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Dog Canyon/Sacramento Peak

  • Mar 5, 2011 · 9:00 AM

Someone asked to do Dog Canyon. This isn't a bad time of the year to do it, and if you do the full route you'll pass from high desert to alpine forest (scenic), passing up through the snowline.

I'd like to split into two groups, depending on how difficult a hike you want:

  • Half: To the cabin at Dog Canyon, at which point you can turn around. Should be a strenuous (1800 ft climb) 6–8 mi roundtrip.
  • Full: All the way to the top of Sacramento Peak/Sunspot, one-way, uphill. It is some 9 mi, and a 3100 ft climb, but are well-maintained hiking/ATV trails the entire way. If you're doing Sierra Blanca next weekend, this is a good way to prepare.

Meet at:

  • Las Cruces: At 6:30 am, K-Mart parking lot on North Main and US 70, near Shell. See map (Google Maps)
  • El Paso: At 6:30 am, Walmart at Transmountain/US 54 at the west-most parking lot towards US 54. See map (Google Maps).
  • Oliver Lee State Park: At 9:00 am. If doing full-route, please let us know! In case anyone is late, please feel free to call one of the organizers or hang out at the visitors center (it's a well-restored ranch).

Other details:

  • Fees: $5/vehicle day-use fee at OLSP
  • 45°F high in Sunspot (end point for full-route). Dress appropriately.
  • Full route should take 6–7 hours, half 4 hours.
  • Dogs are allowed

For those doing the full route, I'd like to get early supper at The Western in Cloudcroft (inexpensive, good Mexican food/burgers/etc and draft microbrews).

This is a DIFFERENT Dog Canyon than the one in the Guadalupe Mountains, within which there is a fire.

Please RSVP which route you'd like to do (after you say "I'm going", click "Update" to add a note) so we can figure out carpooling for those doing the full route.

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  • Samat

    Organizer didn't plan out enough time in the morning for parking! And also completely misjudged both elevation gain and distance! Otherwise, fantastic, beautiful hike—definitely felt like an accomplishment.

    March 8, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    beautiful and steep great butt and thigh workout. will definately do it again ... hopefully will finish the last mile and a half.

    March 7, 2011

  • Samat

    GPS track 13.16 mi, gain of 4754 ft, climbing over 5409 ft (over a mile!?). Oops. What doesn't kill you makes you stronger, right?

    March 6, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    The hike was WONDERFUL, great view, steep climb and hard work at parts but overall not too hard for decent hikers IF they plan ahead timewise. Hiking only 1/2 would NOT have been as magnificent of a climate changing hike.

    Tips for future hikes here include: planning ahead as leaving cars at the top needs to be done VERY early same day or night before, ensuring everyone is dressed for the change in climate and possible night finish, IE food, water, flashlights, warning layer... More of a backpacking hike than a day hike if you go slw or leave late.

    Hike should be a no-go in high sun/heat or if leaving the trailhead after ~11am.

    March 6, 2011

  • Michelle

    Even with the new signs, it's confusing:

    March 6, 2011

  • Michelle

    The most beautiful hike I've done so far in the area. The beginning of the Road Canyon trail (after the end of the Dog Canyon trail) is a bit difficult to make out/confusing. A huge, sincere thanks to Samat, Timmy, and Jo for all their hard work in coordinating cars and hikers, and for getting up extra early to leave the cars at the top. Seeing those cars at the top was a joyful experience. Next time I'll help getting up early/driving. Thanks to Mike and Nancy for their kindness to us strangers.

    March 6, 2011

  • Samat

    Okay… all the carpool stuff is figured out. We have space for two more people for the full route, so I've capped attendance at 10.

    March 4, 2011

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