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Great hiking trail. Straight up, crazy trail

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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
15 days 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
21 days ago

What a gem! The views are fantastic wherever you look! The hike was challenging at times with large rocks to navigate. Be prepared by wearing good hiking boots as part of the trail is quite slippery due to sand and small stones. Numerous points along the trail to stop and appreciate! Found that going to the left or clockwise is preferable. Hope to return again for sure

hiking
23 days ago

Great morning hike!! Some areas were a little challenging for my dog, but overall it's a beautiful hike! Lots of shaded areas to stop and rest and take in the amazing views!

Great view of the Organ mountains and a nice variety of terrain. Enough elevation to be a workout, but nothing that would prohibit the whole family from enjoying.

Beautiful hike. It was crazy to see such greenery in the desert. Some great views. Hike was fairly moderate. At the start of the trail if you go right first it is a little more challenging cause u are climbing and if you go left first it is a steady climb but subtle.

Absolutely love this hike. Love going to the end and seeing the old sanatorium and the hotel camp. Very easy hike. The Spring is not Dripping but still very pretty and interesting to see history in the mountains.

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.

Easy hike. The lodge was interesting.Wind can make it a little more difficult.

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.

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.

Beautiful hike! Haven't hiked in a while. This hike was a bit difficult going up but with plenty of hydration and energy snacks, we made it through.

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.

walking
1 month ago

Just a reminder, Tortugas Mountain is considered a very Sacred Place for us of Tortugas Pueblo. We have been conducting ceremonies upon her for over 100 continuous years. We, Tortugas Pueblo, ask everyone to please keep that in their mind and their heart while trekking upon her. Our ancestors have climbed it in prayer, as we too, continue the same. Some on their knees or in bare feet. Please be mindful of disposing of trash properly. Blessing to all who come to enjoy her beauty and gentle Spirit.

hiking
1 month ago

Great hike with amazing views over White Sands. Very quite and peaceful hike. Takes about 2hrs.

We hiked from the Baylor Canyon Trailhead on the Las Cruces side (west side) over to the Baylor Canyon Trailhead on the Aguirre Springs side (east side). We drove a car and left it in the parking lot at Aguirre Springs and then drove back to the west side of the mountains to commence the hike. Absolutely amazing hike. It took us about 4 hours, but we had our 10 year old with us, so it could be done quicker. The peak is absolutely incredible. This is such a beautiful trail. I recommend taking at least a large water bottle per person and taking a break to have some lunch at the peak. Also, wear lots of sunscreen because you are directly in the sun almost the entire hike. Also, we did this hike the last weekend of March and it was really warm. I would not do this hike during the summer months because of the extreme heat and lack of shade. Love this hike!!!

Update to my review from last weekend: today we hiked from the Baylor Canyon Trailhead on the Las Cruces side (west side) over to the Baylor Canyon Trailhead on the Aguirre Springs side (east side). We drove a car and left it in the parking lot at Aguirre Springs and then drove back to the west side of the mountains to commence the hike. Absolutely amazing hike. It took us about 4 hours, but we had our 10 year old with us, so it could be done quicker. The peak is absolutely incredible. This is such a beautiful trail. I recommend taking at least a large water bottle per person and taking a break to have some lunch at the peak. As I mentioned in my last review, wear lots of sunscreen because you are directly in the sun almost the entire hike. Also, we did this hike the last weekend of March and it was really warm. I would not do this hike during the summer months because of the extreme heat and lack of shade. Love this hike!!!

Trail is easy to follow, not too hard, not too easy! Beautiful at the top! Be sure to take a bottle of water per person, we hiked in last of March.

trail running
1 month ago

Good hike! Be sure to wear fairly sturdy shoes, sunscreen and hat. Lots of birds in the arroyos! The old A mountain trail that goes 3/4 up to the top is a helluva workout and newer road is appreciated for the return down.

on Pine Tree Trail

backpacking
1 month ago

Lots of people since it’s near a camping spot, but the views were gorgeous and the trail very well maintained. There were a couple of damp spots from the rains when we had gone, but overall a great trail.

(This review is about going straight through to the Aguirre Sprigs side!) Well-graded trail gradually rising to the saddle. Have to compliment the local service that maintains it. Went from there down to Aguirre Springs. If you're moving well, you can do it in 3-3.5 hours (the whole way to Aguirre that is). While we were at the saddle, we saw a missile launched from WSMR! The other side is easy going with alligator juniper sighted from time to time. No water at the other end at Aguirre until you go back towards the main road, but that's too far to walk.

Did the short side from the visitors center to the cave and back. Nice warm up. Great views

hiking
2 months ago

An incredible trail! Took the whole family on it. Enjoyed the scenery and being within the Organ Mountains. A little longer in length than listed - But made for a great hike!

Easy hike but also one of the best in the area! The stunning scenery in the canyon exemplifies the beauty of the desert landscape in the area. Not too crowded. On a beautiful day, we passed only a few other hikers and one individual on horseback. Next time we do this hike we are planning to hike from Aguirre Springs, over the peak, and down to the Baylor Canyon Trailhead. We went in Mid-March and the temps could not have been better, but it gets windy up at the top, but not too windy that I ever even put on my light jacket (tank top was sufficient). Also, don’t forget the sunscreen as this hike is almost completely in the sun.

Lots of walking in soft sand. For first timers, the lack of good trail markers made for three detours 1/2 way up the mountain. My fault
but still....this made an “easy” wall into a moderate hike, interesting scenery and cactuses just starting to bloom made this mid-March hike into 3* instead of 2*. There are so many better trails in the Las Cruces area. This one is not worth repeating

hiking
2 months ago

What a beautiful hike! Definitely challenging but doable. Make sure to leave in the morning because it gets hot. I started around 10 am and got back around 2 pm. It's uphill all the way but not too bad. Finding the trail is a little hard. Go to the group camp site. Across from the bathroom there is a yellow warning sign that talks about how dangerous the mountains are (heed the warning!). The trail is behind the warning sign. If you can't find the trail look for the wooden fence that crosses over from the campsites to the desert. From there the trail is pretty easy to follow. There are some places where you might get lost but just look for the carans. There are two auroras that you have to cross over. When you get about a mile from the end of the trail there will be a small hand written sign where the trail forks off to sugarloaf or to pinetree/pass. Go to the right towards pinetree/pass. About a quarter mile to the end you'll encounter a campsite with a fire ring and some wood someone has been collecting. This would be a really nice place to camp. From there it is a little hard to find the top/to find the trail again. It's to right of the campsite.

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