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Aguirre Springs - Pine Tree Loop

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Canyon hike from desert floor thru mountain pines and back.
Near:Organ, NM
Distance:4.15 miles round trip
Elevation Gain:1040 ft
Hike Time:2.5 hours
Trail Condition:OK, but a few difficult spots

Summary: The trailhead is at the sign. (See photo). Follow the trail to the first metal sign. This is the loop. You may follow the loop in either direction. The rangers suggest to go to the left. The trail is very easy to follow. At the half-way point, there is a primative camping area. Continue along the trail to the end. Beware - there is one other sign on the way down, it will lead you to the campground. Be sure to exit the trail at the proper sign.
Trailhead: From the intersection of I-25 and US-70 in Las Cruces, go east on US-70 about 14.5 miles, through Organ NM, over San Agustine Pass, and turn right on the Aguirre Springs entrance road. Proceed about 6 miles into the park. The trailhead is well marked, about 1/8 mile beyond the pay station. Entrance to the park is $3 per vehicle. (Lat:32.37006 Lon:-106.56011)
Trail Guides for Aguirre Springs - Pine Tree Loop:
Best Seasons: Year-Round
User Groups: Hikers, Dogs, Horses,
Ranger Contact: BLM Las Cruces field office - (505) 525-4300
Localhikes Reporter: This hike was submitted by Michael P. Olbrisch, who has posted  71 other hikes on this site
Trail Reviews  Page 1 of 3   Submit your own review
Reviewed by Jim on 5/23/2015
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Reviewed by Maggie on 9/27/2014
Late September, after some rains the past week, all the flowers were out and the streams were flowing. Temperature was perfect. We stopped a lot to admire the view, take pictures, and have a bite to eat, and we finished the hike in 3 hours. We highly recommend this trail and the dog loved it too!

Reviewed by Viewer on 5/12/2014
I took my 3 college age kids, they rushed me, i liked the shaded spots to rest, it felt longer than four miles we forgot extra water. It was sunny and hot. My daughter got blisters, son said he wouldnt do it again, he is to spoiled with hotels, pools and gyms. I liked itbut wish the college kids would have sloweddown to smell the flowers, I would go back theywouldnt

Reviewed by Danielle on 8/27/2013
We're out of towners, not accustomed to the heat, and the hike was perfect as a 2 hr. morning hike. There's not much shade, despite the name, so wear that sunhat and bring water and a snack. Interesting scenery, lots of insects and wild flowers. It was lovely. 4 miles isn't long for a hike, but it didn't feel short. Nice to have a loop. Sneakers were fine. The drive from Las Cruces was easy and directions were perfect.

Reviewed by Ryan on 3/7/2013
Great hike. Not difficult for people in decent shape. Moderate speed will get you around the loop in a little over two hours.

Reviewed by Viewer on 2/19/2013
My husband and I hiked to the top if Guadalupe peak in TX last week. We wanted a shorter hike with moderate elevation change. That's just what we got! It was a bit chilly when the wind kicked up. The overcast sky made for a pleasant hike. The entrance fee is up to $5.00 now.

Reviewed by Peter on 5/19/2012
Moderate ++ Kids of an age below teen need to be agile to master this trail. Really great experience. I'll camp there next time.

Reviewed by Richard on 1/30/2011
Took three of my grandsons from El Paso to hike here and get a break from desert hiking. They really loved it! We came across patches of snow and ice. Lots of big trees, some with lightning strike damage. Tremendous views. Trail in great shape. Boys want to return and camp.

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