The hike led by Steve and Yubao on Oct. 27 up to Juniper Saddle or the Needle was quite a success. Different levels of hikers get to enjoy the Needle trail at the same time. One hiker that could have easily made to the top, instead, turned around at Juniper Saddle because of another commitment in the afternoon. And she vowed to come back and finish the hike in the very near future.
Encouraged by that success, they are organizing this hike. From the La Cueva picnic area parking lot to the Narrows is very roughly 3 miles, with about 1,500' elevation gain. The hike is on trail, going up along Fillmore Canyon. Along the way, there's plenty of water running in the creek.
Hiking up to the Narrows is an easy to moderate hike, which could be enjoyed by most levels of hikers. The hike will take about 4 - 6 hours.
Venture on to the Peak will add about 2 more miles, and roughly 2,500' of climbing. The added mileage is one thing, the steep climbing is what it makes the hike hard. It will take somewhere around 7-9 hours.
This is sort of the ideal time to climb some of these Organ peaks. Not hot anymore, not too cold yet, and the wind is usually calm.
But this is the day the clock is turned back an hour. So, we are losing an hour's daylight. For the hikers that want to go all the way, that's one more factor to be considered.
But anyways, let's get on the hike, and you can decide if you will turn around at the Narrows or go all the way to the Peak on the trail.
Meet us 0730 at Milagro Coffee, or 0800 at La Cueva picnic area parking lot of Dripping Springs State Park.
Questions or concerns call or text Yubao @[masked]