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South Rabbit Ear - Organ Mountains

This is a "Celebration of Our Mountains" event that will allow those of you looking for a challenging adventure to stand atop the southern-most Rabbit Ear in the Organ Mountains. 

The hike is about 7 miles round trip with 3000' of elevation gain; it will take us approximately 8 hours.

Plan to meet at K-Mart at 7:30am for carpooling or at the trailhead at 8:00am. If you won't be carpooling, please let us know (via comments below or text).

The Rabbit Ears Canyon is one of the most beautiful canyons in the Organs, straight shot up rock cliffs, jagged and threatening, with variety of rock formations and hues of color resulting from different mineral components. Huge sections of the arroyo bed are simple granite rock, solid and clean, an ideal terrain for canyon lovers. 

We'll park and begin at the entrance of the jeep road (just off Baylor Canyon Rd.), walk past Topp's rock hut and the nearby ruby mine; hike into Rabbit Ears Canyon; navigate boulders, dry waterfalls, and granite slabs while ascending to the saddle between Middle and South Rabbit Ear. 

In classic Organ Mountain hiking fashion, some of this route will include following a primitive trail and bushwhacking is never to be ruled out. From the top we'll enjoy views of the surrounding peaks and the White Sands National Monument.

A strenuous hike even by Organ Mountain standards that will require short stretches of exposed, steep scrambling just before the summit. As with any high-desert hike, dress appropriately with long sleeves and pants, sun protection, gloves may come in handy, and plenty of water (5L) and salty snacks to replenish your electrolytes.

If you are in a good physical shape, don't mind a bit of heights, and are looking for an adventure to the top of one of the Organ Mountain's Desert Peaks, we will see you there!

Use the comments section below for any questions.

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  • Neysa

    Thank you Ryan for an awesome hike!! And thank you to the entire group---everyone was super nice and positive. Hope to see you all again on the mountain. Namaste

    2 · September 14, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thanks Ryan for hosting an outstanding hike/ scramble. And thank you to all of the Jornada peeps for your hospitality... Just a fabulous group of people.

    3 · September 14, 2014

  • Robert H.

    Great hike. Toughest one I've done (a little out of shape didn't help), but all made it.

    4 · September 13, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    What time we going be back to Las Cruces? It will take approximately 8 hours only for hiking, right? I need to know because I have to be back in El Paso by 7pm.

    September 12, 2014

    • Ryan C.

      Yubao's right. 8 hrs is the estimate, but it depends on the group. You're welcome to hike ahead on the way down if you're pressed for time.

      September 12, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Got it. Thank you...Yubao, thank you; it sounds like a compliment from you. :))

      September 12, 2014

  • Ryan C.

    Any last minute questions, concerns, or want to double-check anything or ask what to bring, you're welcome to text or call me @[masked] or Yubao @[masked]

    September 12, 2014

  • steven

    Going to 3 rivers to camp

    1 · September 12, 2014

  • Robert H.

    Will meet all at the start of the jeep road to the rock house just off Baylor canyon road. Will camp in the immediate area the night before.

    September 7, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I've climbed the Organ Needles five or six times. How does this Rabbit Ears hike compare to the Needles hike? The one picture with the red circle leads me to believe that it is more exposed. Yes, heights cause me undue stress. That said, I am interested.

    September 2, 2014

    • Yubao

      I do believe the red circle was me. And the picture was taken on another Organ hike. I climbed the needle about 30 times, and Rabbit Ear South a few. They are about the same difficulty level.

      September 2, 2014

    • Ryan C.

      The picture is from South Rabbit Ear shortly before the summit. Exposure in my opinion is greater with SRE, but it's comparable.

      September 3, 2014

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