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Sunday, February 17, 2019


At the trailhead in Soledad Canyon
Dr. K, Becca and I started our Sunday morning hike just after 8 a.m. on the Bar Canyon Trail in Soledad Canyon, Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument.  Only one car was in the parking lot as we headed off to the east.  We took the first right onto the loop trail and trekked south all the way to the military gate where the sign (pictured below) warned us off going any further.  The gate blocks entrance to one of the boundary areas of Fort Bliss Military Reservation, an enormous tract of land that stretches all the way down to El Paso, Texas.

There were two hikers behind us on our outward leg, but we never encountered them; however, on the way back we bumped into quite a few outdoor enthusiasts.  One young couple had a small dog with them, and the man picked the canine up and carried him--perhaps worried about an encounter with Becca who was on lead by that time.  As the couple passed we couldn't help but notice that the dog the man was carrying looked like Becca's Mini-Me.  I said to the couple, "It looks like you have a miniature version of our dog."  They laughed, and the man said, "He's only five months old."  The puppy was squirming to be let loose, but the guy said, "You're all right."

We encountered several other people on the way down to the parking lot, which was nearly full when we reached it; and more cars were pouring in as we hopped inside of Whitey the CR-V for the ride home.
Where the trail splits

Hills and mountains

Some rocky territory

You can just make out the trail near the base of that lower outcrop

Organ Mountains from Soledad Canyon

Hard to see the trail at the outcrop's base

This and the next 3:  The Chimney

View to the east

Closer look at those outcrops

Jet over the mountains

3 progressively closer looks at that formation



Becca headed toward the gate

The Chimney

Warning sign at the military boundary

Rugged and steep formations

Closer look

Two more views of the Chimney


Headed back

Scouting around

One last look back

1 comment:

Unknown said...

It's always fun to get to see the interesting rock formations on this side of the mountain range.

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