Whether you call yourself a hiker or not, most likely, you have been to the waterfall in the Soledad Canyon/Bar Canyon day use area.
We will climb up the low ridge from the rock house, get around to the back of the waterfall, have a bird's-eye view of it. On the ridge, we will have a nice view of Dripping Springs area, impressive peaks and vistas of Organs (but we are not climbing any of those, simply to have a look at them). Surveying the whole Las Cruces metropolitan area at the advantage of ridge could be quite a satisfactory pleasure for hikers too.
This is an easy hike that most hikers can handle.
The weather forecast says it's going to be sunny, and the temperature would be in the 70s when we are hiking there. An ideal day to get out of the door, enjoy nature, do some moderate exercise. If you have been in the desert long enough, you should know that these days don't last very long. It's going to get darned hot pretty soon. So come out and enjoy it while we still have it!
Bring at least 2 liters of water, sunscreen, hat, and snacks.
DISTANCE is about 4 mi. round-trip
ELEVATION GAIN is ~500'.
FEES: None. Of course, if you carpool, please compensate your driver for gas!
DURATION: Finish by late morning.
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.
SKILL LEVEL is beginner/intermediate.
TERRAIN maintained trail, and a little off trail
WEATHER is sunny and hot. It is going to be in the higher 90s as high. So, bring plenty of drinking water
AFTERWARDS LUNCH with alcohol to wash it down? Anyone? la Rosa winery
MEET for carpool at:
Las Cruces: 8:00 am, in/outside Milagro Coffee at Pan Am Plaza. GPS:[masked]°N,[masked]°W (http://www.meetup.com/las-cruces-hiking/events/116974752/geo:32.287339,-106.745122) (see on Google Maps (http://maps.google.com/?q=32.287339,-106.745122&z=18), OpenStreetMap (http://www.openstreetmap.org/?mlat=32.287339&mlon=-106.745122&zoom=18), USGS topo map (http://mapper.acme.com/?ll=32.287339,-106.745122&marker0=32.287339,-106.745122&z=18))
Soledad Canyon Day Use Area trail head: 8:20 am. GPS:[masked]°N,[masked]°W (http://www.meetup.com/las-cruces-hiking/events/116974752/geo:32.30435,-106.59356) (see on Google Maps (http://maps.google.com/?q=32.30435,-106.59356&z=18), OpenStreetMap (http://www.openstreetmap.org/?mlat=32.30435&mlon=-106.59356&zoom=18), USGS topo map (http://mapper.acme.com/?ll=32.30435,-106.59356&marker0=32.30435,-106.59356&z=18))