the thermometer might suggest. Because these will not be sunny and warm conditions, please plan accordingly for this hike and bring the following so that when we aren't hiking, you'll stay warm: COLD-WEATHER GEAR (such as a fleece jacket, wool sweater, or puffy jacket, gloves, winter hat); RAIN-GEAR (rain jacket); WATER; CALORIES; HEADLAMP; BOOTS; EXTRA PAIR OF SOCKS; IMMIGRATION PAPERWORK if applicable. Plan to carry all of these things in a DAYPACK (or bookbag). The trail is not difficult to follow and we will be be going up and back on the same route. Please let me know if you have any questions [masked]) and feel free to reply to this thread with any additional items to bring.

    November 21, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry but have to back out.

    November 20, 2013

  • Carol B.

    Hikers coming from El Paso, Let's meet at Starbucks on Redd Road at 6:30 am and car pool.

    1 · November 20, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Change in plans.

    November 17, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Well, pumpernickel! We have to back out. There's a family event that day that I had forgotten about. I think this gives us more time to improve our stamina so that the NEXT time y'all do Cookes' we'll be more confident! Have fun, and take a couple extra lung-fulls of mountain air for me!

    1 · November 11, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Wish there was a "Maybe" RSVP option. We really want to do this, but I'm honestly not 100% sure I can make it. Pauline, if you're slower than the others, you may have company! But I look forward to giving it my best shot! Oh, and Pauline, I'm in LC, need a ride?

    November 10, 2013

    • Samat

      About 90% of this hike is relatively easy (not more difficult than what we do on A Mountain). The last bit at the top requires some light, non-exposed, non-technical climbing. You can take a break there on the top of the ridge, but once you're at that point you might as well keep going!

      November 10, 2013

  • Pauline M.

    Who is going from LC?

    November 3, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      We're coming from LC, Pauline. Need a ride?

      November 10, 2013

    • Samat

      Let's hold off till figuring out carpool until the day of… most of us are coming from LC. I'll post meeting locations for ELP, LC, and Deming later this week.

      November 10, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Anyone interested in doing this from Alamo, and starting later? Say, leave Alamo around 7?

    November 3, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'll be joining from Silver City so I'll try and find a good point and time to join the group closer to Deming.

    November 1, 2013

    • Ryan C.

      You might consider coordinating with Pamela (see below) as she'll be coming from Silver City as well.

      November 1, 2013

  • Pauline M.

    Hope everyone is willing to slow down for the ole'lady!

    October 9, 2013

    • Ryan C.

      One point to make about this hike regarding our speed is that it's a long one, 10 miles, so we'll try to keep a fair pace. The biggest challenge last time was the heat, which won't be a problem this time around.

      November 1, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm interested in attending, but I live in Silver City and would be coming from there....

    October 10, 2013

    • Ryan C.

      I can send you detailed directions for getting to the trailhead if you'd like. Let me know!

      November 1, 2013

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