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Las Cruces Meetup Group

  • Oct 16, 2010 · 8:00 AM

Where: Dog Canyon Sacramento Mountains Oliver Lee State Park, NM The Las Cruces hikers will meet at the K-mart on North Main at 8:00 am and will carpool from there. El Paso hikers will meet at the N.E. Wal-mart on Trans-mountain at 8:00 am and will carpool from there. Both groups will then meet up at the Ranger Station and trailhead at 9:15 am. There is a State Park fee of $5.00 per car. Dog Canyon Trail: The 6 mile Dog Canyon Trail provides a challenging hike with breathtaking views of the surrounding Tularosa basin desert landscape, White Sands, and the Organ and San Andreas Mountains. About half way up, you reach the cabin built by a rancher many years ago, providing a historical element to the hike. If you hike all the way to the top, you have climbed the western escarpment of the Sacramento Mountains, getting an excellent workout. Length of hike: 6 miles Skill level: Difficult From Alamogordo, take U.S. 54 south. After about 12.6 miles, a sign indicates the left turn to the park This road ends at the Ranger Station. From El Paso, take U.S. 54 North. After about 70 miles, a sign indicates the right hand turn to the park and the Ranger Station.

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Thank you all for a wonderful trip. Enjoyed doing this trip and everyone was great. I probably would not have finished it without this group - the steep slopes made me a bit nervous. Even so, I'd like to do it again in the spring and check out the fauna.

    October 19, 2010

  • A former member
    A former member

    It was my first hike and it was pretty tough, but I made it! Everyone was so nice, and encouraging.

    October 17, 2010

  • A former member
    A former member

    Have been wanting to check out Dog Canyon for a long time. It was a beautiful day for this hike. Dog Canyon is a very special place! We went as far as the hut where there is running water, big trees, very lush, lots of fragrant vegetation. I would say the hike was moderate. Pretty steep incline and narrow paths at some points, but quite doable especially if you take your time.

    October 17, 2010

  • Carlos

    Great hike, awesome hikers! Although, it was strenuous for some, we pushed on and we all made it to the cabin and back. The views were awesome! It was a great hike. We are planning hikes around Deming N.M. and other areas in N.M. The Las Cruces Adventure Group is having a hike 10/30. The Celbaration of the Mountains Group has an over night hike to McKittrick Canyon 11/7-8 and Guadalupe peak in Nov. Don't be shy to coordinate a hike you would want to do. Good hiking is coming up.

    October 17, 2010

  • Sal

    Great job to both Carlos and Michael, team work always works best and Michael that last picture of the cabin was awesome I was wandering what it might have looked like. The weather was perfect and so were all the hikers!

    October 17, 2010

  • A former member
    A former member

    This was a good hike. Everyone made to the turnaround point and back. Good Job! There was a total of 19 hikers that attended, 14 from LC Meetup Group and 5 from COM Group. I appreciate everyone that showed up to do this hike. I will see you next year. Thanks

    October 17, 2010

  • michal

    Great outing!! Dog Canyon is worth the effort...

    October 16, 2010

  • michal

    Michael... photos taken today are online at : http://picasaweb.google.com/301chipmunk/DogCanyonMeetup at least they should be! if not, let me know and I can download direct... thanks for the nice outing!!

    October 16, 2010

  • A former member
    A former member

    Just a reminder: There is a $5 dollar parking fee for each vehicle at the State Park, so take small bills. Also we will have our lunch at the turnaround point, so don't forget to bring lunch and snacks, plus plenty of water. The temp for this area will be in the low 80's with plenty of sunshine (partly cloudy), so don't forget your hats/caps to keep from getting sunburned.

    October 15, 2010

  • A former member
    A former member

    Cheryl, we are going to the cabin and back (6 miles). You are welcome to bring your dog. I rated it as difficult, because under Celebration Of Our Mountains, we get alot of first-time hikers who are not ready or prepared for this type of hike so I have to rate it this way. I rate it as difficult because of the steady climb to the turnaround point. As of this morning the count is 20 hikers from LC Group and 15 from COM group.

    October 15, 2010

  • michal

    sounds like we're just going to the cabin... the really hard part is past that point, up to the meadow.

    October 15, 2010

  • A former member
    A former member

    Are we hiking the six miles (to the cabin and back) or the "whole enchilada" (twelve miles)? The hike is rated "difficult," what makes it so? Are dogs welcome? If so, I'll bring my Cali - we can BOTH use the exercise...

    October 15, 2010

  • A former member
    A former member

    I will be bringing a friend. not sure how to edit my rsvp.

    October 15, 2010

  • Bert V.

    No buster this time. Hes mostly healed up from Bishop's Cap, but his feet are a little sensitive still.

    October 12, 2010

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thanks Mike, I will still meet you at the trailhead. I am just going to do some soft hiking in High Rolls. If it hurts too much I will just stop and sample some apple butter. Not to bad of a way to spend Saturday.

    October 11, 2010

  • A former member
    A former member

    Dennis, take care of yourself and rest your leg. Don't push yourself too much and let it heal. See you next time.

    October 11, 2010

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry folks , I may have to bow out of this hike. I did something to my calf. I was hiking last weekend a Karr Canyon and it felt like someone hit me with a hammer. I thought it was just cramps but it is not. And I will not have someone carey me on a hike like Dog Canyon. I will meet you guy's at the trailhead to cheer you on. I myself will try Bridalveil Falls. Mike bring your camera I still would like to see it. Thank all of you for asking me to come for the hike. Dennis

    October 11, 2010

  • Carlos

    Hey Linda, I'm glad to hear that you are going on this hike. I guess you and Bert can coordinate the carpool in LC. Samat has also been a big help recently in coordinating the carpooling of the LC hikers. Thanks guys.

    October 10, 2010

  • A former member
    A former member

    Looks this might turn out to be a great hike. As of today, there are 12 RSVP's from the LC Group and 10 RSVP's from the COM group. Hopefully everyone that signed up will make it to the hike. If you are interested in going, please sign up. We will only do the 3 miles up and 3 miles back (6 miles), since there will be new hikers in this large group. Please let your friends and family know about this hike, so that we can get more people involved in hiking.

    October 7, 2010

  • michal

    I walked up and checked out the trail closure posting; it's Heart Attack canyon trail and all of Atkinson Meadow area, though hiking through is still allowed on the Rim trail.

    October 5, 2010

  • michal

    ATV's had been making a mess up there... going on trails they are not supposed to use. The trail to the observatory is further south, too narrow for ATV's to access. Nice to hear they took action, probably on T110 and T111? Joplin Ridge would be a great destination... leave the trail and simply walk right on up before the meadow?

    September 30, 2010

  • A former member
    A former member

    Michal, we will only go up to the line cabin (3 miles up/ 3 miles down) because there will be some new hikers coming from Celebration Of Our Mountains Group. If everyone does well on the uphill climb and everyone is in favor, then we might go to the top of Joplin Ridge. As for the Observatory, the trail that goes to Atkinson Canyon was closed by the USFS on Labor Day weekend until mid-Dec due to people on ATV's destroying meadows. The trail is closed from the top and the bottom.

    September 30, 2010

  • michal

    I assume we will be hiking up to the meadow above the Eyebrow... the top requires a couple of extra miles along the road then the really steep climb to the Observatory, then all that long, steep mileage back down?

    September 30, 2010

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