Challenging hike. Awesome destination. I have been wanting to hike in the Organ Mountains for a while now. Last time I was in New Mexico there was a fire in the Organs and the trailhead was closed. So when JJ offered to employ me as a professional Hatch chili transporter, I couldn't turn down the opportunity. Come to think of it I still haven't got my check. Are you sure the check's in the mail John? The visit to Hatch NM was a lot of fun.
The hike starts out on a rocky mining/jeep road. It gets steeper and looser as you go. Eventually you're off the road and onto a trail. It is not used much, but has cairns marking the way. The last mile and a quarter or so is brushy to go along with steeper and loose footing. Near the top there is a spot with some exposure you have to get across. Seemed easier coming down than going up. Views from the top are outstanding. It took us over two hours to make it up. We didn't spend more than about ten minutes on top because the sun was about to set. We wanted to make it down as far as we could before dark. We ended up descending about 80% of the way in the dark. The faint trail was hard to find at times and the loose footing made it even tougher. We had to back track several times to relocate the correct route. We finally made it back to the chili van at o'dark thirty.
By the time we drove into Las Cruces and finally found a place to eat, it was getting late. We still had to drive all the way to Wilcox to spend the night, then get up early to do our AZT #9 hike. I started falling asleep at the wheel so I made John drive the last hour and a half to Wilcox. It was well after midnight when we got our room. John hopped in the shower while I passed out on my bed. I woke up at 2 AM and showered. By 6 AM we were up and ready to roll again! Great hike and adventure. Thanks for setting this one up John.