I thought I was alone when I saw I had the only car at the trailhead. Then the wind hit while I was on the Notch and I felt like I was the Omega Man!
Good that you got back before they close the gate.If not, your stuck!
We hiked Mckittrick Canyon as a side trip while visiting nearby Carlsbad Caverns. Wonderful scenery! --mark d.
Next time try the Notch. Absolutely stunning!
Great place for viewing wildlife. Try to go on a weekday, when the "crowds" (such as they are) aren't so bad. Make sure you don't get locked in!