One of the gems of the Organ Mountains, near Las Cruces NM, is the Organ Peak, one of the steep and expose rock crowning this range. To get there, you need to go the Dripping Springs area and with a help of a map, find the Filmore Canyon entrance. Once inside the canyon, you have the option of going straight ahead and you will get to a small water fall that is only active during the rainy season. If not, in about half a mile, you will find a trail to your right that will take you to the end of the canyon. The trail is some how marked but once in a while you need to go back into your steeps to correct your direction. Specially now. Because of the rain, there is a lot of grass covering the mountain. Once you get to a place where you can not find the trail any more, you need to identify where the Organ Peak is and from now on, the walk is out of any defined path. Please review your capabilities and if you decide that you are fit to get to the top, go ahead, the effort is worthwhile. If not, be proud of what you accomplish and enjoy your trip back on this beautiful trail.
This gets 3 stars for the time of year we did the hike (90 degree summer weather). In the fall or winter this would be 4 stars. There is no shade on the hike up to the waterfall, and while it's rated as "easy," with the heat and the steady upward climb I'd say it's approaching moderate. It ends at a beautiful "grotto" with a nice water fall and plenty of shade. Beautiful view on the way down. It's nowhere near as beautiful as the nearby Pine Trail Loop, but definitely worth doing.
Beautiful wild flowers and breathtaking views of the mountains. Lots of variation in scenery and terrain; several streams, lots of interesting rock formations, and tons of blooming flowers forming a riot of color. Our dog loved it too! Favorite hike in the Las Cruces area. Can't recommend it highly enough.
Absolutely beautiful and very easy. There is an option to climb up at least one of the surrounding mountains, which I did. That was difficult, but it's not part of the main trail. The views were amazing regardless of if you climb up or stay on the canyon floor.