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.
- 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).
- 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.