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.