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the trail is fairly easy but kinda hard to tell where you're supposed to go in certain places, the cave is very, very underwhelming, but I saw deer on this trail so that gives it some bonus points.

backpacking
8 days ago

My buddy Danny and I reached the summit 9/15/18. We made it to 7,300' feet the first day, just past the highest "campsite." Took us 3 hours with ~40lb backpacks. Made it to the summit the following morning in 2 hours. So 5 hours up, 3 hours down. If you're considering this hike:
1. Don't wear shorts, you will regret it.
2. This trail is not for dogs.
3. Bring at least 5 liters of water.
4. Expect no trail the last mile or so.

The overgrowth and lack of maintenance made for a grueling final ascent. Expect to scale multiple walls. Don't expect water. Watch for snakes. Great hike. However, I will not do it again!

hiking
13 days ago

Poles and gloves recommended.

stared out about 8, temps got to about 90, and little to no shade on the way down.

suggest starting early and watch the weather for the heat.

Different terrain, rocks, gravel, some climbing and navigation on large rocks. primarily understand your ability to do the different levels of difficulty.

there is a stram, so a water filter will assist in a lighter load about 2.5 to 3 miles. I will personally do that next time.

overall fun hike, heat was a test, and the earlier the better. total workout from the get go. be prepared to get the cardio in.

I enjoyed the hike. I only made it to the plane wreck, but it was beautiful up there.

A lot of brush overgrown in the trail, don’t wear shorts. Also, I am fat and almost died I think. Other than that it was great!

trail running
1 month ago

Took the pup on a trail run. Went about 2.5 miles up before the pup got tired. First 3/4 mile is a grind but with switchbacks and then becomes a little more gradual once you enter the canyon. Great hike late in the season! Take water!

Great hike. Easier than I thought, but still quite tough. Trail to Narrows, and after that till end of small canyon (from a big boulder with a big stone cairn, you follow the bottom of a narrow side canyon) is relatively easy to follow. From there to saddle / ridge and then to the summit is often unclear. Took 3h10 to get to summit. No other People. Most amazing views! Did this hike in August, nice cool breeze at top, while in Las Cruces it was 100 degrees. Leave early though.

on Fillmore Canyon Trail

hiking
1 month ago

A bit confusing on how to actual reach trailhead. I would suggest stopping by the visitor center first and taking a picture of the map that they have at the front desk to help orient yourself. Also there were a lot of bugs so I would suggest covering in some bug spray or you will be covered in them. Overall, fun hike . Would love to do it again!!

First time here and it couldn’t have been better! Easy enough my wife and mother finished it, yet challenging enough that my cousin and I were able to enjoy it. We went at two different paces which makes it great for all levels of experience.

on Achenbach Canyon Trail

2 months ago

definitely moderate difficulty & poorly marked but gorgeous views

Pretty trail. Very easy to the falls, most 3 year olds could walk it. Hard from the falls on, scrambling and climbing

Great well maintained Park Service trail with benches even. Easy walking and good footing. Great views and vegetation

Fun pretty hike but no "trail" as shown. 1st 1 1/2 mi. IS the "Ridgline Trail". Then bushwacking down one canyon and up another then bushwack up the canyon wall to the jeep trail then some jeep trails and some canyon bushwacking. The All Trails route is a nice doable route with the GPS and topos but no trail

hiking
3 months ago

My family and I have made multiple trips, but today was the first time we actually completed the route, thanks to remnants of a tropical cyclone moderating the temperature and giving us some much needed rain. Starting from Oliver Lee Memorial State Park, it's not so bad up to Frenchie's Line Cabin, but then it gets very steep and very narrow. There are wash outs on the narrow trail, and could be potentially dangerous, and looking around, particularly up, could become hazardous while walking. Once we got to about 4 miles, the trail is much less picturesque for the duration. We did have a wonderful time, but having finally conquered Dog Canyon, I wonder about doing it as often as we have in the past.

Very tough, physically demanding...not for the inexperienced. But totally worth it!!!

3 months ago

Good, challenging hike! I would rate harder than moderate.....

hiking
3 months ago

My favorite hike so far in New Mexico. Significant physical exertion. I hiked in Early June - temperature got up to 102. I brought 2.5 liters of water in a bladder, and 22 ounces in a bottle. Due to the temperature I drank more than I planned. I cut my trip short due to shortage of water, combined with not being entirely sure how much farther I had to go. The trail is not well marked at all - but that is what I found most enjoyable. I had to pay close attention to the trail and the map - and I still got off the trail a half dozen times. Fantastic views of las cruces. One of the coolest features I made it to was “The Narrows” - where the trail goes between two cliffs with less than 20 separating them. No complaints about the trail - it was super fun. I’m gonna come back in a few weeks with more water and less unnecessary junk and make it to the peak. I went 6ish out and back and made it in under 4 hours.

Great hiking trail. Straight up, crazy trail

Loved it. went a couple months ago and it was great with the different terrain throughout. It was a very windy day and I lost my favorite cap.

hiking
4 months ago

An amazing but strenuous hike!! It took us about 10 hours round trip, with lots of resting and relaxing up at the top. It is definitely physically demanding on the way up and especially on the way down. We got lost/off trail a few times but made it back down. Follow the trail markers and make mental notes on the way up so you remember how to get back down with limited bushwhacking and scrambling. I’d advise wearing pants for sure and taking about a gallon of water each person and food/snacks. Be careful of rattlesnakes and stinging metal. The views are amazing and definitely worth the endurance.

hiking
4 months ago

Great long hike, 10 miles, 5 hours up, 4 hours down. The Narrows at the half way point could be a destination in itself. Several distinct vegetation zones.

Awesome, challenging hike. I did this back in March. Took me 5 hrs round trip, but I’d plan for an all day hike and pack accordingly. On the first third of the ascent, At approximately 32.339365 N, and 106.584949 W, there is a fork in the trail, and they both look good. Take the right fork (steer towards the large boulder up ahead). This will save you a lot of bushwhacking or backtracking. After the first third to half of the ascent, the trail is easier to follow. Wear pants.

hiking
5 months ago

Beautiful area, after the initial hike up the hill the grass meadows and boulders are spectacular. Great spot for rock climbing/scrambling. We'll definitely be back to roam around and enjoy the scenery

The trail was interesting, flowering Cacti and stunning rock formations and desert landscape. Was mostly in the sun the entire hike which was as noted: moderate, it was long for me as I am not an avid hiker. Never saw rattlesnake or much of any wildlife creatures, beetles...heard an owl and until I returned near to the parking lot, was greeted by cows' and a bull blocking, for a moment... the path. Some areas of the hike slowed me down as it was more difficult terrain, and on the way back lost the trail but after testing a few I found my way. at what I understood to be the end of the trail, A flat area with beautiful views overlooking the White Sands base and beyond as well Las Cruces and beyond. I noticed somewhat of a trail continuing up to a higher peak and I attempted to follow, I got about 3/4 of the way up it and had to throw in the towel... UGH ! I slid coming down and scraped myself up abit. The trail going back was not much faster as it is gravelly and cumbersome. I only rested about 15 minutes the entire trail... I started at 1:20 and returned at 7:40, I'm 61 and in So-so shape...I brought fruit and water, found a hiking stick along the way. Binoculars would have been nice. Wear a hat and use Sunscreen. cell phone worked always-Verizon anyway.

hiking
5 months ago

This is one of my favorite trails. Easy to find when you connect the All Trails app to your maps app on your phone. The hike is well laid out, but a little tricky going back down due to some loose gravel areas. My 5 year old son was able to complete the trail and loved reaching the “top”. The summit is worth it! I strongly suggest bringing a walking stick or grabbing one left at the trailhead.

Tough hike once I reached 3.5 miles.. stopped at 4 miles . The hike back to truck was slightly rough suggest good hiking shoes and thick socks.

Feel great & stronger.

I’ve made this hike twice. The first time I chickened out at the scramble area just below the peak. There were three of us and none of us had ever been there before. The other two went up the shear wall on the west side and made it to the top. The second trip I went with a group of real climbers that goes every year. The only thing they did differently was to take the east wall up the scramble. It looks dangerous but was surprisingly easy. You just have to know there are finger holds above you and put your hands there. I would do it again. But you sure get tired.

As others have mentioned, it’s easy to get lost on the way down. Wherever you turn on the way up make a mental note or take a picture for reference on the way down. The second group did not get lost. Our first group of three did.

If your not in shape your gonna be hurting

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