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National Trails Day: Osha Trail

Saturday, June 7 is National Trails Day! Beat the insane heat we've been having by hiking the Osha Trail in the (relatively) cool & shady Sacramento Mountains. This is a cross-post w/ of the El Paso Hiking Meetup.

If you are used to high altitude hiking, this trail is VERY easy and relatively beginner friendly. If you would like something more challenging consider doing the Rim Trail hike the same day.

The group intends to get lunch in Cloudcroft. Be aware that many of the restaurants ONLY accept cash, so please bring it if you'd like to get lunch w/ the group.

If you are a guest of the United States (i.e. non-citizen), there is a US Customs & Border Patrol checkpoint demarcating passage to/from what the ACLU calls a "Constitution-Free Zone". If this bothers you, please donate to the ACLU and harass your congress critters; otherwise please bring appropriate documentation of your entry into the US (passports, visas, etc—you know better what you need than we do). Group hikes are not the place to make a stand for your civil liberties.

DISTANCE is 3–5 mi round-trip.

ELEVATION GAIN is ~400 ft gained (negligible). Be aware the altitude is high, and there is significantly less oxygen

FEES: None. Of course, if you carpool, please compensate your driver for gas!

DURATION: Finish by early 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 is reasonably beginner friendly. Be aware of the high altitude.

TERRAIN is high-elevation alpine forest. Trail is well-maintained but very rocky.

WEATHER is high near 80°F, gusting as much as 30 mph in the afternoon. See the detailed forecast at the NWS.

AFTERWARDS

MEET for carpool at:

• Las Cruces: 8:00 am, K-Mart parking lot on North Main/US 70 and Del Rey, near Shell. GPS: [masked]°N,[masked]°W (see on Google Maps, OpenStreetMap, USGS topo map).
• El Paso: 7:30 am, Walmart at Transmountain/US 54 at the west-most parking lot towards US 54. See map (Google Maps).
• Cloudcroft: 9:30 am, park at Mountaintop Mercantile (or what was formerly known as Mountaintop Mercantile) and walk across the street to Allsup's. GPS: [masked]°N,[masked]°W (see on Google Maps, OpenStreetMap, USGS topo map)

MORE information:

GPS track

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  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm over at the meeting place for the El Paso group (Otero Electric) across the street ...no one here yet so please someone leg me know when you arrive

    June 7, 2014

  • Gus

    Sorry folks, family emergency, no go; have a great time!

    June 7, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I live in Alamogordo, so will meet up in Cloudcroft

    June 7, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hey guys! this is my first time to join an event on meetup in Las Cruces. As I don't have car and my place is near the NMSU campus could anyone give us (me and my wife) a ride?

    June 6, 2014

  • John

    I will be joining the EP group.

    June 2, 2014

  • jody M.

    Steve- I'll be camping there-will meet u at Allsups.

    June 2, 2014

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