It is Labor Day weekend! No work nor hard hike is for this weekend. Partying is the essence of the day.
In case you are going to feel guilty for gobbling down at the party, we will do a pretentious hike at Soledad Canyon to ease that feeling.
This is an easy hike that most hikers can handle. And again, it's an excuse for you to be at Steve's party.
You may simply do the hike, or skip the hike and go to the party directly.
We will walk the established loop trail in Soledad/Bar Canyon. The waterfall should be running big this particular time.
The end time of the hike is the beginning time of the grill party at Steve's house. Feel free to bring anything you want to put on the grill, and any beverage you want to drink. Or just bring yourself.
If you want to go home wash the sweat from the hike and dress pretty for the party, it's your choice. Another choice is to go directly from the hike to Steve's house. (Like, for example, you are from El Paso, and going home for a shower is not that convenient.) But you still want to have a shower, and/or change. Then you are welcome to bring your changing clothes and take a shower at Steve's house.
Plenty of hikers can testify not only that Steve has morphed into a good hike leader, he's also opened up his house for the after hike parties and be a welcoming, hearty host. There's precedence that his guest bedroom being borrowed overnight for sobering up purposes.
So, let's go party at Steve's house!
DISTANCE is about 3 mi. loop.
ELEVATION GAIN is ~500'.
FEES: None. Of course, if you carpool, please compensate your driver for gas!
DURATION: Finish by late morning.
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 beginner/intermediate.
TERRAIN maintained trail.
WEATHER is sunny and hot. It is going to be in the higher 90s as high. So, bring plenty of drinking water
AFTERWARDS BBQ/POTLUCK AT STEVE'S HOUSE
MEET for carpool at:
Las Cruces: 8:00 am, in/outside Milagro Coffee at Pan Am Plaza. GPS:[masked]°N,[masked]°W (http://www.meetup.com/las-cruces-hiking/events/116974752/geo:32.287339,-106.745122) (see on Google Maps (http://maps.google.com/?q=32.287339,-106.745122&z=18), OpenStreetMap (http://www.openstreetmap.org/?mlat=32.287339&mlon=-106.745122&zoom=18), USGS topo map (http://mapper.acme.com/?ll=32.287339,-106.745122&marker0=32.287339,-106.745122&z=18))
Soledad Canyon Day Use Area trail head: 8:20 am. GPS:[masked]°N,[masked]°W (http://www.meetup.com/las-cruces-hiking/events/116974752/geo:32.30435,-106.59356) (see on Google Maps (http://maps.google.com/?q=32.30435,-106.59356&z=18), OpenStreetMap (http://www.openstreetmap.org/?mlat=32.30435&mlon=-106.59356&zoom=18), USGS topo map (http://mapper.acme.com/?ll=32.30435,-106.59356&marker0=32.30435,-106.59356&z=18))