The Organ Mountains provide a stunning backdrop to the city of Las Cruces. Their jagged profile keeps many of the city folk in awe of the rocky prominence that lies just to the east of their homes. This jagged appearance keeps many would be hikers away from the mountains thinking that they are way too rugged for hiking. While the Organs do offer outstanding rock climbing and many sheer vertical faces, they also offer some outstanding rock scrambles that lead to airy perches and jaw dropping views. One of the best hikes / scrambles in the Organs is an ascent of Rabbit Ears Plateau. The scrambling should never get above third class and the route is fairly straight forward.
Rabbit Ears Plateau is a broad peak with a rocky summit area. It is bounded on the south by a great vertical wall that drops directly into Big Windy Canyon. On the southwest face of the peak climbers will find a number of long sharp "ribs" that make up the rib cage and offer many challenging rock routes.
The traditional route up Rabbit Ears Plateau visits an old mining hut (Topp Hut) and an area rife with open mine shafts and rusting mining equipment. It then heads into a canyon that often has running water and occasionally a spectacular wildflower display.