Another cross-post w/ the El Paso Ridgewalkers (yeah, not had time to be particularly original lately—please post hikes you'd like to do!).
Tentative plan is to hike into Bar and Soledad Canyon on the established trails, then go off trail up the southern ridge till we get to Achenbach Canyon.
DISTANCE is ~6–8 mi as a loop.
ELEVATION GAIN is ~1000 ft gained.
FEES: Free. Of course, if you carpool, please compensate your driver for gas!
DURATION: Finish by mid/late afternoon.
PET FRIENDLY? Not particularly, it will be brushy. Bring a muzzle (you shouldn't need be told to bring a leash).
SKILL LEVEL is NOT beginner friendly. No whiners!
TERRAIN includes scree, rock faces, and mountain-side foliage (including cacti, yucca, etc). Please be prepared to be stabbed.
WEATHER may be windy, TBA.
AFTERWARDS unknown, may get lunch in Las Cruces somewhere. Please bring cash.
MEET for carpool at:
Las Cruces: 7:30 am, in/outside Milagro Coffee at Pan Am Plaza. See map (OpenStreetMap (http://www.openstreetmap.org/?node=630424392) or Google Maps (http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&source=s_q&hl=en&geocode=&q=32.287422,-106.745166&aq=&sll=32.304328,-106.770802&sspn=0.057166,0.086174&ie=UTF8&ll=32.28755,-106.745288&spn=0.014929,0.021544&t=h&z=16)). El Paso: 7:00 am, I-10 and Transmountain Road Shell. Meet and park at the gravel parking lot to the west of the gas station. See map (OpenStreetMap (http://www.openstreetmap.org/?mlat=31.907703&mlon=-106.581483&zoom=18&layers=M) or Google Maps (http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&source=s_q&hl=en&geocode=&q=31.907703,-106.581483&aq=&sll=31.907128,-106.581379&sspn=0.001874,0.001261&ie=UTF8&ll=31.9077,-106.581931&spn=0.001874,0.002693&t=h&z=19)). Note: The El Paso Ridgewalkers are meeting here, and leave on time—don't be late! Trailhead: 7:50 am at the Bar/Soledad Canyon Day Use area, at the far east end of Soledad Canyon road (you will go through an easement on private property to access the parking lot).