This hike will be a blend of Canyon hiking and off trail trekking over to Ortega Peak. While not as dramatic of a canyon as some of the other area drainages, it does offer a few dramatic dry falls. This will be Class I Canyoneering... with a gain over over 3,000' elevation. There will be scrambling, minor climbing and a few steep grades to ascend. Overall, this will amount to a very strenuous hike, though not as difficult as Marble Canyon. Off trail is spiny, sharp ans sticky... plan accordingly!
DISTANCE is UNKNOWN.
ELEVATION GAIN is ~3000 ft gained. May be more because of ups/downs.
FEES: None. Of course, if you carpool, please compensate your driver for gas!
DURATION: All day.
PET FRIENDLY? No.
SKILL LEVEL is NOT beginner friendly. No whiners!
TERRAIN is off-trail, w/ scrambling, minor climbing, and steep grades to ascend.
WEATHER should be clear.
MEET for carpool at:
- Las Cruces: 7:30 am, K-Mart parking lot on North Main/US 70 and Del Rey, near Shell. See map (OpenStreetMap or Google Maps).
- Alamogordo: 8:30 am, outside the 10th Street far east fire station in Alamogordo (near the forest trailhead for T119). See map (OpenStreetMap or Google Maps).
- El Paso: 6:45 am, Walmart at Transmountain/US 54 at the west-most parking lot towards US 54. See map (Google Maps). Note: your organizer is not meeting here, please self-organize!
- Resource one
- Resource two