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Organ Needle

The Organ Needle is the highest peak in the Organs, with the altitude of 9012'. The round trip of the hike is about 8 miles, with elevation gain of close to 4000'. It takes about 10 hours.

4000' of climbing within 4 miles is very steep. As a matter of fact, the first half is on relatively easy terrain, which means that the most elevation gain is concentrated towards the second half.


Extremely difficult, poses challenges that are physical/spiritual/mental/psychological.

Please assess your own capability of doing it.

Meet us at Milagro Coffee at 7:30 am; or, at La Cueva picnic area parking lot at Dripping Spring of Organ Mountains and Desert Peaks National Monument at 8:00 am.

Questions or concerns, please text or call Yubao @ 5755202969.

The following picture is Samat's GPS track of the route.

 

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  • James

    Yes, when? Sadly, I was unable to make the last... I really wanted to attend. Major schedule conflict... Happy for you guys, but truly bummed

    August 15, 2015

  • Stacia

    Hi! When do you think this hike will be organized again? This is my dream hike (I know I'm not alone in that) and I'd love to have the opportunity to do it.

    August 15, 2015

  • Yubao

    3 brave hikers took on the adventure, then we picked up 4 youngsters at the saddle on the ridge, and thus my plus 4. It was a good, memorable hike. Nice weather. It was a bit hot the first hour or two after we started around 8:30. On the way down, it's overcast in the late afternoon, and a steady breeze was a huge help too. All seven made to the top without any difficulty.

    1 · June 1, 2015

  • Yubao

    Please bring a gallon and half of drinking water. It's going to be a hot day, and long day too. Bring sunscreens and wear a hat.

    May 30, 2015

  • James

    Are there any special gear or provisions anyone would suggest? Don't think I' m feeling that rope unless someone can attest to its rigging ... Swallow... :-)

    May 30, 2015

    • Yubao

      No gear is absolutely necessary except sturdy hiking boots.

      May 30, 2015

  • Vanessa M.

    Hello, when do you tHink you'll be doing this hike again. After reading reviews I don't think I'm properly prepared gear wise; my hiking boots are back home and it sounds like there is some loose terrain?

    May 30, 2015

    • Yubao

      The whole hike is described in McGee's trail book as the most difficult day hike in Southern New Mexico and West Texas area. Of course, quite some people do not agree. However, it is a very challenging hike. It is your own call. Keep in mind, one option is to turn around with Pauline and probably other hikers at Juniper Saddle. Even reaching Juniper Saddle by itself is quite an impressive hike.

      May 30, 2015

  • cindy

    I didn't quite make it to top last time
    Will anyone bring ropes for that iffy
    Part near the top ?

    May 29, 2015

    • Yubao

      Last time we went up there, there was a rope hanging down. But I don't think it would be much help unless the rope is properly rigged.

      May 29, 2015

    • Pauline M.

      Cindy, you can make it if some one will help you with the first step. The two times I went up that iffy part, some one assisted me with a foot hold. If I can do it ,you can do it. (With help).

      May 30, 2015

  • Yubao

    A couple of the hikers will turn around at Juniper Saddle. So, if you are not sure about your capability of making the whole hike, there's the option of turning around halfway.

    1 · May 29, 2015

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