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.

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Purgatory Chasm and Lake Roberts

Milagro Coffee Y Espresso

Our plan-- We will hike Purgatory Chasm trail ( featuring a short interesting slot canyon), take a break, and start the trail around the lake. After the hike, we will do a cookout, chill and have some fun! Reference for the trails-- https://www.alltrails.com/trail/us/new-mexico/purgatory-chasm-trail https://www.alltrails.com/trail/us/new-mexico/lake-roberts-loop This will be an all-day event. The trip is 2.5 hours and approx. 130 miles one way from Cruces. Bring lunch, snacks, and enough water. If you are driving, fill up your gas tank. If you are carpooling, please compensate the driver for gas, wear and tear of the vehicle. Come join us under the shade and enjoy the cool breeze in the forest!

Tortugas Tuesday Fitness Hike

Tortugas Mountain

Our flagship weekday 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. Every Tuesday evening we go out there, pick a trail, and enjoy a fun hike with fun people, not to mention beautiful views of the city and surrounding area. QUICK REFERENCE Distance - Variable, depends on what we decide to do. Please plan between 2 and 4 mi. Elevation Gain - It is some 700 ft to the top of Tortugas Mountain. Fees - None. Duration - Variable; we finish when we finish. We aim for finishing by 8:00 pm or by sunset, whichever happens earlier. Pet Friendly - Yes. You must have a way to restrain your dog. Terrain - loose, steep mountainside. We usually stay on trails but we may go off-trail if people desire something more challenging. 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 - We may head to a restaurant for libations, but we'll discuss this towards the end of the hike. Meet - At Las Cruces - 5:45 pm at Tortugas Mountain Sunset Parking lot near the traffic-lighted intersection of Dripping Springs Road and Sonoma Ranch Boulevard. At the light, turn right (south). Be aware that there are two named parking lots. By tradition, we ALWAYS meet at the Sunset lot. (The other one is the Monte Vista lot.) GPS -[masked]°N,[masked]°W (see on Google Maps http://maps.google.com/?q=32.29748,-106.70694&z=18) Time - We will hit the trail by 5:50. If you might be late call or text, or, preferably, leave a message on the Meetup app event page. DETAILS Clothing - Weather Appropriate attire. Wear thick soled shoes with some tread. Most wear a hat. We’ve had people show up in flip-flops or other unsuitable shoes. This is unwise. Bring water and maybe a hat Kid Friendliness - You know best what your child is capable of, but if you need further details, please ask in the comments. Medical Concerns - This is strenuous exercise, performed outdoors. If you are unsure for any reason please consult your physician. Right-of Way - by tradition, folks going downhill get the right-of way, as they have more momentum. Also, if you encounter a trail cyclist, please step aside. As a hiker, you are more maneuverable than they are. Snakes - there may be rattlesnakes, of course. Late Arrival - If you are going to be late, or decide to cancel, let us know using the Meetup app. We don't want to hold up the group because of stragglers. And please RSVP, it really helps if we have an accurate count of the number of hikers. Routes There are 8 main routes to the top, and one main loop around the base. There are several offshoots on the loop, and a few interconnections between some of the upgoing trails. Base Loop Trail - This is a loop around the base of the mountain. It is 4 miles long, with about 400 feet of accumulated elevation gain. The Road - this is a paved and gated (locked) road that, named Observatory Road, that intersects Geothermal Road. "Straight Up" - This is the northernmost of the trails on the west side of the mountain facing the city. Turtleback - This runs somewhat parallel to the "Straight up" trail and is slightly south. The "A" Trail - This trail is on the west side and the trailhead is south of the Turtleback trail that goes by the "A" near the top. The Rock-slide - A somewhat steep path on the South West side of the mountain. The terrain of the trail is mostly loose stones. Boulder Pass (or The Backside) - This trail is located in the center of the mountain facing the east side. The Steep Way - This trail is located on the north side of the mountain and is one of the steepest paths we take. You may use your hands to do some light scrambling. Three Rocks - This is a lesser-used trail that is on the north side of the mountain. There is light scrambling on this route.

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.***


I'd like to offer a backpacking trip on the weekend of July 26-28. Options include White Mountains Wilderness by Ruidoso and Guadalupe Mountains National Park. If we go in the White Mountains, there will be water available but we could arrange for a gentle into to dry camping if desired. Good routes include Argentina, top of Sanders Ridge, Phantom, Bonito, and Aspen. I have hiked every trail (well maintained, abandoned, and burned out ones) in the White Mountains wilderness. We would car camp Friday night and backpack Saturday returning on Sunday. If we go to Guadalupe Mountains, it will be more or less the same schedule. But, dry camping is the only option. There is no way to avoid a long climb except for the Shumard Trail which will be hot. If you want to learn more about camping we can cover specific topics: water treatment, fire building (conditions permitting), choosing a campsite, sleeping options (tents, hammocks, etc), map and compass navigation as smart phones may not have reception. Just remember, dry camping means a heavy pack. But, this is an easy time of year. We can arrange winter backpacking later. I don't recommend backpacking in Carlsbad. The Guadalupe trails are much better. Yo quiero offrir uno viaje de excursionismo con mochila la fin de semana Julio 26-28. Opciones incluyen Montanas Blancas Tierra Virgen o Parque Nacional Montanas Guadalupe. Si iramos al Montanas Blancas, serian manantiales, pero, si quieres Podemos practicar seco campamento suave. Senderos Buenos incluyen: Argentina, Phantasma, Cadena Sanders, Bonito, y Aspen. Yo camine todos senderos en esta zona (senderos en buen condicion, abandonado, y los quemados). Podemos campar Viernes noche y excursionismo de mochila sabado retornando domingo. Si iramos al Montanas Guadalupe seria la misma coche campando Viernes y excursionismo Sabado-Domingo. Pero, el unico opcion es seco campando. Todos senderos incluyen mucho subiendo con el excepcion de Shumard que va tener mucho calor. Si quieres apprender mas de campamento, Podemos estudiar sujetas como tratamento de agua, cocincando, buscando buen lugares de campamento, navegando con brujula, construccion de incendio de campamento dependiendo en los condiciones, y mas. Recuerdas que seco campando es una mochila con mucho peso. Pero, eso es un facil tiempo de an~o apprender campamento. Si quieres, Podemos ir campando en invierno en la nieve mas tarde. I was a Philmont Ranger teaching Scouts and have backpacked, canoe camped, ski camped, bike camped, and snowshoe camped in Alaska, Manitoba, the Amazon, Malawi, Washington, Wisconsin, Michigan, Arizona, New Mexico, Utah, Cambodia, Texas,and more. Yo estuve uno Rangero Philmont ensenando los Scouts y yo fui en excursionismos de mochila, esquiando y canoa campando, bicyclando campando, y mas en Alaska, Manitoba, Malawi (Africa), Washington, Wisconsin, Michigan, Arizona, Utah, New Mexico, Cambodia, Texas, y mas. If interested, let me know and we'll arrange the details: items to bring, meetup location, etc. Si tienes interes, di me y vamos preparer los pormenores: cosas de necessitas, punto de reunion, y mas.

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Tortugas Mountain Wake-up Hike

Sunset Parking Lot

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