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Day Hikes and Nature Walks: Soledad Canyon.

I recently bought a copy of Greg McKee's book "Day Hikes and Nature Walks in the Las Cruces-El Paso Area" and I want to start doing some of the hikes in the book starting with the easier ones and working up to the harder ones. This Sunday I would like to hike in Soledad (& Bar) Canyon.
(http://www.blm.gov/nm/st/en/prog/recreation/las_cruces/soledad_canyon.html)

The hike will be 3 miles, making a loop into Bar Canyon and Soledad Canyon, back to the spring, to the old stone house and then back to the parking lot.

Let's meet at Milagros Coffee at 9 am on Sunday morning or 9:20 at the parking lot for Soledad Canyon. This later start time will accommodate those people who have a Halloween Party the night before. Please leave a comment on the announcements page if you are planning on meeting the group at the Soledad Canyon parking lot. See link above for directions to the Soledad Canyon Parking lot.

There are no restrooms at the parking lot, but lots of desert and trees if you need one. There is also no water at trailhead, so please plan accordingly. Even though it is not a long hike, you should always carry some water with you.

Dependent on the ending time and if people desire, we can get lunch.

Distance: 3.0 miles.

Duration: ~2-3 hours. Hike itself should take between 1.5-2 hours. The pace will not be too fast, and the group will take short breaks as necessary. Will we take a short break at the waterfall, so bring a snack if you want.

Elevation gain: There is limited elevation gain, but there are areas of the hike that will have some ups and downs.

Terrain: Maintained trail.

Skill level: Beginner friendly.

Fees: Free! And only about 15 minutes drive from Las Cruces!

Pets friendly?: Yes. But please bring a leash.

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  • Raena

    Nice short hike for a sunday morning. Thanks to everyone who showed up. The weather was beautiful and there were some trees changing color.

    October 28, 2012

  • Yubao

    My last comment was not encouraging anybody to climb to the back of the waterfall. The other-worldly feeling comes from... well... because it's almost unreachable!

    October 25, 2012

  • Yubao

    The maple leaves on the bottom of the waterfall should be 'on fire' now. Two falls ago, I had a nap on the maple leaves under the biggest tree. The wind swirled the leaves into a huge pile.
    And up at the back of the waterfall it is so other-worldly beautiful. I drank the spring water, spotted hummingbird-like-insects, and bathed my feet in the water hole the last time I was up there in the summer time. And oh, my hiking partner fell on a cactus!

    October 25, 2012

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