Cross-post w/ the El Paso Hiking Meetup. (http://www.meetup.com/El-Paso-Hiking/events/172839812/)
This is the most difficult hike in the Las Cruces–El Paso area. If you don't already know what you're getting into, please avoid signing up! You will need over 2 gallons of water, lunch, and sufficient snacks.
We need to know whether you are attending by Thursday, Apr 24 to figure out carpooling.
DISTANCE is ~ 8 mi point-to-point.
ELEVATION GAIN is ~2500 ft gained.
FEES: $5/person. Federal Lands Passes are not accepted, but Texas State Parks passes are. Of course, if you carpool, please compensate your driver for gas!
DURATION: Finish by late afternoon.
PET FRIENDLY? No, unless your pet has wings.
SKILL LEVEL is *NOT* beginner friendly. No whiners!
TERRAIN is almost all off-trail and terrible. Loose rocks, spiky plants, and other misery.
WEATHER is TBA.
AFTERWARDS we may get dinner somewhere.
MEET for carpool at:
• Las Cruces: 5:15 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: 6:00 am, Franklin Mountains Tom Mays unit, Aztec Caves parking area. GPS:[masked]°N,[masked]°W (see on Google Maps (http://maps.google.com/?q=31.9281,-106.5093&z=15), OpenStreetMap (http://www.openstreetmap.org/?mlat=31.9281&mlon=-106.5093&zoom=15), USGS topo map (http://mapper.acme.com/?ll=31.9281,-106.5093&marker0=31.9281,-106.5093&z=15))