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5.88 miles

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3333 ft

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The Organ Needles Trail in Las Cruces, New Mexico is a challenging hike that rewards with stunning views. This 5.88-mile round trip trail is rated as difficult, with a steep incline and rocky terrain. The trail begins at the Baylor Canyon Road trailhead and ascends to the Organ Needle Peak, the highest point in the Organ Mountains at over 3,333 feet. The trail offers a variety of landscapes, from desert scrub at the base to pine and juniper forests at higher elevations. The trail is well-marked with cairns and signs, but hikers should be prepared for a strenuous climb. The final ascent to the peak involves some scrambling over rocks, but the panoramic views of the Mesilla Valley and White Sands National Monument are worth the effort. Hikers should start early to avoid the heat, bring plenty of water, and wear sturdy hiking boots. The trail is open year-round, but the best time to hike is in the spring or fall when temperatures are milder. The Organ Needles Trail is a must-visit for those seeking a challenging hike with rewarding views in Las Cruces, New Mexico.
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