Ascent of Organ Needle on 2016-11-09

Climber: Fred Brown

Others in Party:Brother - Alan
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Wednesday, November 9, 2016
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Hi-Clearance Vehicle
Peak:Organ Needle
    Location:USA-New Mexico
    Elevation:8980 ft / 2737 m

Ascent Trip Report

I started the trail using the Modoc Mine Road off Baylor Road which is the standard route used in the GPS tracks provided by other hikers. The road is still rough and a high clearance vehicle is recommended. Even though I have four-wheel drive I stopped before the green gate. The trail at the end of the Modoc Mine Road is a well worn path marked with cairns so its easy to follow as it merges with the trail from the Dripping Springs parking lot. A large cairn marks this junction. Follow the trail headed toward the prominent yellow rocks. You will start seeing orange construction tape and cairns marking the route. Again, the trail is well worn and easy to follow. The orange tape, along with green tape in places, highlights the route all the way to the top. After the previously mentioned "junction" I never had to look at a map again since the trail was obvious and fit descriptions noted in previous hiker trip reports. The Class III section is not bad. Given the time of year much of the hike was in the shade thus very comfortable hiking weather. I've read this is considered one of the tougher trails in NM. I didn't think so.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:3480 ft / 1060 m
    Round-Trip Distance:7 mi / 11.3 km
    Route:Modoc Mine Rd and Needles Trl
    Trailhead:Modoc Mine Road  5500 ft / 1676 m
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Unmaintained Trail, Scramble, Exposed Scramble
    Weather:Clear and cool

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