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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 8:30 am, in/outside Milagro's Coffee at Pan Am Plaza. See map (OpenStreetMap or Google Maps).

Dripping Springs Visitor Center: 8:45 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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  • Valentina

    Joe, the pictures are beautiful! Thank you for sharing.

    1 · February 8, 2015

  • A former member
    A former member

    I was hoping that I could enjoy my time with all of you! But it seems that the pain I had since yesterday is actually a fracture in my foot. I hope that I'll join you soon on another future one. Tomorrow I'm going to have some X-rays. I wish you good times.

    February 5, 2015

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thank you Valentina. It's going to take few weeks. I hope you had a great Saturday!

      February 8, 2015

    • Valentina

      It was great but I am also a mess after that hike :)

      February 8, 2015

  • Joseph Y.

    Photos are uploading to Flickr. They will be at http://bit.ly/1DshbyG but it will take a few hours for all of them to appear.

    February 7, 2015

  • Joseph Y.

    Some people were asking about the phone app. It is My Tracks, available in the Google Play store. Here you can see the track that it produces: https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B8fzDSXH9sYMN2RiWmR0cXlZWXc/edit

    February 7, 2015

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry for being late, we'll be at visitor center at 9.

    February 7, 2015

  • Valentina

    Steven, my ride is late but we should be there in 10

    February 7, 2015

  • A former member
    A former member

    Can't make it this morning after all, will try to do Baylor Canyon instead. I want to walk with my dog.

    February 7, 2015

  • Chris

    Will be at the visitor center. No dogs since this is part of Dripping Springs? Thanks.

    February 5, 2015

    • Samat

      No dogs in Dripping Springs Natural Area, including the trails. You could sneak around the protected area, but while there are trails it'll add an addtl 5 mi.

      February 6, 2015

    • Valentina

      Thanks for clarification !

      February 6, 2015

  • Chris

    4 miles one way or round trip? Thank you.

    February 6, 2015

    • Samat

      I'm really sure this is close to 6–7 mi round-trip… Lower Fillmore Canyon itself is 1.4 mi from La Cueva, and The Narrows is definitely more than 0.6 mi from there.

      February 6, 2015

  • steven

    I think its round trip

    February 6, 2015

  • steven

    early afternoon

    February 4, 2015

  • allen d.

    What time do you think you will be done, and back to parking lot?

    February 4, 2015

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