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Starting at the Soledad Canyon Trailhead, we'll make a clockwise loop passing by the Rock House, taking a quick detour to the Bar Canyon waterfall, and then finish the clockwise loop back to the cars. If you've been complaining that we get up too early for hikes, or that we drive too far, or what have you finally, a hike for you! QUICK REFERENCE Distance - 3-4 miles round-trip. Elevation Gain - 1000 ft gained. Fees - None. Of course, if you carpool, please compensate your driver for gas! Duration - We aim for finishing by ? pm. Pet Friendly - Yes. You must have a way to restrain your dog (you shouldn't need be told to bring a proper leash). Ask the other hikers before unleashing your dog. Skill Level - While this is one of the easiest of the hikes we do, you should always come prepared. The elevation is noticeably higher than Las Cruces, and if you are out of shape you will feel it. Terrain - A well-maintained trail, gravel & dirt. Weather - Typically doesn't matter, we usually hike rain or shine, unless there is a lightning storm or a particularly bad wind storm. We won't decide to cancel until an hour before the event. Afterward Meet - - Las Cruces: 10:00 am, outside Milagro Coffee at Pan Am Plaza. DETAILS What You Should Bring Clothing - Weather Appropriate attire. Check the day of the event, plan accordingly. You will also be exercising and sweating so keep that in mind. Wear thick soled shoes with some tread. Water - Always a good idea in the desert. At least a liter per person is preferable. Flashlight - We don't plan on hiking in the dark, but you never know. Headlamps are the best, but any flashlight will work in a pinch. Miscellaneous Kid Friendliness - As the parent or guardian you know best what your child is capable of. Use common sense, but if you need further details ask in the comments. In the end you and you alone are responsible for your child. Medical Concerns - This is at times strenuous exercise, performed outdoors. If you are unsure for any reason please consult your physician before attempting any of our hikes. Late Arrival - It is very important that if you are going to be late or decide to cancel at the last minute to let us know. We don't want to hold up the group because of stragglers. And please RSVP, it really helps if we have an accurate accountability of the number of hikers. ***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.***
I have the day off for President's Day. To Celebrate, I am going to go sit in a cave in the mountains and NOT THINK ABOUT THE PRESIDENT. Everyone is welcome to join, BUT DON'T TALK ABOUT POLITICS. You may have noticed there is an interesting rock formation off to the right (south) when you are on the trail to the waterfall in Bar Canyon (Soledad Canyon Day Use Area.) I saw it several times on group hikes, and always meant to go up there and check it out. I finally did it last August. There is a cave up there. I'll post photos. The cave is about a mile from the parking lot. That makes for an easy hike, except for one thing. The approach to the cave is about an eighth of a mile (220 yards) at a 45% grade. More explicitly, you gain 284 feet of elevation over the course of 633 feet of horizontal travel. The path has a lot of loose rock. It's firmer than scree, but the footing is uncertain so you have to go slow. Some like this kind of challenge; others don't. Unlike most hikes, you can whine all you want, just DON'T TALK ABOUT POLITICS. If you have knee or ankle issues, you might want to not do this. I estimate the hike itself will take an hour and a half. If we decide to go to the waterfall, or to chimney rock, or both, it'll take longer.
Relatively easy trail which offers a nice view and a defunct tin mine which can be partially explored. The trail is out and back and totals about 6.6 miles in distance with 1023 ft of elevation change. We'll meet at the trailhead located at GPS[masked] [masked] (East side of the Franklin Mountains in NE El Paso). A flashlight is recommended if you want to explore the mine. As always, participants are responsible for their own safety.
This is our traditional Tuesday evening hike that starts after Daylight Savings Time ends each year, replacing the Tortugas Tuesdays Fitness Hike. The Las Cruces Dam, running north to south from Del Rey Boulevard to East Lohman, is frequently used as a walking/running/biking path in the City that, unlike other paths, is sufficiently away from any motor routes. The dam walk is absolutely level, no elevation gain/loss, which should be pretty obvious. The city light surrounding the dam is quite a view in itself; also, it makes it possible to do this hike without carrying your own light. However, hikers are encouraged to bring a light just in case. This is an easy 5-mile hike suitable for all levels of hikers. Let's come out and have some fun! DISTANCE is 5.3 mi round-trip. ELEVATION GAIN is absolutely zero. FEES: None. DURATION: under 2 hours. PET-FRIENDLY? Yes, have a way to restrain your dog, and if you'd like to unleash, please ask others before you do so. SKILL LEVEL is unbelievably beginner friendly. TERRAIN hard-packed sandy loam path. WEATHER is TBA. Afterward, we may go for dinner together (will decide during the hike). MEET at: Las Cruces: 6:00 pm, south end of Las Cruces Dam near East Lohman Ave., just east of Telshor, behind the OfficeMax. See map (OpenStreetMap (http://www.openstreetmap.org/?mlat=32.317146&mlon=-106.741609&zoom=18&layers=M) or Google Maps (https://maps.google.com/maps?q=32.317146,-106.741609&hl=en&ll=32.317004,-106.740659&spn=0.003863,0.003026&sll=34.166233,-106.026069&sspn=15.464957,12.392578&t=m&z=18)).