We will start at the parking lot at Soledad Canyon Road, head north to the parking lot on Dripping Springs Road, and then come back. The hike is all on trail. The round trip is 5 miles. The terrain is high desert. Crossing arroyos (ups and downs) a few times, but the total elevation gain/loss is negligible.
With houses pretty much on every side of the trail, this hike feels like an urban hike. Yet, you are along mesquite and cacti of the mesa, may spot a few deer, some grazing cows, hear the howl of some coyotes. On your east, there are the impressive Organ peaks. On your west, city of Las Cruces sprawled out in the river valley.
Beautiful scenery, easy hike, a hike for all.
DISTANCE is ~5 mi, round trip.
ELEVATION: Negligible, though there are ups & downs as the trail goes in & out of arroyos.
FEES: None. Of course, if you carpool, please compensate your driver for gas!
DURATION: Finish around noon.
PET FRIENDLY? Yes. Bring a muzzle (you shouldn't need be told to bring a leash).
SKILL LEVEL is easy.
TERRAIN is mostly flat trail through high desert, going up & down and in & out of arroyos. Trail is mostly gravel.
MEET for carpool at:
Las Cruces: 8:30 am, Milagro Coffee.
Trail head: 9:00 am at Soledad Canyon Road parking lot (on the south of the road).
Samat’s GPS track (http://www.gpsies.com/map.do?fileId=ajdjcjjgujlyxubp)