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 (http://www.openstreetmap.org/?mlat=31.907703&mlon=-106.581483&zoom=18&layers=M) or Google Maps (http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&source=s_q&hl=en&geocode=&q=31.907703,-106.581483&aq=&sll=31.907128,-106.581379&sspn=0.001874,0.001261&ie=UTF8&ll=31.9077,-106.581931&spn=0.001874,0.002693&t=h&z=19)). 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.