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Aguirre Springs - Pine Tree Trail Loop - 2 members in 6 triplogs have rated this an average 4.5 ( 1 to 5 best )
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May 05 2018
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72 male
 Joined Feb 28 2003
 Tucson, AZ
Aguirre Springs - Pine Tree Trail LoopSouthwest, NM
Southwest, NM
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Hiking4.41 Miles 1,239 AEG
Hiking4.41 Miles   4 Hrs   38 Mns   1.24 mph
1,239 ft AEG   1 Hour   5 Mns Break
 
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This is a terrific little hike in the Organ Mountains. The trailhead is in Aguirre Springs Campground. It features lots of big trees and great views. A long time favorite of mine. :D
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 Phoenix
Aguirre Springs - Pine Tree Trail LoopSouthwest, NM
Southwest, NM
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Hiking2.00 Miles 550 AEG
Hiking2.00 Miles
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My family camped at the Aquirre Springs Campground, just east of Las Cruces in Organ, New Mexico. It was close to dusk when my girls got the bug to explore the nearest hiking trail. This is a beautiful scenic route overlooking the valleys and desert below the Organ mountains. There were small patches of snow still nestled in the rocks near the top of the mountain and there was plenty of water run-off and streams to cross along the trail. We had to cut the hike short (turned around halfway) as twilight approached and my youngest daughter wasn't prepared to complete the entire loop. Beautiful piece of country.
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 Cloudcroft, NM
Terri's Friday Hike, NM 
Terri's Friday Hike, NM
 
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Hiking4.00 Miles 1,339 AEG
Hiking4.00 Miles   3 Hrs   30 Mns   1.14 mph
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Drove over and hiked the Pine Trees Loop in the BLM Campground on the East side of the Organ Mountains... guess I'll have to write up a description!

Terri, Leah, Nancy and Dave shared the day... nice outing.

Need to confirm AEG...

I'll post pics later... full album at:

https://plus.google.com/photos/11748554 ... 4345988913
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Apr 09 2012
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 Joined Feb 28 2003
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Aguirre Springs - Pine Tree Trail LoopSouthwest, NM
Southwest, NM
Hiking avatar Apr 09 2012
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Hiking4.50 Miles 1,200 AEG
Hiking4.50 Miles
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A very scenic loop hike on the northern side of the Organ Mountains east of Las Cruces. The trailhead is at Aguirre Spring Campground, not far from where I camped for two nights. Trailhead is at about 5700 feet and the high point of this one is around 6900 feet. I did the loop clockwise. As you get higher up great views of the Tularosa Basin and White Sands Missile Range are enjoyed, as well as the always impressive jagged ridgeline of the Organ Needles above you. These mountains experienced a pretty large fire last year, some of which burned through the hike area. On the return part of the loop a large firebreak was cut to keep the fire from spreading further northwest.
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Apr 08 2012
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 Joined Feb 28 2003
 Tucson, AZ
Organ Mountains, NM 
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Decided I wanted to camp a couple nights at Aguirre Spring Campground on the northeast side of the Organ Mountains. Since it was Easter weekend I knew it would be busy everywhere, so I left Tucson Sunday. When I arrived at the campground around 4 PM, it was jammed with families, but after hanging around talking with the BLM rangers for about an hour, things cleared out rapidly. Only a few folks besides me camped Sunday and Monday. :D This is a very nice campground at a price that can't be beat: $3/night! Note..effective May 1, 2012 the fee increases to $5/vehicle for day use and $7/vehicle for camping. Still a bargain. The campground has a strict gate policy. It is opened at 8 AM and closed at 7 PM from April through September (5 PM from October through March). This helps keep things rather peaceful. :)

Since you are very close to the White Sands Missile Range headquarters, the sound of reveille and taps bugle calls can be heard, which I found kind of cool. The only other thing that was occasionally noticeable was the sound of the drones flying around the area.

There are two hiking trails available from the campground: Baylor Pass and Pine Tree. I did Pine Tree Monday before heading into town to get more ice and stop for some very good Mexican food at Habaneros Fresh Mex (chef Felix does it right!).

After two pleasant nights camping, I stopped for breakfast Tuesday at Andele! in Mesilla (another of my favorites), before heading home. As always, it was another fine time in the Las Cruces area. :y:
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Nov 04 2006
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Las Cruces Weekend, NM 
Las Cruces Weekend, NM
 
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Weekend trip to attend the Renaissance ArtsFaire at Young Park and camp at Aguirre Springs. We also hiked the Pine Tree Trail and visited the La Cueva area over by Dripping Springs on the west side of the mountains to check out the Hermit's Cave, where he was found murdered. I was starting to get into the history of the Hermit (of Hermit Peak fame in Las Vegas, New Mexico) at this time. We also stopped at the Mesilla Cemetery to look for his grave (which we did not find). The pecan trees around Mesilla were looking good with fall color. Always a fun time in Las Cruces!
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