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The Narrows

 The Narrows is named after the narrowest point of Fillmore Canyon of about 50 feet wide. With cliffs of 300 feet on both sides, leaning towards each other on the top, it is quite a unique view.

We will park at the visitor center, walk half mile on Crawford Trails to Modoc Mine. We will enter the gate, get on Fillmore Canyon Trail, take the right fork (south fork) to climb up the slope on the right of the canyon. We will look down at the waterfall 150 feet below us. This particular time, the waterfall is running big. The morning sun plays in the mist of the waterfall, gives it all the colors of a rainbow.

 The trail runs through oaks, pinons, alligator junipers, and assortment of desert vegetation. This summer, the Organ Mountains is a lush green, with wild flowers blooming.

We will cross the stream in the Canyon once.

We will take breaks as needed for photo taking, hydration or snacking. And we will take a longer break right at the Narrows to give everybody ample time to admire the beauty of it.

Expect 4 miles, with 500 ft. of elevation gain.

Meet at:

Las Cruces: At 7:30 am, in/outside Milagro's Coffee at Pan Am Plaza. See map (OpenStreetMap or Google Maps).

Dripping Springs Visitor Center: 7:45 am, from where we'll go down to the Fillmore Canyon trailhead.

Fees: $3/vehicle. If you've a BLM or Golden Age pass, please bring it.

More information:

Trail map on OpenStreetMap w/ topography

GPS track

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  • Raena

    One of the previous hikes in this area listed the milage at 6.5 and 1800 ft elevation gain. I think Linda had a final mileage at 8.9. Either way we hiked a good distance and elevation gain. Felt like the end point was worth the trip. Maybe we can do it agin in the winter when the trail will not be as overgrown (hopefully).

    1 · August 25, 2014

    • Samat

      I'd like to see the GPS track, if you have it. The GPS track posted in the description goes much farther than The Narrows and was 9 mi—how did you get to 8.9 if you hadn't gone that far?

      August 28, 2014

    • Raena

      no GPS, was taken on pedometer. (at least I don't think anyone had a GPS track going expect Bill and he left early).

      August 28, 2014

  • Yvonne D.

    My first hike with the group was totally awesome. Thanks everyone -- I felt your encouragement to get to the destination which was well worth it. The Narrows was beautiful and so was everything on the way.

    1 · August 26, 2014

  • Traci

    Many thanks to Steve and Raena for their great leadership skills in circumnavigating that big @$& rattler that James (our hero) discovered along our journey! Now I know what a really angry rattler sounds like up close! Really fun group to hike the 4 (8) mile trip to the Narrows with. Raena, thanks for walking me down the Cliff of Terror that "no names" (Steve) told me did not exist! Okay, Mr. "nice, easy hike!" :). Great pics, all you brave photographers!

    2 · August 25, 2014

  • Chris

    Thank you Steve and Raena for the hike. Thanks to the young lady who helped me up the rocks and the people who did not laugh....ha ha.

    Hope you all have a good rest of the weekend.

    1 · August 24, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Is everyone meeting at the visitors center? Any one at the coffee shop?

    August 24, 2014

    • Gus

      Hey James, we're all at the la cueva picnic area already, we're about to hit the trail if you still want to come! :)

      August 24, 2014

  • Traci

    I'll meet you at the visitors center.

    August 24, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hello, this is the first time for me so I am lolling for anyone in the group. I'm sitting in the coffee shop now, please introduce yourself if you see me - I have a red shirt on.

    August 24, 2014

  • Lindsay A.

    I have to bail last minute too. Have fun everyone!

    August 24, 2014

  • Amanda

    Sorry for the last minute cancelation, woke up with a sore throat and terrible headache :(

    August 24, 2014

  • Chris

    Will meet everyone at the visitor center.

    August 23, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    How long will be hiking? I mean what time we will be back?

    August 23, 2014

    • steven

      around 3:00 pm

      August 23, 2014

  • Lindsay A.

    I will meet you guys at the visitor center at 7:45

    August 18, 2014

    • Samat

      The visitors center doesn't open till 8, and is at least an extra 1.5 mi from the Fillmore Trail. Why are we meeting there?

      August 22, 2014

    • Lindsay A.

      I will just make it easy & meet at Milagro's with everyone else :)

      August 22, 2014

  • Amanda

    Anyone have seats available?

    August 20, 2014

    • Pauline M.

      They're that is

      August 21, 2014

    • Amanda

      I like to have things planned out in advance, so as to save time and ensure a speedy departure instead of milling around trying to figure things out

      August 21, 2014

  • Amanda

    Oh! I was also wondering if I will need water shoes or will this be a mostly dry hike?

    August 21, 2014

    • steven

      mostly dry

      August 21, 2014

    • Amanda

      K, thanks :)

      August 21, 2014

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