Tuesday, January 22, 2013
Doña Ana Peak- Dona Ana Mountains
My step-son Alex and I continued on to the peak, while my step- daughter Jessica and my wife waited. The peak area is very small. There was a cairn and there might have been a jar with notebook to sign as well. The peak at 5,835 is a bit (55 feet) lower than Robledo Peak across the river, still we had a great feeling of accomplishment at summiting our first desert mountain.
Climbing Doña Ana Peak can also be accessed from north when the road past the Chihuahuan Desert Nature Park is open.( Note: this road is now gated and locked not very far beyond the park, a better alternative may be using the powerline road from the south) This actually may be a bit easier than the route we took,but the road getting there is in very poor condition.Note: there are 2 parallel roads off of Jornada Road that access the hike as I did it. They are past Mesa Middle School but before Chihuahuan Desert Nature Park. They are not particularly easy to spot and neither is in great shape. The second one has the Organ Mountains Desert Peaks sign. You will have to have high clearance and you might need 4WD for the sand.