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A morning beat-the-heat hike! Come meet us at Tortugas Mountain (aka "A Mountain", because it has a big "A" on it). It's an urban mountain with many, many hiking trails to explore. Imagine the refreshing moment of overviewing the city with cool morning breeze in the shade at the mountain top. It's a nice and quick workout to begin a day, and we will hike mostly in the shade (because we are early enough:)
We will hike "Straight up" - This is the northern of the two trails on the west side of the mountain facing the city. It medium rocky terrain, medium incline. It is the quickest way up the mountain and reaches the observatory at the top.
Distance - About 2 miles
Elevation Gain - Approximately 800 ft to the top of Tortugas Mountain.
Fees - None
Duration - 1 hour
Pet Friendly - Yes, if your dog(s) follow the rules and the pace of the group.
Skill Level - moderate
Terrain - loose, steep mountainside
Weather - Nice
What You Should Bring--Water, sunscreen, snacks, etc.
Medical Concerns - This hike might be strenuous at times. If you are unsure for any reason please consult your physician before attempting any of our hikes.
Late Arrival -- Expect arrival 5 minutes early (6:55). We will start the hike on time.
See you soon!
***Caution/Disclaimer: Each individual hiker is responsible for their own personal safety/health and of their guests when participating in Jornada Hiking & Outdoor Club activities. The organizers of Jornada Hiking & Outdoor Club and the Jornada Hiking & Outdoor Club are not liable for any illness, injury, accident, mechanical break-down, or unforeseen acts that may occur while you participate going to, during, or after any activity. If you have a medical condition that may be aggravated by any kind of physical activity you must make your own personal decision about attending and not hold any of the volunteer organizers liable. All organizers are volunteers and are not compensated during any activity.***
Boston Hill Area The Boston Hill area of Silver City is south of historic downtown, and includes the La Capilla Heritage Park and more than half a dozen former mining sites. Boston Hill, which gives the area its name, offers a fantastic view of the county from an elevation of 6,380 feet above sea level. But within a few hundred yards of its summit, plunging ravines and winding trails give the Boston Hill area a worlds-away feel, with mule deer, rabbits, and javelina common trail users. Less often, you can spot coatimundi and foxes living within the Town’s borders, safe within the Boston Hill system. Trailheads Trailheads are available on Cooper Street, Cheyenne Street, Spring Street, and Market Street. The trails range from level ground to moderately rugged inclines. Many of the trails intersect, offering a range of paths through the area, and the hill’s ravines and secluded valleys are terrific spots for a "remote" picnic just a few hundred yards from Silver City’s heart. A historic narrow-gauge railroad bed crosses the trail area along much of its southern third, entering the trails area near the Market Street trailhead and exiting it near the Cooper Street trailhead after a winding course of about two miles. If we have time we can also hike the the Big Ditch trail and explore downtown Silver City and have lunch. This is a new hike for the group l have never done any of these hike so it will be a new adventure for me. Driving time is about 1.5 hours 1 way.