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McKittrick Canyon is known as the most beautiful place in Texas during the fall. Last year, we tried to do it but were met with a full parking lot with several hour wait. Blah blah.

**DISTANCE** is ~15 mi round-trip, out and back or loop.

**ELEVATION GAIN** is ~5500 ft gained. May be more because of ups/downs.

**FEES**: None. Of course, if you carpool, please compensate your driver for gas!

**DURATION**: All day. All weekend. Finish by early afternoon.

**PET FRIENDLY?** Yes. Bring a muzzle (you shouldn't be need to be told to bring a leash).

**SKILL LEVEL** is **NOT** beginner friendly. No whiners!

**TERRAIN** includes inches-deep streams, rock wall climbing, climbing from high desert to alpine forest to exposed mountain tundra. Please bring appropriate gear.

**WEATHER** may include thunderstorms. Will be cold & windy on ridgeline.

**AFTERWARDS** we may stop by Pepper Pot (Hatch, NM). Cash only.

**MEET** for carpool at:

 * Las Cruces: 6:40 am, east of NMSU's Pan Am Center. See map ([OpenStreetMap][osm-panam] or [Google Maps][gm-panam]).
* Las Cruces: 7:30 am, K-Mart parking lot on North Main/US 70 and Del Rey, near Shell. See map ([OpenStreetMap][osm-lc-kmart] or [Google Maps][gm-lc-kmart]).
* Las Cruces: 7:30 am, in/outside Milagro's Coffee at Pan Am Plaza. See map ([OpenStreetMap][osm-milagros] or [Google Maps][gm-milagros]).
 * El Paso: 7:00 am, I-10 and Transmountain Road Shell. Meet and park at the gravel parking lot to the west of the gas station. See map ([OpenStreetMap][osm-shell] or [Google Maps][gm-shell]). Note: your organizer is not meeting here, please self-organize!
 * El Paso: 6:45 pm, Walmart at Transmountain/US 54 at the west-most parking lot towards US 54. See map ([Google Maps][gm-elp-walmart]). Note: your organizer is not meeting here, please self-organize!
 * Cloudcroft: 9:00 am, Mountaintop Mercantile. See map ([OpenStreetMap][osm-cloudcroft] or [Google Maps][gm-cloudcroft]).
 * Sierra del Cristo Rey: 6:00 am, bottom of the mountain See map ([OpenStreetMap][osm-cristorey] or [Google][gm-cristorey]) or instructions below.
 * Ruidoso: 9:00 am, Ruidoso Downs Walmart parking lot, northwest corner, on US 70. See map ([OpenStreetMap][osm-ruidoso-walmart] or [Google Maps][gm-ruidoso-walmart]). Ruidoso Downs is a mile or two west of Ruidoso on US 70, and the Walmart turn-off has a traffic light—you can't miss it.

  [osm-panam]: http://www.openstreetmap.org/?mlat=32.285463&mlon=-106.740997&zoom=18&layers=M
  [gm-panam]: http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&source=s_q&hl=en&geocode=&q=32.285463,-106.740997&sll=37.0625,-95.677068&sspn=57.772232,39.726562&ie=UTF8&t=h&z=16

  [osm-lc-kmart]: http://www.openstreetmap.org/?mlat=32.35083&mlon=-106.76538&zoom=17&layers=M
  [gm-lc-kmart]: http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&source=s_q&hl=en&geocode=&q=32.35083,-106.76538&aq=&sll=32.2563,-106.7&sspn=0.015497,0.018582&ie=UTF8&ll=32.351135,-106.768591&spn=0.00774,0.01502&t=h&z=17

  [osm-milagros]: http://www.openstreetmap.org/?node=630424392
  [gm-milagros]: http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&source=s_q&hl=en&geocode=&q=32.287422,-106.745166&aq=&sll=32.304328,-106.770802&sspn=0.057166,0.086174&ie=UTF8&ll=32.28755,-106.745288&spn=0.014929,0.021544&t=h&z=16

  [osm-shell]: http://www.openstreetmap.org/?mlat=31.907703&mlon=-106.581483&zoom=18&layers=M
  [gm-shell]: http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&source=s_q&hl=en&geocode=&q=31.907703,-106.581483&aq=&sll=31.907128,-106.581379&sspn=0.001874,0.001261&ie=UTF8&ll=31.9077,-106.581931&spn=0.001874,0.002693&t=h&z=19

  [gm-elp-walmart]: http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&source=s_q&hl=en&geocode=&q=31.897292,+-106.439618&aq=&sll=31.897353,-106.435947&sspn=0.001806,0.001269&ie=UTF8&t=h&z=16

  [osm-cloudcroft]: http://www.openstreetmap.org/?mlat=32.95731&mlon=-105.743871&zoom=18&layers=M
  [gm-cloudcroft]: http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&source=s_q&hl=en&geocode=&q=32.95731,-105.743871&aq=&sll=37.0625,-95.677068&sspn=58.206849,76.113281&ie=UTF8&t=h&z=17

  [osm-cristorey]: http://www.openstreetmap.org/?mlat=31.792082&mlon=-106.541955&zoom=17&layers=M
  [gm-cristorey]: http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&source=s_q&hl=en&geocode=&q=31.792082,-106.541955&aq=&sll=31.792082,-106.541955&sspn=0.003702,0.004833&ie=UTF8&ll=31.790509,-106.544466&spn=0.01481,0.019333&t=h&z=16

  [osm-ruidoso-walmart]: http://www.openstreetmap.org/?mlat=33.32543&mlon=-105.61552&zoom=16&layers=M
  [gm-ruidoso-walmart]: http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&source=s_q&hl=en&geocode=&q=33.32543,-105.61552&aq=&sll=37.0625,-95.677068&sspn=57.945758,76.113281&ie=UTF8&t=h&z=17

**MORE** information:

* Resource one
* Resource two


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