Pine Tree Trail

#1 of 8 trails in Organ Mountain National Recreation Area
Pine Tree Trail is a 4.5 mile loop trail located near Las Cruces, New Mexico that offers scenic views and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible year-round.

4.24 miles Loop 1180 feet
Kid Friendly
hiking kids rocky views
Hide Map
Sign up now to see this map!

Viking Jack

21 Completed13 Reviews

This has easily become one of my favorite weekly hikes. The drive there is completely sparse, but when you arrive you realize there are micro-forests at the mountain. It's great to have shade because the sun is always beating down. The trail is pretty easy if you pace yourself. There are a few areas that you have to step up rocks & back down...but my 73 yr old dad made it. The scenery is absolutely amazing, considering you're in a desert. The grandeur of the organ mountains is spectacular as you hike towards the base of them. The first half is has a lot of areas to explore & scramble.Close to the halfway point is when you get into the trees w/ lots of opportunity to rest in the shade. I like to keep a fast pace & scramble off the trail until the halfway point. There is plenty of shade, a fire pit & some logs to sit on. I like to eat my lunch, relax, read a book, then stretch for the second half. Make sure to look over your shoulder on your return-excellent views. Lots of tall, old pines on the way back before it gets sparse again as you wind your way back downhill.

monica pedraza

3 Completed2 Reviews

great view of the peaks and valleys! I cant imagine a more perfect time to hike than during monsoon season (especially after a night of rain ). The air smells amazing, like desert sage and pine! wish I could bottle it up and take it with me. Also, beware of fire ants and rattle snakes (not hostile at all compared to the fire ants!)

Tom Massing

37 Completed21 Reviews

Tom Massing

37 Completed21 Reviews

Cool in the canyon. Lots of wildlife and the spring run until at least June. Great views. Even better that from the Pass. Take the trail to the Left around.

Alysha Brady

6 Completed1 Reviews

Beautiful green mountain with little streams going through it. About as different as you can get from any of the Franklin Mountain hikes.

Jeffrey Sanchez

9 Completed9 Reviews

This is one of the nicest, most rewarding fairly easy trails in the area. Well maintained, good views a lot of the way, and nice overall length. Some cool little streams you cross early in the hike too. Should be a great way to see the poppies in the valley near White Sands in a week or two.

Amir Jalil

15 Completed3 Reviews

Glenn Stewart

6 Completed5 Reviews

This trail has some breath taking views, and so much shade! The trees made this a better trail than anything the franklin mountains has. Take water and bug spray, it's monsoon season so the Mosquitos are annoying on this trail but other than that, totally worth the drive from El Paso.

Matthew Springer

47 Completed34 Reviews

This is one of the most scenic places you will ever see in this region. My wife is not an avid hiker like myself, but she really enjoyed this trail with the amazing views and shaded areas. The trail isn't too difficult, but you will be hiking half the trail up the Organ Needle mountain range area with the halfway point at about 6800 ft elevation.

Crystal Haggerty

1 Completed1 Reviews

This trail was very well kept. This trail is great for a family outing! It is beautiful with trees everywhere! It reminded me a little of Colorado. If you have time I definitely recommend this trail.