Ascent to 6825 in 1978

Climber: Clay Mills

Others in Party:Calvin Lashway
Ascent Type:No Summit Goal
    Elevation:2080 m / 6825 ft

Ascent Trip Report

We traveled by car to Aguirre Springs Campground on the east slope of the Organ Mountains approximately 15 miles east of Las Cruces, New Mexico.

From the campground we ascended to a saddle between 2 peaks (unnamed) of the Organ Mountains. The slope was extremely steep and the climb was a full-scale scramble through loose rock, prickly pear cactus, yucca, cholla, and occasional ocotillo--a true southwestern desert environment. At the base of the rocky peaks were some few scattered pines. Then on through large boulders to the saddle top.

We reached our goal in about 1 1/2 to 2 hours. We sat on the saddle watching the afternoon sun sink toward the flat horizon west of the Rio Grande for about 45 minutes and then proceeded back down the same way.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:337 m / 1105 ft
    Elevation Loss:337 m / 1105 ft
    Quality:6 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Unmaintained Trail, Exposed Scramble
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:337 m / 1105 ft
    Distance:2 km / 1.2 mi
    Route:Pine Tree Trail
    Trailhead:Aguirre Springs Campground  1743 m / 5720 ft
    Time Up:1 Hours 30 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Elevation Loss:337 m / 1105 ft
    Route:Pine Tree Trail
    Trailhead:Aguirre Springs Campground  1743 m / 5720 ft
    Time Down:1 Hours 

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