It's really hot this week. Rather than hiking in the intense sun & heat, we'll be spending this evening over on the east side of the Organs, hiking in the shade. It will get dark quickly—please bring a headlamp and/or flashlight!
For the first ⅓s of this hike, we'll be walking plain old Pine Tree Loop, walking clockwise. Pine Tree Loop starts in the high upper desert and takes you into the pine trees & junipers; it's surprising how many people from El Paso and Las Cruces don't know the pine trees are so close!
At that point, we'll go off the maintained trail down an ancient connector trail connecting Pine Tree Loop to Indian Hollow. The trail is described in Greg Magee's Day Hikes & Nature Walks in the Las Cruces & El Paso Area book, but you should note that the book was published in 1999 and the trail looks as if it hadn't been used since then. Please dress appropriately (long pants, gaiters, etc) and if you have garden shears/clippers, please bring them and help bring this trail back into use!
Note: we've actually been doing the route described above in reverse. I'll update this description one day…
Unlike last year, we will actually go to a happy hour this time. De La Vega's Pecan grill has $1 off pints, margaritas, etc from 9 pm onwards.
The GPS track posted below has a map of the trail and how it connects to the Indian Hollow trail.
Further information TBA; please ask questions in the comments.
DISTANCE is ~3–4 mi, loop.
ELEVATION GAIN is ~500 ft gained.
FEES: $5/vehicle, paid at the trailhead If you have a Federal Lands Pass, please bring them; they are accepted here. Of course, if you carpool, please compensate your driver for gas!
DURATION: Finish by 9 pm (hopefully no later).
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 *NOT* that beginner friendly, but if you're a beginner you can definitely do this and will be glad you did.
TERRAIN well-maintained trail, as well as an "ancient" un-maintained trail. Will be walking over prickly desert plants, ducking under overgrowth, etc on that portion.
WEATHER is TBA.
AFTERWARDS we'll be grabbing drinks in Las Cruces at De La Vega's Pecan Brewery (9 pm).
MEET for carpool at:
• Las Cruces: 5:45 pm, K-Mart parking lot on North Main/US 70 and Del Rey, near Shell. See map (OpenStreetMap (http://www.openstreetmap.org/?mlat=32.35083&mlon=-106.76538&zoom=17&layers=M) or Google Maps (http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&source=s_q&hl=en&geocode=&q=32.35083,-106.76538&aq=&sll=32.2563,-106.7&sspn=0.015497,0.018582&ie=UTF8&ll=32.351135,-106.768591&spn=0.00774,0.01502&t=h&z=17)). We plan to leave no later than 6 pm—please do not be late!
• El Paso: Please meet us in Las Cruces.
• Pine Tree Loop trailhead: 6:20 pm.
• GPS track for Pine Tree Loop (http://www.gpsies.com/map.do?fileId=zvybslbgpjxomavl) (not the exact route we'll be taking)