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Hike & Happy Hour: Soledad & Bar Canyon

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. (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, OpenStreetMap, USGS topo map).
• 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, OpenStreetMap, USGS topo map). Note: your host is not meeting here, please self-organize!
• Soledad Canyon Trailhead: 1:30 pm. See map ([masked]°N,[masked]°W (see on Google Maps, OpenStreetMap, USGS topo map)).

MORE information:

• Map of area [OpenStreetMap]

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  • Pauline M.

    fun, nice to see lots of folks enjoying SNM great weather and outdoors!

    1 · February 10, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Along with Frank this was my first time meeting with the group as well. Thanks everyone had a great day and looking forward to seeing everyone again.

    February 10, 2014

  • frank m w.

    This was my first hike with this group. Really enjoyed it, nice to meet everyone.

    February 10, 2014

  • Carol

    Enjoyed the hike and great company. Thank you so much Samat for organizing it!

    1 · February 9, 2014

  • Sheryl H.

    hike was ok. had an injury with another hiker so could not go into the canyon.

    February 9, 2014

  • Kefaya

    It was great, the easiest I ever had, I even worked on my school work during it ;)

    February 9, 2014

  • Timmy

    doing a morning hike so if I'm not there don't wait for me.

    February 8, 2014

  • Sheryl H.

    Gotta make time for this. Work has consumed me.

    February 8, 2014

  • Kefaya

    I will most probably join you for the happy hour since I missed it last week :)

    February 8, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I would love to join you all, but it's a long way from rainy Holland to sunny NM. However, the good news is, I'll be back in May/June for a couple of months. Look forward to seeing you then.
    Enjoy the hike and happy hour !!!

    1 · February 4, 2014

  • Samat

    Please notice that this is scheduled for February *9th*, not the 2nd!

    January 30, 2014

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