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The dry, dramatic mountains above Las Cruces peak at The Needles, over 9000 feet in elevation. Spread out across the area are such features as the Dripping Springs Natural Area at the old Cox Ranch, the 57 site Aguirre Springs campground, the Soledad Canyon Day Use Area and numerous trails. Some - like the Baylor Pass National Recreation Trail and the Pine Tree Loop Trail - offer stunning views of both the Rio Grande Valley and the Tularosa Basin to the east. To the south is the Sierra Vista trail, a 27-mile mountain bike and equestrian trail that extends to the Texas border. Camping, hiking, horseback riding, mountain biking, scenic driving, wildlife viewing.

hiking
2 days ago

My friend and I attempted this trail on 10/15, but only ended up making it to the saddle due to time constraints and because we were pretty much smoked by the time we got there :) We used the AllTrails map and did not have any navigation issues. There are a few stray trails in the lower desert portion, but the cairns will generally keep you on track. Take everyone’s advice and wear pants as the trail is very narrow with a lot of cacti and other prickly plants along the way. Lots of scrambling and very steep once you get to the mountain. Also lots of loose rock, so you have to be careful on the way down. We enjoyed the portion of the trail we did, but come prepared for a workout!

This was our first hike as a family and we loved it! Beautiful scenery and not too hard, though I'd definitely recommend wearing good shoes. The waterfalls and Stone ruin are so worth it! We saw a variety of birds and have seen Mule Deer every time so far. Well traveled trail, but very Rocky in places.

Tip: if you're going after the waterfall and Stone house, follow the trail to the LEFT until AFTER the bench...we went RIGHT at the first fork and ended up going the LONG way around haha

hiking
21 days ago

Not too challenging. Old ruins of a hotel at the top which I beautiful.

it's a nice, easy walk but you do have to pay to get in

why pay $5 for dripping springs when you can come right next door to soledad canyon for free?! it has better views and a better waterfall as well. I highly recommend this trail.

backpacking
1 month 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.

Loved this hike! When you get to the old kitchen/dining hall stay to the left and go up to the top of the falls area, there is a retention pond and beautiful views!

This was an interesting, woodsy, challenging trail that is different than many of the other trails I have hiked near Las Cruces so far. It feels less desert and more wilderness.

Park at the La Cueva picnic area and follow the Filmore trail past the barbed wire fence where it continues to Filmore Canyon. Shortly after the fence, you will see a fork that goes to the right. I went too far the first time and had to back track to find the trail. The All Trails GPS is very helpful in this regard.

The trail is mostly uphill the entire way to the Narrows. There are areas that you will have to push through some brushes/plants/sometimes with thorns (but mostly just leafy non-thorny brush). For this reason, I recommend to wear long pants.

Bring plenty of water. To give an idea, I drank about 2.5 Liters of water round trip. Take some food/snacks; you’ll need it. The trail is narrow and fairly straight forward for the first third but then some parts in the middle can get confusing. I would not have been able to complete this trail successfully without this app GPS. Bring an extra phone battery. I would have been in trouble had I not brought mine. I lost the trail a few times on the way there and also on the way back.

On the map you’ll notice a large fork in the trail toward the end. The Narrows are to the right. You will know you are there when you see very large, towering rocks and narrow, shady space in between.

This trail took me about 5 hours because I lost it a few times and also because I ventured about a mile past the Narrows to see what was there. I rate it 4 stars because it’s a unique, enjoyable trail but sometimes difficult to follow and the moderate (but manageable) amount of bushwhacking was not ideal.

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

Most of the Sierra Vista in this section is a wide jeep trail with occasional washes. It's a pretty easy hike with great views from the east side, but the west side of the loop veers off away from the mountains. This is the big reason for the low score. The entire west section of the loop isn't very scenic, extremely rocky and Sandy, and the only reward you get after completing the trail is...completing the trail. However, this loop would probably be excellent for mountain biking for those with some endurance and skill (There are areas with heavy sand and large washes). This (Sierra Vista) may be a nice practice section for long distance hikers, but overall, there are many EASY to MODERATE rated hikes around the area that offer betters views.

Nice views. Good Trail. Clearly marked. Cool historic sites.

2 months ago

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!

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.

This is the real deal! Short, but demanding hike up to the peak, where you get rewarded with the best view around. We went up the ridge of the trail and came down the eastern ridge, which was way easier! This hike is definitely worth it, especially if you have dogs.

$5 “parking fee” and worth every penny. The trail itself was very gravely, making me wish I’d opted for my actual hiking boots rather than tennis shoes. There was a moderate climb (600ft in about a 1.5 miles). The spring was indeed dripping, albeit softly and slowly...but nonetheless dripping. Altogether a good break from freeway driving that won’t kill your ETA.

Awesome trail! Great one to do early in the AM and to take visiting friends and family. I'd go on it again.

Nice hike, albeit a little hot beginning August. The trail is clear and easy to follow. Climbing out of Fillmore Canyon is steepest part, most of this trail climbs gradually. Nice scenery.

on Fillmore Canyon Trail

hiking
2 months 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!!

In our 60's now, my husband and I walked all the way to the old sanitorium. It is well worth the hike to see the history that exists in those mountains. The structures, for the most part, are well preserved. It's amazing to even think how people could live up there so many years ago. As a side note, the office personel are very friendly and excited to speak about the history of the area. Taking family up there next time. Loved it!

Love this Hike! The views from above the Sanatorium are amazing!

Love this trail. I’d do it every day if I could!

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

hiking
3 months ago

Didn’t finish too hot but coming back with my bike!!!!!

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

hiking
4 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.

Very good trail up the hill I haven’t been around

Great hiking trail. Straight up, crazy trail

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