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Cookes Peak - Luna County Highpoint

This hike is approximately 10 miles round-trip with 3,000' of elevation gain, and should take us 6-8 hours to complete.

NOTE TO ATTENDEES: Given the remoteness and difficulty of this hike, (1) please consider your overall fitness level to ensure you're adequately prepared both physically and mentally, and (2) you should already be familiar with how your body responds to a physical challenge of this degree: At 10 miles and 3,000' of gain, this is a big day, even for experienced hikers, and Cookes is not the place to "give it a shot" -- You should already be confident prior to signup.

We'll be meeting at Milagro at 7AM and heading just north of Deming to the trail head; driving time is roughly 90 minutes. FYI: THERE IS A BORDER PATROL CHECKPOINT.

Many of you may not know of Cookes peak even after having driven by it many times on I-10. Cookes is the high-point of Luna county located just north of Deming. It has a spire-like summit which looks very impressive from below; however the hike itself is attainable for anyone in good shape who is willing to do a bit of moderate scrambling to reach the summit. The views from atop allow one to see over a dozen mountain ranges including into Mexico and Arizona!

The hike itself begins with 2.5 miles of jeep road, before turning into a canyon that heads towards the ridge. The canyon hiking is not well established at times, but it is not as strenuous as many Organ hikes. There is some scrambling required as you near the summit.

Bring plenty of water, snacks, sun protection, and an adventurous spirit!

For a blog entry with pictures, check this out:

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  • Carol B.

    Eleven people and one dog hiked five and a half hours and almost five miles to the top of Cookes Peak. Thanks to Tim, Joe, and Kurt for driving their high clearence vehicles and delivering us closer to the trial head. Great hike, Ryan.

    2 · May 18, 2014

  • Gus

    I'm so sorry to do this last minute and be "that guy" but I've been dealing with a family emergency which I figured would've been handled by thus time but alas...I'm still here...I'm not going to make it. Apologies to everyone but have a safe hike and bring me a slice of pizza on the way back!

    May 17, 2014

  • Ryan C.

    ALSO: If anyone has 4x4 we can potentially shave 3.5 miles off this hike by driving up the jeep trail and starting from the advanced trailhead. We already have one jeep going, but it won't work unless we have 2+.

    May 15, 2014

    • Joe

      I can take a Bronco. If it makes it from Fabens TX to Deming the last 3.5 miles should be a piece of cake.

      1 · May 16, 2014

    • Ryan C.

      sounds good

      May 16, 2014

  • Ryan C.

    Please read the updated description as I've added a cautionary note. Also: Those who consider themselves to be in truly "good" shape will have an awesome day at Cookes. But if you've never walked more than 5 miles out in the mountains, this may not be a safe fit.

    May 15, 2014

    • Gus

      What about if you have walked 4.5 and rolled the rest of the way...i have experience in that :D

      2 · May 15, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Any park entry fees?

    1 · May 15, 2014

    • Ryan C.

      No. It's actually not located in a park; it's on BLM land. We've done this hike 3x already, and we'll plan to park in the same location as before (and probably stop for pizza at the same place as usual, as well).

      May 15, 2014

  • Ryan

    Looks like a great hike. Anyone carpooling?

    1 · May 14, 2014

    • Ryan C.

      Hey, yeah! We're planning to coordinate the carpool once we're in the parking lot on Saturday morning.

      2 · May 14, 2014

  • Robert H.

    Would like to do this one to see what I missed in the fog on same hike last fall, but, alas, I'll be out of town.

    May 14, 2014

    • Ryan C.

      That last one was a beaut, though.

      May 14, 2014

  • Gus

    Had I not a birthday party that needs attending this peak would make my list of "Mountains that Tried and Failed to Defeat Me"...the name is still a work in progress

    May 14, 2014

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