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Ortega Canyon North...

  • Nov 4, 2012 · 8:30 AM
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Last year folks thought this canyon might be nicer than Marble Canyon! I don't think so, but it is nice, and it is much easier than Marble Canyon. We will take it nice and slow with plenty of breaks to allow everyone to enjoy this off trail adventure.

This will be a Class One Canyoneering hike moving up and through the drainage, then we will climb out to hit the traversing trail below Ortega Peak... and move across and down "A" trail. That route will include close to 3,000' of climbing... and descending. The mileage will hit around 8-9 miles, bit it is the up/down and full body scrambling that takes the real toll.

This hike will be a good check to see if you are ready to try Marble Canyon!

DISTANCE is 8–9 mi, loop.

ELEVATION GAIN is ~3000 ft gained.

FEES: None. Of course, if you carpool, please compensate your driver for gas!

DURATION: Finish by mid to late afternoon.

PET FRIENDLY? Unless your pet has wings, no.

SKILL LEVEL is *NOT* beginner friendly. No whiners! For "canyoneering", however, this is probably one of the easier & enjoyable ones to see whether you're ready for other ones

TERRAIN Loose rock gravel arroyos, a little bit of class 1 climbing. "A" trail in Alamogordo is a steep walk down.

WEATHER is TBA.

AFTERWARDS we may stop for late lunch in Alamogordo.

MEET for carpool at:

  • Las Cruces: 7:00 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).

MORE information:

  • GPS track (may not necessarily follow this same route)

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  • jody M.

    I really enjoyed clambering up the rocks. Great fun!

    November 5, 2012

  • Yubao

    Easy canyon hike. Have always had fun doing Ortega, and this time also. Trying to make it difficult for Michal might have seemed rather too serious, but I knew he knew I was just trying to have a bit fun. Glad to meet two very good hikers the first time. Welcoming one Timmy back and irritating another were both pleasuring things. Did I mention flirting with Norma? Well, I'd better stop here...

    November 4, 2012

  • michal

    Nice group... added Ortega Peak to the mix... closed out the day as the sun sank on the horizon... my favorite pattern! Nice to finally have a couple of Alamo hikers!! (jim/tim)

    November 4, 2012

  • jody M.

    I see there is a Las Cruces meetup point, but are any of you actually from Las Cruces to meet there? Or even better, anyone from El Paso?

    November 3, 2012

    • jody M.

      I'll be there. Can give you and Grace a ride.

      November 3, 2012

    • A former member
      A former member

      thanks so much

      November 3, 2012

  • jody M.

    I'll be at the meetup in Las Cruces. Can provide rides for 2-3 people if necessary.

    November 3, 2012

  • michal

    Daylight Savings Time Alert!! If you are going to be late... make sure you call Yubao or me, otherwise... we will assume you are somewhere else having fun!!
    [masked] Michal

    November 1, 2012

  • Grace

    Is anyone able to meet somewhere in Las Cruces to carpool to Alamogordo?

    October 30, 2012

    • Yubao

      Grace, I posted a meetup from Las Cruces at 7:00am at KMart.

      October 31, 2012

    • Grace

      Oh, I see! Sorry I didn't notice it before.

      November 1, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sweet I can walk from my house to the meetup location. I'll see you guys there!

    October 29, 2012

  • michal

    We will be going slow, taking lots of breaks to fully enjoy the canyon... for some, it may seem like we're dawdling... we will be!!

    October 29, 2012

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