I really wanted to summit something in the Organ Mountains before winter set in. I was about a day too late for that, as it was cold, and extremely windy. I haven't had winds like today since one of my really windy Humphrey summits in the winter of 2011. It was hard to stand up at times on the ridge, but not the summit, and in the saddle it was gusting to well over 60 MPH. You know it is windy when you can't walk straight and have a hard time standing up.
A really nice summit, but just OK views due to the wind whipping up dust and the haze from the cold front. I could not see Sierra Blanca, but should have been able to as there was nothing in the way except dust. Also, I probably could have seen Guadalupe Peak, but I do not think I could due to dust. What seemed like it might have been Guadalupe, was probably some other lower peak further west of it.
I ran down some of the best sections of trail to make up time, as it was getting late. I caught a really lovely sunset from the old gate at the 1 mile mark, and was at my car well before it got dark.
I know it is early winter, but man is this a drab range. Brown, gray, and brown. Nothing seems green at all. The desert might get hot in summer, but the range is high, dry and cold. I've seen better vegetation at lower altitudes in dry parts of Arizona. I could tell this is not a true granite range, too. The rock has no large quartz crystals in it. For the area, is is about as close to granite as you can get.
Overall, the area felt a lot like the dry spots on the Fatman's Loop near Flagstaff, except with towering peaks just to the south. It was nice seeing some Arizona White Oaks on the trail. Other than those trees, this is not a lush hike at all. Maybe in August?