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 (http://www.openstreetmap.org/?mlat=32.35083&mlon=-106.76538&zoom=17&layers=M) or Google Maps (http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&source=s_q&hl=en&geocode=&q=32.35083,-106.76538&aq=&sll=32.2563,-106.7&sspn=0.015497,0.018582&ie=UTF8&ll=32.351135,-106.768591&spn=0.00774,0.01502&t=h&z=17)). Alamogordo: 8:30 am, outside the 10th Street far east fire station in Alamogordo (near the forest trailhead for T119). See map (OpenStreetMap (http://www.openstreetmap.org/?mlat=32.89716&mlon=-105.91852&zoom=17&layers=M) or Google Maps (http://maps.google.com/maps?q=32.89716,-105.91852&hl=en&geocode=+&t=m&z=16&vpsrc=0)). El Paso: 6:45 am, Walmart at Transmountain/US 54 at the west-most parking lot towards US 54. See map (Google Maps (http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&source=s_q&hl=en&geocode=&q=31.897292,+-106.439618&aq=&sll=31.897353,-106.435947&sspn=0.001806,0.001269&ie=UTF8&t=h&z=16)). Note: your organizer is not meeting here, please self-organize! MORE information:
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