Red House Mountain is located east of I-25 at the Hatch Exit. The peak of Red House stands at about 6,000 ft. This will be on leisurely off trail hike in the high desert, with some scrambling up dry waterfalls, scree, cactus and bushwhacking. Most of the hike will be in the arroyos surrounding the peak. There are amazing rock formations in the arroyos and an old mine to explore. The view from the top of the peak is beautiful. It will be a warm day and we will take breaks as needed.
I would recommend bring a higher clearance vehicle, or a 4x4. There is a short section of road which has large rocks and holes.
After the hike we can have lunch at Sparky's in Hatch before heading home.
TO BRING: Please bring plenty of water, food, hiking poles, hat, sunscreen, camera, appropriate footwear, long pants, and documentation for border patrol checkpoint (if needed).
DISTANCE: is ~3.5 mi
ELEVATION GAIN: is ~1000 ft gained to the top of the peak
FEES: None, but if you carpool please compensate your driver.
DURATION: at least 3.5 hours. Finish hike by early afternoon. Lunch after will probably put us back in LC by 3 or 3:30.
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. Please remember this is an off trail hike, so bring booties if needed for your dog.
SKILL LEVEL: is moderate; there are rough sections and moderate elevation gains, along with scree
TERRAIN: Sandy arroyo, rocky arroyo, scree, ect.
WEATHER: High of 80 and slightly windy.
AFTERWARDS: Lunch at Sparky's in Hatch
MEET for carpool at:
• Las Cruces: 8:00 am, K-Mart parking lot on North Main/US 70 and Del Rey, near Shell. GPS:[masked]°N,[masked]°W (http://www.meetup.com/las-cruces-hiking/events/120102702/geo:32.35083,-106.76538) (see onGoogle Maps (http://maps.google.com/?q=32.35083,-106.76538&z=18), OpenStreetMap (http://www.openstreetmap.org/?mlat=32.35083&mlon=-106.76538&zoom=18), USGS topo map (http://mapper.acme.com/?ll=32.35083,-106.76538&marker0=32.35083,-106.76538&z=18))