Organ Peak is separated from the main body of Quartz Monzonite peaks so famously know for their steep and exposed rock faces on the western side of the range, by Filmore Canyon. South of the canyon, the peaks are gentle and rounded, when compared to the steep and rugged rock pinnacles to the north. The rock is mostly Rhyolite as well, which is extrusive instead of intrusive, as is the Monzonite. Organ Peak is covered in Rhyolite, though there are areas of monzonite outcropping on the ridge leading up to the peak, and it presents a strong contrast to Organ Needle, with it's steep, vertically jointed Quartz Monzonite to the north. Organ Peak does not have the steep faces, the challenging scrambling, or the feeling of being on a high peak, that the Needle does. The views of Organ Needle to the north are spectacular, but most of the thin section of organ peaks is hidden behind the Needle, so you will not be able to see all of them.
Organ Peak is also much less frequently visited than Organ Needle. The trail is rough in the mid section, and only in the canyon bottom is it very obvious. It isn't too hard to find on the ridge, but can be confusing in spots. This peak does
Getting ThereAccess is from the west, coming up Dripping Springs Road to the visitor center, or the La Cueva Picnic area. From I-25 after it splits from I-10 in Las Cruces, take the University Ave. exit and proceed east. This is Dripping Springs Road.
Alternatively, from the north and east, take US 70 from either I-25, or US 70 from Alamogordo, NM and proceed to San Augustin Pass. A couple of miles west of the pass, and just west of the small town of Organ, an exit for Baylor Pass Road is found. You may use Baylor Pass Road to access dripping Springs Road. It is mostly dirt, but is paved for it's northern third. It provides excellent up close views of the Organ Mountains west face, and it dead ends at a T-intersection on to Dripping Springs Road.
This is a hike with modest scrambling. Unlike the small section of scrambling for Organ Needle, there is no exposed rock here and it is not as steep. The main access is the unmaintained Filmore Canyon Trail. This social trail breaks off from the Modoc Mine Trail, officially the Filmore Canyon Trail for the BLM, just before the Modoc Mine site and the wash you cross to gain access to a small tailing pile. The trail can be seen traversing the north facing slope of Filmore Canyon when hiking up to the Yellow Rocks section of the Organ Needle trail, should you go too far.
For a better than a mile, the trail snakes it's way up Filmore Canyon. Shortly after passing another mine site with the trail crossing between small depressions on either side of the trail, you enter the area known as the Narrows. A short but narrow section of canyon that is reminiscent of slots canyons in other parts of the southwest. Winds through here are often fierce, with the narrows acting as a funnel. Just past the narrows, the trail turns right with the canyon bottom and continues up stream through a small camping area with pine and a nice sized oak. Past this, there is a small part of an airplane crash, and just beyond that they trail leads you to a rock slab. This slab is currently underneath of a mostly dead Alligator Juniper, killed by the fire which was a few years ago. At that point, there is a small, poorly worn social trail leading up slope. If you can find it, take it. other wise, head up slope and a ridge that leads to the main east-west ridge which contains Organ Peak, and a smaller peak with an abandoned observatory on it.
After reaching in main ridge and on the northwest side of a shack which is in the saddle before the observatory, the trail moves towards the ridge and follows the ridge towards the summit. It is more or less easy to follow, but some sections require more than a bumbling skill.