Hopping Jalapeno


The Hopping Jalapeno Trail is located about 5 miles West of Las Cruces. To get to the trailhead, take I-25 North out of Las Cruces and exit at Dona Ana (SR 320, E. Thorpe Rd); turn left (West). Turn right on SR 185, left on CR D052, and right on Rocky Acres Trail. Air down anytime after hitting the dirt road (note: this is also the trailhead for several other trails in this area). Ranging in elevation from approximately 4,100 feet to 4,700 feet, the trail takes you down into some very rocky arroyos, with rocks as large as 12 inches to 18 inches in diameter. There are also a few ledges (ranging from 2 feet to 3 feet), which you must ascend and descend. At Waypoint HJ19 is "The Grease Pit", which gets it name from the approximately 4-foot deep crevice that that you must carefully straddle to cross; over which, you might want to change your oil if you have time <grin>. It's highly recommended that you use a spotter to navigate the Grease Pit! Otherwise use the bypass to the left. The trail is a little less than 3.5 miles long and takes approximately 3 hours or so to complete.

Difficulty Rating:  Two (2) Moderate
(based on my personal rating scale on the Trails Page)

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Here are a couple pictures from the Hopping Jalapeno Trail.
On the left, descending one of the many ledges on the trail.
On the right, navigating over the Grease Pit.

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Cumm. Dist.






N32 22.332'

W106 52.262'



.11 mi

.11 mi

235 (SW)

N32 22.277'

W106 52.357'



.33 mi

.45 mi

290 (WNW)

N32 22.378'

W106 52.680'



.15 mi

.60 mi

260 (W)

N32 22.355'

W106 52.835'



.06 mi

.66 mi

202 (SSW)

N32 22.308'

W106 52.858'



.20 mi

.86 mi

267 (W)

N32 22.299'

W106 53.065'



.27 mi

1.13 mi

322 (NW)

N32 22.483'

W106 53.237'



.18 mi

1.31 mi

276 (W)

N32 22.499'

W106 53.424'



.16 mi

1.47 mi

337 (NNW)

N32 22.626'

W106 53.489'



.12 mi

1.59 mi

21 (NNE)

N32 22.722'

W106 53.445'



.07 mi

1.67 mi

354 (N)

N32 22.786'

W106 53.453'



.11 mi

1.78 mi

265 (W)

N32 22.777'

W106 53.566'



.06 mi

1.84 mi

226 (SW)

N32 22.739'

W106 53.612'



.34 mi

2.18 mi

297 (WNW)

N32 22.874'

W106 53.929'



.08 mi

2.27 mi

207 (SSW)

N32 22.809'

W106 53.969'



.17 mi

2.44 mi

190 (S)

N32 22.662'

W106 54.000'



.24 mi

2.68 mi

168 (SSE)

N32 22.456'

W106 53.947'



.09 mi

2.77 mi

168 (SSE)

N32 22.381'

W106 53.928'



.04 mi

2.81 mi

200 (SSW)

N32 22.346'

W106 53.944'



.05 mi

2.86 mi

153 (SSE)

N32 22.312'

W106 53.922'



.02 mi

2.88 mi

92 (E)

N32 22.311'

W106 53.904'



.25 mi

3.12 mi

9 (N)

N32 22.523'

W106 53.863'



.05 mi

3.18 mi

355N ()

N32 22.570'

W106 53.868'



.24 mi

3.41 mi

15 NNE()

N32 22.767'

W106 53.806'



.04 mi

3.45 mi

46 (NE)

N32 22.793'

W106 53.776'

Notice: Off-highway travel is by its very nature potentially dangerous and could result in property damage, injury, or even death.  If you drive any of the trails on this web site, you acknowledge these risks and assume full responsibility.  You are the final judge as to whether a trail is safe to drive, whether your vehicle is capable of the journey, and whether your skills are up to the challenge.  The publisher of this web site disclaims any and all liability for property damage, bodily injury, or death that could occur to you or any of your passengers.  To the best of my knowledge, the information contained on this page was accurate as of the time I road this trail during the Winter of 2003/2004.   However, things change over time.  And portions of this trail may no longer be legally accessible to motorized vehicles.  Therefore, please be good stewards of our sport--always stay on designated trails . . . and always, always remember to Tread Lightly!

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