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Three Rivers, by way of Barber Ridge and Goat Canyon [exploratory]

It's too hot around Las Cruces. This hike heads up to high altitude (topping out at just below 10,000 ft) and is mostly in the shade and cool mountain air.

I've done all of the approaches up to the Crest Trail from Three Rivers except for the Barbar Ridge/Goat Canyon route. Both of these trails are a bit out of the way and are not used much. Once we get to the top of the ridgeline, we'll be walking along the Crest and Three Rivers trails, which are heavily trafficked. All of these trails are forest service trails, though since I've not been on some of them I don't know their condition.

Route:

• Start at Three Rivers Trail (T44), walk less than ¼ mi
• Meet the Barbar Ridge Trail (T49), walk 1.5 mi
• Meet the Goat Canyon Trail (T47), walk up to the ridgeline 2.5 mi
• Meet the Crest Trail (T25), walk south along ridge, up White Horse Hill, for about 2 mi
• Meet top end of Three Rivers Trail, and head back down to cars (6.1 mi)

Total hike is on the order of 12.5 mi.

I have not done this particular route before, but have been both the start and end of it. If we encounter lightning, we will abort the route immediately and back down the treeline.

Please bring adequate food and water (it will definitely be wet everywhere, but I'm unsure whether we'll encounter anything that is running).

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DISTANCE is ~12.5 mi round-trip.

ELEVATION GAIN is ~4000 ft gained, topping 10,000 ft.

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

DURATION: All day, but back to cars before dark. Please do not expect less!

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* beginner friendly. No whiners!

TERRAIN is (mostly) well-maintained forest service trail, trekking through high desert and alpine forest. At the top of the ridgeline is exposed, mountain tundra and grassland.

WEATHER is 20% chance of rain (which means it's a definite). Check the weather at the trail head.

ROAD CONDITION is paved until Three Rivers (town) on US 54. We'll turn onto a maintained dirt road for 17 mi to the trail head. Road is rough but otherwise 2WD friendly.

AFTERWARDS we may stop for dinner in Tularosa, if we finish early enough (Tulie Cafe?).

MEET for carpool at:

• Las Cruces: 7:30 am, K-Mart parking lot on North Main/US 70 and Del Rey, near Shell. GPS:[masked]°N,[masked]°W (see on Google Maps, OpenStreetMap, USGS topo map).

• Tularosa Travel Center/Shell: 8:30 am. GPS: [masked]°N,[masked]°W (see on Google Maps, OpenStreetMap, USGS topo map)

• Three Rivers Campground: 9:30 am. GPS: [masked]°N,[masked]°W (see on Google Maps, OpenStreetMap, USGS topo map). Do NOT meet here if you don't know where it is!

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  • Samat

    GPS track: http://www.gpsies.com/map.do?fileId=lpnhmxyodgifzzmu 10.9 mi, 2960 ft gained

    August 1, 2014

  • Rosario R.

    Nice!

    August 1, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I had so much fun on this trip :]

    1 · July 29, 2014

  • Rosario R.

    Elma, Lucy and Austin
    I hope you all are doing great.

    July 29, 2014

  • Rosario R.

    Elma, Lucy, and Austin

    Congratulations to you all for your accomplishment. This was a serious and intense hike. The burger did tasted incredible delicious after all the workout.

    See you all on the trails soon!
    RR.
    :)

    July 29, 2014

  • Rosario R.

    My vision was rivers spilling down hill with great force I even got my water sandals. This is the first hike that I manage to run completely out of water and to get lost.
    WOOOW! I will sign up again. What a hike! The views were incredible beautiful and it was a super challenging hike.
    Thanks a million Samat!
    See you soon.
    RR.

    July 29, 2014

  • Pauline M.

    Me too but not the 18 mile version...

    1 · July 28, 2014

  • Rosario R.

    WOW! What a hike ....awesome. I want to do it again.

    July 28, 2014

  • Samat

    I've moved the start times back a few minutes. We are meeting at 7:30 am at K-Mart tomorrow, leaving at 7:35 SHARP. Sorry for the late change!

    July 27, 2014

  • Samat

    Chance of rain is holding at 20% ­— the hike looks good for tomorrow. If any last minute questions/comments/etc please drop me a text (preferred) or call [masked]-3020. See everyone tomorrow morning!

    1 · July 26, 2014

  • Gus

    The trail down is really a pain in the ass (it never ends) but I'm all for it if we drop by Tulie Cafe again...

    July 23, 2014

    • Pauline M.

      More like pain I the knees ...

      July 23, 2014

  • Pauline M.

    Exploratory? Does this mean we are trail blazing? All have the word trail behind the names except White Horse Hill.

    July 23, 2014

    • Samat

      All of these are forest service trails. It's "exploratory" because I have not been on Barber Ridge or Goat Canyon trails, so I don't know how maintained they are.

      July 23, 2014

    • Pauline M.

      Means long sleeved psnts

      July 23, 2014

  • Eugene O.

    Samat, great idea on the hike. Weather is to extreme in the flat land. Was wanting to meet your party in either Alamagordo or at the 3-rivers parking area. Could have room if anyone wants to travel from El Paso?[masked]

    July 23, 2014

    • Samat

      Instead of Alamogordo, let's meet at the Tularosa Travel Center just south of Tularosa. Map in the description (which I've updated).

      July 23, 2014

    • Eugene O.

      See you at 8:15 am. I will probably have another hiker with me.

      July 23, 2014

  • Amanda

    As with most out of town hikes, I will need a ride. Please let me know if anyone plans on having extra seats available.

    July 23, 2014

    • Samat

      Shouldn't be a problem.

      July 23, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Any idea the elevation gain here and the trail conditions (groomed, boondocks, steep hillsides). I do see you haven't done this particular route before but do you have any of that specific info?

    July 22, 2014

    • Yubao

      This route has been done a few times before.

      July 22, 2014

    • Samat

      Er, I have NOT done the Goat Canyon route, at least. Which is why I'm doing it.

      July 22, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    is this Three Rivers north of Alamogordo off Hwy 54?

    July 22, 2014

    • Samat

      Yes, that's the town. The trail head is 17 mi east of there.

      July 22, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      I have been on parts of that trail....just don't think I could do 12 miles right now.

      July 22, 2014

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