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Waterfall Canyon, Yellow Ridge by Pena Blanca

This hike is an excuse to go BBQing at Steve's house! So, after the hike, we will make a beeline there! Bring your alcohol. If you choose to bring your own meat too, that should be fine with the host.

This hike is in the southern end of the Organs, in the Pena Blanca area. We will hike up a canyon of dry waterfalls, walk along the ridgeline, and come back down a yellow rock formation.

This hike is half on trail, half off trail. It is a medium level hike.

Bring at least one gallon of drinking water.

DISTANCE is 5-6 miles loop.

ELEVATION GAIN is ~1000–1200 ft.

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

DURATION: Finish by early afternoon.

PET FRIENDLY? Not particularly; be prepared to hoist your pet up waterfalls. Bring a muzzle (you shouldn't need be told to bring a leash).

SKILL LEVEL is Medium to Difficult

TERRAIN is off-terrain with high desert brush, with some rock scrambling.Please bring appropriate gear.

WEATHER Sunny and hot. Please bring plenty of drinking water!

AFTERWARDS We go partying at Steve's house!

MEET for carpool at:

  • Las Cruces: 7:30 am, Milagro's Coffee.
  • El Paso: 7:00 am, I-10 and Transmountain Road Shell. Meet and park at the gravel parking lot to the west of the gas station. See map (OpenStreetMap or Google Maps). Note: your organizer is not meeting here, please self-organize!
  • Mesquite exit 151 on Interstate 10, on east side of freeway at 7:40 am.
  • Mossman Arroyo Trailhead: ~8 am.

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  • Rosario R.

    Yes! Name the hike and I will bring the drinks.

    June 15, 2014

  • Rosario R.

    A JEEP that can jump, twist and turn over an arroyo with super serious uneven terrain will impress me any time and besides it was a total blast driving in the HWY. Listening to the thousands of sounds blasting from all directions.

    June 15, 2014

  • jody M.

    Steve this was a GREAT way to spend my honorary birthday! That was a seriously awesome pasta salad. Thanks for planning everything, the cake and the special trip to Pena Blanca! Thanks for the great time all :)

    1 · June 15, 2014

  • Joe

    Rosario it seems like the junkier the vehicle I drive the more impressed you are, but I will take you up on those drinks. Steve thanks for hosting the hike and the BBQ. I cant imagine such a good cook still being single.

    June 15, 2014

  • Rosario R.

    Steve

    Thanks so much for hosting this great hike I had a wonderful time and thanks for the delicious barbecue!

    1 · June 15, 2014

  • Rosario R.

    WOOOOW! Talking about arriving with great fanfare and style to the hiking trails. Only JOE can manage something like that. THE BEST JEEP IN TOWN TO GET TO THE HIKING TRAILS. Let's do it again I will bring the drinks :)

    2 · June 15, 2014

  • Rosario R.

    Jody,
    We meet at Star Bucks at 6:30am

    June 14, 2014

    • jody M.

      wont make it in time-see you at TH-Thnx

      June 14, 2014

  • Gus

    I've decided to celebrate Fathers' Day a day early with my pops so I'm going to have to drop out of this. Sorry to keep doing this to everybody, it's a busy summer

    June 12, 2014

  • Pauline M.

    Aren't high clearance vehicles required to get to area? I have been hiking around that area.?

    June 9, 2014

    • Samat

      No. Don't bring your sports car w/ low-profile tires but any other vehicle will be fine.

      June 10, 2014

  • Yubao

    The Mesquite exit 151 is closed. The overpass is under construction. If you are coming from Las Cruces, from Milagros, take University East, pass I25, turn right on Las Alturas st., go all the way to Mesquite; from El Paso, take Vado exit on I10 and get on Las Alturas.

    June 10, 2014

  • Yubao

    To help you better assess your personal hiking capabilities matching the difficulty level of this hike, here's a route tracked by a hiker on a previous hike: http://www.gpsies.com/map.do?fileId=ktptxvguvpvfkplr

    June 9, 2014

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