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. We try to make it back before Dark but we haven't had much luck doing so..—please bring a headlamp and/or flashlight Just in Case!
We'll be doing the Pine Tree Loop Trail at Aguirre Springs (not the Indian Hollow connecting trail we usually do on Thursdays). The trail is longer than the usual route, so mind that we must keep pace to make it back by dark.
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 5 mi, loop.
ELEVATION GAIN is ~1000 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. Be prepared to restrain your Dog if necessary. Bring a proper leash, and If you'd like to unleash, ask others before you do so.
SKILL LEVEL is reasonably beginner friendly. Mind the pace we need to keep to make it back by dark.
TERRAIN well-maintained trail.
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: 6:30 pm.
• GPS track for Pine Tree Loop (http://www.gpsies.com/map.do?fileId=zvybslbgpjxomavl)