Dona Ana Peak (East Face)
ElevationAscent: 909' 277 m
Descent: -11' -3 m
High: 5,752' 1,753 m
Low: 4,843' 1,476 m
GradeAvg Grade: 18% (10°)
Max Grade: 47% (25°)
“A steep ascent up to amazing views and the highest point of the range.”— Tristan Smith
The arroyo does contain a series three Class 2 scrambles at approximately the 0.2 mile mark; all are easily passable by an experienced hiker without any climbing equipment. After about 0.5 mile you'll see two large cairns on the left hand side denoting the trail turning upwards, the trail follows another arroyo for a few hundred yards and before a cairn-marked turn to the left, exiting the arroyo. After this, the trail continues almost straight upward with occasional cairns and flagging; the trail is very steep but requires no technical climbing.
The trail is relatively well defined with obvious gaps through older growth shrubbery and cacti, however there are small areas where it has become partially overgrown with grasses so always be aware of your surroundings. Upon topping out on the ridge line, follow the trail to the right as it ascends over a small rock outcropping and up to the summit. A second option exists when reaching the ridge which is summiting the "Non-Designated Point" to the south; this offers slightly different views but requires several Class 3 scrambles.
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Land Manager: BLM New Mexico - Las Cruces District Office