Pine Tree Trail

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#1 of 8 trails in Organ Mountain National Recreation Area
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Pine Tree Trail is a 4.2 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Las Cruces, NM that offers scenic views and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and trail running and is accessible year-round.

4.2 miles 1023 feet Loop
kid friendly hiking trail running views rocky
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Raina Askar-Miranda
18 days ago

3 Completed0 Reviews

Great loop!

Evangelina Olivas
1 month ago

2 Completed0 Reviews

Moderate hiking with beautiful views of the valley and the Organ Mountains. We did not see animals and flowers but the vegetation is green and varied. the streams should be beautiful after some rain.

Celso Martinez
1 month ago

9 Completed0 Reviews

awesome views and well maintained.

Andrea Peterson
1 month ago

38 Completed11 Reviews

This trail is a hidden gem. I grew up in Alamogordo and saw the signs to turn off to this park and set of trails many times before I ever went in, during college. It turned out to be an easy trail with plenty of elevation change and great views. You may drive by and think it'll just be more rocks and brush, like the rest of the foothills of the Organ Mountains. It's not. There's greenery and wildflowers, and plenty of tree cover, once you get up a little higher. I cannot recommend this place highly enough.

Jeff N.
1 month ago

Great hike with wonderful views and diversity. Very nice campsite at summit near sign. Also agree with other reviews it's not a place I would bring young kids.

So close to town make it a must hike.

Juan Galvis
2 months ago

4 Completed0 Reviews

Is a hard hike for kids very steep but beautiful

Alejandra Quevedo
3 months ago

5 Completed5 Reviews

Beautiful hike! Crazy to see how much wildlife and vegetation is on the mountain especially when you come from El Paso and only think we have desert around us. Thankful for my hiking shoes since the trail was still icy and had snow in some parts, definitely helped with the slipping (or not slipping). Beautiful views of the peaks and streams. Kid and dog friendly just make sure you take water and some long socks. Will be doing this again.

Ian Woodward
4 months ago

1 Completed1 Reviews

It is harder than its easy rating. It's a great hike, but it's a bit harder than easy.

Viking Jack
7 months ago

20 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
9 months ago

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
10 months ago

40 Completed22 Reviews

Tom Massing
10 months ago

40 Completed22 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
11 months ago

10 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
1 year ago

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
1 year ago

15 Completed3 Reviews

Glenn Stewart
1 year ago

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
2 years ago

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
2 years ago

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.

Colton Ragsdale
2 years ago

26 Completed2 Reviews

It was so nice to see plenty of trees with green only an hour away from El Paso. I would rank this as a "moderate" hike as well. With plenty of breaks and a halfway stop we completed the trail in around 3 hours. Saw plenty of lizards and stink bugs.

Priya Nair
2 years ago

1 Completed1 Reviews

Majestic trail - so close to El Paso and Las Cruces but feels world away. A fantastic getaway and very walkable but a bit lengthy. Do bring water and maybe some snacks. Highly recommended