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Hike Around Bishop's Cap

This hike is walking AROUND Bishop's Cap, instead of climbing to the top of it. Bishop's cap is called Bishop's Cap because, well, it looks like Bishop's Cap, and it's south of Las Cruces, north of El Paso, to the east of Interstate 10's Mesquite exit.

Obviously, walking around Bishop's Cap is way easier than ciimbing to the top of it. The experience could be totally different also.

From the parking lot, we will head south, take the established Sierra Vista trail, then turn east, loop around to the east side of Bishop's Cap along the base, merge into a Jeep trail to approach the mine on the east side. Up to this point, the terrain is pretty much level, a relative easy somewhere about 3 or 4 miles of walk in the lower desert.

The ubiquitous ocotillo is blooming like crazy, quite a pleasure to the eye.

We will take a break at the mine, to snack, hydrate ourselves, smell the delicious ocotillo, and also, give us ample time to explore the mine.

The rest of the hike is climb up a slow hill to the crest (about 400' elevation gain?), and climb down on the other side and get back to the car.

With the total distance of somewhere between 5 to 6 miles, the hike should really be classified as easy. Only trying to be more cautious, in case some hikers are going to complain the "easy" classification is misleading, we will call it an easy-to-moderate hike.

Factor in the break(s) we are going to take, it will take about 5 hours to do the hike.

Meet:

• Las Cruces: 8:00 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: Google Maps, OpenStreetMap, USGS topo map)

• El Paso: 7:45 am, I-10 and Redd Road Kohl's, in the south end of the parking lot near Starbucks. GPS: Google Maps, OpenStreetMap, USGS topo map). 

• Trailhead: 8:30 am at the Mossman Arroyo trail head of the Sierra Vista Trail. See map. Note: the dirt road to the trailhead is rough, though any car can drive in there, if you've a high suspension vehicle, please bring it.

Please specify where you'll be meeting us as a comment to your RSVP.

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  • Robert H.

    Nice, relaxed hike. Chewed on a little dirt on the way back bug otherwise, all is good. Enjoyed hiking and talking with everyone. Impressed that Charles made it all the way. Tried to give him a ride at the end but he took a short cut and almost beat me to my car.

    April 26, 2014

  • jody M.

    Thanks Steve- The rocks at the mine were fun to collect, though not as much fun to carry!

    The wind was nasty on the way back to El Paso. Hope everyone made it home safe and sound.

    April 26, 2014

  • Lewis

    If anyone is going to be coming from El Paso and would like to carpool, please text/call me at[masked]-6586. If I don't hear from anyone, I will most likely be going to the Milagro meetup spot.

    April 25, 2014

  • Lewis

    Is anyone coming from El Paso?

    April 25, 2014

    • Samat

      As long as you don't bring your sports car with low profile tires (which I've even done before) , the trailhead is otherwise completely accessible. Don't worry about it.

      April 25, 2014

    • Lewis

      Cool, thanks.

      April 25, 2014

  • steven

    yes it is

    April 25, 2014

  • jody M.

    Hey samat, is this off the mesquite exit? Thanks!

    April 25, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Please forgive me, but I will unable to make it. I reinjured my hip from a hike a couple weeks ago and I don't think I'd be able to make the round trip at Bishops cap. :( my guest ends up having to work as well do she will be unable to make it also. I'm so sorry. But I hope to join you very soon after a complete healing.

    April 25, 2014

  • Samat

    A heads up: I changed the El Paso meeting point to the Starbucks on Redd Road (everything else remains the same) and added better maps. The Shell station at Transmountain, which was previously listed, is no longer accessible because of construction.

    April 25, 2014

  • Pauline M.

    Any high clearance vehicles going? Been there and it is a rough road.

    April 24, 2014

    • Yubao

      I assume you are meeting the group at Milagro Coffee. And I believe the group will figure out carpooling at the parking lot.

      April 24, 2014

    • Pauline M.

      have fun hiking tomorrow in the 60 mph peak winds

      April 25, 2014

  • Greg L.

    Please post photos or videos after hike on the Internet. Thanks

    April 25, 2014

  • Yubao

    Sorry guys, I suddenly realized that I committed to another hike on the same day. And the saddest thing is I cannot split myself. But you guys have fun.

    April 24, 2014

  • Yubao

    @Sally: A high clearance vehicle is preferable, but plenty of people drive their small vehicles to the trail head.

    April 21, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thank you @Yubao, I appreciate it. I invited a couple people already and one yes with a 4x4! :)

      April 21, 2014

  • Greg L.

    Steven - Sally R. Sanchez-Gonzales and some friends will be joining you.

    April 21, 2014

  • steven

    no

    April 21, 2014

  • Greg L.

    is there a fee for hiking??????

    April 21, 2014

  • Lulu

    would love to participate buy I'll be at work.

    April 17, 2014

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