What we're about

Meet other local hiking and outdoor enthusiasts. All those who are interested in outdoor excursions near and far and meeting new people to do things around home. New to the area? The group is a great way to get to know the area.

We hike in the area of Las Cruces, New Mexico (including Gila Wilderness, Deming, Alamogordo, Ruidoso, and Silver City), and El Paso, Texas.

Upcoming events (4+)

La Llorona trail stroll along the Rio Grande

La Llorona Park

The La Llorona trail is a flat, gravel-bed trail along the Rio Grande. The portion we'll be hiking starts at La Llorona Park, and goes south to/past the I-10 overpass. The plan is to walk the trail for 45 minutes and then turn around and head back to the cars. We should get 3-5 miles in.

This trail is completely flat (i.e. easy). Consider bringing weights, etc to make sure you have a workout. Hikers are encouraged to bring a light, as it can be very dark along the river (red light if able and please refrain from shining in people's eyes and if asked, be willing to hike in front or behind the group).

DISTANCE: ~3-5 mi, out and back.

ELEVATION GAIN: zero

FEES: None. Of course, if you carpool, please compensate your driver for gas!

DURATION: 1.5 hours. Should finish by 7:15pm. We will start directly at 5:45, please arrive a couple minutes early.

PET FRIENDLY? Yes. have a way to restrain your dog. (you shouldn't need be told to bring a proper leash), and if you'd like to unleash, ask others before you do so, but we recommend keeping your dog on leash during night hikes.

SKILL LEVEL: beginner friendly. Please find a way to make it more difficult (weights, etc), if necessary.

TERRAIN: paved asphalt trail as well as sections of gravel-bed trail.

WEATHER: TBD.

OPTIONAL AFTERWARDS: Decide during hike/at end in parking lot

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.

THE THURSDAY WALK: Sagecrest Park

Sagecrest Park

TIME 8:30 AM. We leave on time.

DETAILS: The Sagecrest Trail, off Sagecrest Park (corner of Roadrunner Parkway and Frontier Drive) is a 3 or so mile out and back walk on a paved path that parallels, part of the way, the Las Cruces Dam. We meet at 8:30 am sharp at the picnic table toward the rear of the park as you enter through the park gate on Frontier. Parking is on Frontier.

REMEMBER: Dress for the weather. Consider layering. Bring water. Wear appropriate shoes.

Tortugas Mountain Wake-up Hike

Sunset Parking Lot

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:)

Route
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.

QUICK REFERENCE

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.

Miscellaneous

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.

Morning stroll at Desert Trails Community Park

Desert Trails Community Park

Start your day off with a morning stroll thru Desert Trails Community Park.
This will be an out and back walk. This may change as/if the group decides to go thru the park and come back a different way.
INFO: Desert Trails Park is a hidden park within the Sonoma Ranch neighborhood. If you drive too fast you may miss the entrance, which looks like a gated community from the streets. Other than the mostly pavement trail, the park looks natural and raw with lots of shrubs around. It's great for dog walkers. Once towards the center of the park, you get a beautiful view of Las Cruces to the west, and the golf course and Organs to the east.
Expect the walk to take about 30 minutes to walk the trails from Sonora Springs through the park over to Mission Rd and then back. So, we'll do this 2x to get in a 60 minute walk and use different trails for each out and back. The trails have small ups and downs.
Dogs are welcome.
Since this is a morning walk, please come prepared with proper attire.
TRAILS: a mix of concrete and dirt/sand.
WHERE TO MEET: the parking lot on Sonora Springs Rd (between E. Springs Rd and Sedona Hills Parkway)
Map of park location: https://www.las-cruces.org/DocumentCenter/View/894/Desert-Trails-PDF

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