This was popular last week—let's do it again! Join us for late afternoon/evening hike in Soledad and Bar Canyon in the Organ Mountains.
Starting at the Soledad Canyon Trailhead, we'll make a clockwise loop passing by the Rock House, taking a quick detour to the Bar Canyon waterfall, and then finish the clockwise loop back to the cars. We should finish at/slightly after sunset, and we'll be walking during golden hour, during when Soledad Canyon looks prettiest. (bring your cameras!).
If you've been complaining that we get up too early for hikes, or that we drive to far, or what have you—finally, a hike for you!
Unlike the other "hike & happy hour" events, we'll actually be going to a real happy hour (5–7 pm) for dinner after the hike at High Desert Brewery (https://plus.google.com/103409925418618184824/about?gl=us&hl=en). (follow link for directions). Beers are $1 off. We will be sitting outside; while they are heaters, please bring an extra layer if you think you will be cold.
DISTANCE is ~3–4 mi round-trip
ELEVATION GAIN is ~1000 ft gained.
FEES: None. Of course, if you carpool, please compensate your driver for gas!
DURATION: Finish by 5 pm.
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 reasonably beginner friendly. This among the easiest of the hikes this group does. The elevation is noticeably higher than Las Cruces, and if you are out of shape you will feel it.
TERRAIN well-maintained trail, gravel & dirt.
WEATHER is TBA.
AFTERWARDS we will be going to High Desert Brewery's happy hour. See event description for more information.
MEET for carpool at:
• Las Cruces: 1:00 pm, in/outside Milagro Coffee at Pan Am Plaza. Open at 6:30 am on the weekends, the coffee, breakfast burritos, and bagels (fresh on the weekends) are all good here. GPS:[masked]°N,[masked]°W (see on Google Maps (http://maps.google.com/?q=32.287339,-106.745122&z=18), OpenStreetMap (http://www.openstreetmap.org/?mlat=32.287339&mlon=-106.745122&zoom=18), USGS topo map (http://mapper.acme.com/?ll=32.287339,-106.745122&marker0=32.287339,-106.745122&z=18)).
• El Paso: 12:00 pm, I-10 and Redd Road Kohl's, in the south end of the parking lot near Starbucks. GPS:[masked]°N,[masked]°W (see on Google Maps (http://maps.google.com/?q=31.865651,-106.576615&z=18), OpenStreetMap (http://www.openstreetmap.org/?mlat=31.865651&mlon=-106.576615&zoom=18), USGS topo map (http://mapper.acme.com/?ll=31.865651,-106.576615&marker0=31.865651,-106.576615&z=18)). Note: your host is not meeting here, please self-organize!
• Soledad Canyon Trailhead: 1:30 pm. See map [masked]°N,[masked]°W (http://www.meetup.com/las-cruces-hiking/events/geo:32.30458,-106.59335) (see on Google Maps (http://maps.google.com/?q=32.30458,-106.59335&z=18), OpenStreetMap (http://www.openstreetmap.org/?mlat=32.30458&mlon=-106.59335&zoom=18), USGS topo map (http://mapper.acme.com/?ll=32.30458,-106.59335&marker0=32.30458,-106.59335&z=18))).
• Map of area [OpenStreetMap] (http://www.openstreetmap.org/?lat=32.30324&lon=-106.58142&zoom=15&layers=M)