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Gurgling Brook... Fall Colors!

9:00 o'clock, as we enter Caballero Canyon, we are going to be walking on pretty much evened out pebble bed, from which some might derive more fun than on paved road. Though the hike will eventually accumulate about 1,400' elevation gain, you will feel most of the time you are simply walking on leveled ground.

As the canyon wiggle-waggles along, you check out the rock formation of the cliffs on both sides, and the hilltops above, or, spot some colorful pebbles (if you happen to be a rock lover). And you hear birds chirping, and something like a crispy gurgle of a brook. You wonder, in the bed of a dry canyon, a gurgling brook?!

Yes, a gurgling brook! And by the clear running water, there are plenty of fresh tracks of large mammals, deer and elks.You realize that in the desert, other animals are much in need of water as we are.

You look towards upper stream, there's a grove of mixed deciduous trees, with the tops started changing color. You hobble along, skip over the larger water pools, you would startle the Jesus bugs everywhere to water skiing...

Ah! This is the right spot to stop for lunch, and enjoy the melody of the brook!

As you sit down, you look across the stream, in the shade of rock cliff and taller trees, there are five or six sumac saplings of two to three feet high, and they are like toddlers, screaming bloody murder to catch your attention...

After lunch, you might be tempted to play in one of the absolutely 100% nature-made granite 'bathtubs' buried in the ground. Please be pre-warned: Don't. First things first, you might catch your cold of the season; and second, the deer and elks might not like the taste you leave behind in the water, since, as you know, they are vegetarians. (How the bears and mountain lions, if they happen to share the same drinking water with the 'vegetarians', might like the soup with a tinge of taste of you in, that's a moot point.) You would ask, instead of bathing in, how about dipping your feet in them? Oh, well...

To sum it up, this is a pretty easy hike, canyoneering without scrambling or rock climbing, off trail without bush whacking, and loaded with surprises: canyon rock features, gurgling brook, with a taste of fall colors.

Simply the desert spring part is worth a couple hours drive. It's like a sojourn in wonderland, a stroll in poetry...

Distance: About 10 miles round trip.

Elevation Gain: 1,400 feet.

Duration: 5-6 hours.

Fees: None.

Pet Friendly? Yes. On leash.

Skill Level: Beginner friendly. But please consider the length of about 10 miles.

Car Pool from Las Cruces: 7:30 am at Telshor K-Mart.

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  • Samat

    October 19, 2012

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thanks for the track Samat

      October 20, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Wow, there really was a "Gurgling Book" up there.

    October 13, 2012

  • michal

    Nice Group to share the day with... nice to introduce a touch of canyoneering into the mix... hope to see them on some of the canyon adventures coming up!

    October 13, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    The ElPaso hiking group is putting together a Rim Trail to Alamo peak hike on the 14th, so I may go to that, as will as Gurgling Brook on 13th. I'm thinking about camping up near Cloudcroft after the Brook, to save driving back and forth from Las Cruces on two days. But I will still show up at Telsor parking on 13th at 7:30, and we can figure out the car pool thing then.

    October 12, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    LOL @Terri. Sunday is the 14th. I wouldn't mind if they changed it to Sunday though. Then I could go to the Mount Tonuco thing tomorrow:) But no, I have not heard anything about Gurgling Brook changing to Sunday. Next weekend I want to go up to High Rolls for the Apple Festival, and then do a short hike along the Old Cloudcroft Highway trail and wander the Trestle trails. Not sure if I'll go on the 20th or 21st. Always glad for company if anyone is interested.

    October 12, 2012

    • A former member
      A former member

      uh oh! Early this afternoon I learned of 2 events with the Elpaso group on the 20th that I think I will attend, leaving only the 21st open for Apple fest for me.

      October 12, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    I see that the Telshor Kmart meetup time has moved to 7:30 am. I think this is better. Yubao can attest to how slow I drive across the desert LOL

    October 11, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    See you at Telshor Kmart at 7:45.

    October 9, 2012

    • Yubao

      I am still struggling with making a decision about where to go for a hike this Saturday. I like both hikes, and I like both organizers of both hikes. I would feel very bad about canceling the Franklin Mountain hike, and the same about Sacramentao Mountain hhike.

      October 10, 2012

    • Yubao

      But, I can only go to ONE, like you laughed at it before.

      October 10, 2012

  • michal

    The Alamo Canyon Trailhead is up at the east end of Alamo Canyon Road... you park next to the City Water Works.

    My cell phone:[masked]

    Yuboa is coordinating the Las Cruces Carpool... might want to check with him about times...

    October 10, 2012

    • A former member
      A former member

      ok. Thanks for the info, and I will try to get hold of Yubao.

      October 10, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Michal, is the map reference an accurate mark for where we should meet i.e. on Alamo Canyon Rd between Valle Vista and Rocky Mountain Rd? It's been 6 years since I was around there and my memory of the area is a lttle vague. Also, I wonder if I should move the depart from Telshor Kmart up to 7:30? I might be able to hit the outskirts of Alamogordo in 1 hr15, but probably would need a bit more time to get to the actual meetup location.

    October 10, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Weird. I know two people named Yubao and Terri who are listed to go do something with the El Paso Hiking Group on the 13th. Must be clones LOL

    October 9, 2012

    • Yubao

      Yeah, being able to do several different hikes at the same time is a very rare gift which only the choice few have.

      October 9, 2012

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