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4.2 mile 6.7 kilometer point to point
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Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 1,037' 316 m
Descent: -933' -285 m
High: 6,704' 2,043 m
Low: 5,687' 1,733 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 9% (5°)
Max Grade: 22% (12°)

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A loop trail climbing to the base of the Organ Mountains through Ponderosa pine habitat.

Alison Swing

Features Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Family Friendly Kids will love the views, especially the opportunities to see wildlife.

Need to Know

There is very little shade during the summer and temperatures in the area can easily exceed 100 degrees Fahrenheit. Carry water.

$5 day use fee for Aguirre Campground.

Description

The Pine Tree Trail is a four-mile loop providing spectacular views of the Organ Mountains and the Tularosa Basin.

From the Aguirre Springs Campground, park at the trailhead east of the campground loop. The trail sign is large. Hike up from the road and the trail will soon bisect at .25mile. Turn left. Just short of a mile turn right to continue on the Pine Tree trail.and climb to the base of the Organ Needles before continuing the loop back to the intersection .25 away from the trailhead.

Flora & Fauna

Cholla cacti and prickly pear. Rabbits, lizards, rattlesnakes are all in the area.

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Apr 17, 2019
Al Frias
well maintained, couple of felled trees to go around, couple of small brooks to cross. awesome view of valleys below. lightly pelted by pea size… 4.1mi — 3h 00m
Mar 9, 2019
Pistola Straate
with Dani. Spectacular Alligator Junipers
Oct 29, 2018
Dan Anthony
4.2mi
Feb 24, 2018
Brian Philip
Jan 28, 2018
Justin Weissert
4.2mi
Nov 10, 2017
Richard White
4.5mi — 2h 30m
Jun 17, 2017
EK Ventures
4.2mi
Mar 22, 2017
Jean-Claude Linossi
Have hiked this trail several times. Have hiked it in the spring and in the winter. Encountered snow in the winter 4.2mi — 2h 15m

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  4.6 from 18 votes

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in New Mexico

#139

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4,129 Since Aug 16, 2015
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A great trail situated close to El Paso and Las Cruces. I recommend going counter clockwise for the best views. Mar 19, 2017
A real gem in the Las Cruces / El Paso area. It traverses a "micro climate" where impressive old grown junipers and pines grow on the east side of the Organ Mountains. Great views of the "Needles" and "Rabbit Ears," along with other outstanding views of granite peaks and dessert. Nice elevation gain and a good amount of shade on this trail as well. Nov 10, 2017
I hike the trails around Las Cruces almost every day and finally decided to drive over to Aguirre Springs to check out the Pine Tree Trail. It is a wonderful trail and my new favorite for the area. I plan to make the drive over there once every week or two to enjoy this trail. Plenty of trees which are in short supply on the other side of the mountain. Great views of the Organs and White Sands. I'm retired and thought it might be more difficult but found it pretty easy overall. Plenty of rocky areas but nothing very steep or radical. If you are in decent physical condition and/or younger it should be no problem. I was there on a beautiful sunny Friday in Dec. and only met one other couple on the trail. Verizon cell signal was strong in case of emergency. The road up to the area has some pretty sharp curves so take it easy on the way up and back. I downloaded the map to The Hiking Project App on my phone which was nice to check I was on the main trail and didn't take a wrong turn since it isn't always obvious when the trial forks. Dec 14, 2018

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