Note: details may change! Please keep checking this post.
Another note: The Gila Millers fire is in the middle of nowhere, near the cliff dwellings, and has no effect on the catwalk hike.
Changes from previous event (please comment/update your RSVP if you're unhappy w/ the changes!):
- Skipping the camping, unless many are interested (please leave a comment/contact me!) Note that the El Paso Ridgewalkers also have a backpacking trip in the nearby Mogollon Mtns this weekend.
- Leave an hour earlier, and attempt to beat both heat and weekend traffic (which will be heavy through Silver City).
This drive is over 3 hours one way, and turning this into a day hike turns this into an all day event. Please leave your ETA back to LRU/ELP open-ended, unless you're driving yourself.
Tentative plan is to hike 5 miles or so of trail 207, the first mile of which is the Catwalk Recreation Area proper, and then hike back (total ~10 mi). Parking fee is $3/vehicle.
I'd like to catch the Gila Cliff Dwellings on the return trip, but as of May 9, the Miller Fire is dangerously close to the Gila Cliff Dwellings. It's likely it'll close by this weekend.
Meet for carpool:
- Las Cruces: 6:00 am east of NMSU's Pan Am Center. See map (OpenStreetMap or Google Maps).
- El Paso: 5:15 am, I-10 and Transmountain Road Shell. Meet and park at the gravel parking lot to the west of the gas station. See map (OpenStreetMap or Google Maps).