Exploratory hike deep within the Organ Mountains. Goal is to bag as many peaks in the southern-most portion as the ridge heads east. Some of the peaks involve South Park Peak (AKA Devil's Crown?), Crotalus Peak (sp?), etc. If you are unfamiliar w/ the area or the risks involve, it's recommended you sit this hike out—it is considered exploratory.
We'll be hiking up through Achenbach Canyon to the top of the ridgeline, take a right (heading south), and following the main ridgeline as it curves to the east. The hike is not particularly difficult compared to some of the crazy places we go but it is a long distance.
DISTANCE is unknown, probably 15 mi round-trip.
ELEVATION GAIN is ~3000 ft gained.
FEES: None. Of course, if you carpool, please compensate your driver for gas!
DURATION: Finish by late afternoon.
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 *NOT* beginner friendly. No whiners!
TERRAIN is mostly on "trail", though it's overgrown in quite a few spots. After a point we'll be on a relatively vegetation-free ridge line w/ loose rocks, etc.
WEATHER is TBA. Plan for wind (bring a wind-proof jacket).
AFTERWARDS we will be going to High Desert Brewery's happy hour.
MEET for carpool at:
• Las Cruces: 8:30 am, 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: 8:00 am, 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!
• Achenbach Canyon: 9:00 am. GPS:[masked]°N,[masked]°W (see on Google Maps (http://maps.google.com/?q=32.2877,-106.6017&z=15), OpenStreetMap (http://www.openstreetmap.org/?mlat=32.2877&mlon=-106.6017&zoom=15), USGS topo map (http://mapper.acme.com/?ll=32.2877,-106.6017&marker0=32.2877,-106.6017&z=15))