One beautiful climbing destination for the NMT Wilderness Program was Sugarloaf Peak (elev. 8150′), found to the east of Organ Needle, in the Organ Mountains. The Organs are located adjacent to Las Cruces, NM, and form a dramatic skyline to the east. From Aguirre Springs CG, the route leads through Indian Hollow, a charming vest-pocket wilderness with a seasonal creek and timber at the upper end, which includes a grove of aspens. Sugarloaf is a conical peak. The name is derived from the time before sugar cubes, when sugar was formed into a tall cone (or “loaf”, see illustration)
Sugarloaf mountains seem to be a form characteristic of granite, such as the famous Sugarloaf of Rio de Janeiro. The photos seen here are of climbing trips with both NMT students and, later, with my wife, Kathy.