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Sierra Vista Trail

Sierra Vista Trail is a 32-mile from north end at Dripping Springs Road to the south end in Tom Mays Park. It is on the west mesa of Organ-Franklin mountain range. It is largely flat, with slight ups and downs in and out of arroyos. It is well maintained and marked. It is a perfect trail for beginner hikers and beginner mountain bikers.

 This Sunday, we will hike portion of the trail. We will start at the parking lot at Soledad Canyon Road and head south, and hike the most hiked portion of this trail. On the right hand side (going south) of trail, there are beautiful mile markers of stones on the ground. So besides following the cairns and official trail markers, please peel your eyes for these elegantly decorated mile markers. With the expectation of the markers, the no-drama hike turns to be interesting, and a perfect practice for beginner hikers for trail tracing.

 Please seek out the mile markers, and we may turn around at mile marker 4, and that would make the round trip 8 miles. Another option would be turning around at the wire fence gate. Since the gate is somewhere between the 3 mile marker and the 4, that makes the roundtrip around 7?

It is definitely a far cry from walking on pavement, but still, it's obviously an easy hike.

The weather is going to be perfect, the high is in the lower 60s (I always have confidence in the climatologist).

Meet us at Milagros Café at 8:00am or 8:30am at Sierra Vista Trail trailhead at Soledad Canyon Road.


DISTANCE 8 miles

ELEVATION GAIN ~500'

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

DURATION: Finish by late morning/early afternoon.

PET FRIENDLY? yes

SKILL LEVEL beginner friendly.

TERRAIN  - a little rocky so hiking boots are preferred.

WEATHER is sunny with high in the lower 60s.

AFTERWARDS  up for a vote

MEET for carpool 8:00am at:

Milagro Coffee

1733 East University Avenue, Las Cruces, NM

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  • Valentina

    It was great to meet you on Sunday! Shad and I enjoyed the hike although we didn't want to go the full thing when we ran out of water, so we turned back. See you next time :)

    January 26, 2015

  • steven

    I'm only going about 5 miles round trip, Yuboa,Pauline are going the entire length so don't let the description scare you from hiking on Sunday, also dog friendly.

    January 21, 2015

    • Pauline M.

      I am hiking the whole thing? LOL

      January 24, 2015

    • Pauline M.

      Ryan you can walk, run, crawl, or rescue people. Anything you want!

      1 · January 24, 2015

  • Chris

    Will meet everyone at the trail head.

    January 22, 2015

  • A former member
    A former member

    I have just started back hiking (this week) and am hoping to do a large portion of this trail by spring. Great timing to get me inspired. And I hope to hike with the group soon.

    January 20, 2015

    • Yubao

      Welcome to come and join us this Sunday then.

      January 20, 2015

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