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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.
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
What: Hiking up a canyon of dry waterfalls to the ridge and hiking along the ridge, then back down.
When: Saturday Dec. 3
Meeting time: 8:30am
Type: some on trail, most off trail
Difficulty: moderate to difficult
Distance: 6 miles
Hiking time: 5-6 hours
Bring: 3-4 liters of water, snacks, sack lunch to eat on the ridge, sturdy hiking shoes and hiking poles
Alternate meeting place: Mesquite exit #151 off I-10, meet on the east side of the freeway around 8:45 am. Or meet at the Mossman Arroyo Trailhead (the one on the left).
Come join members of the Jornada Hiking Group for a stroll across NMSU's campus to see the 37th annual Noche de Luminarias. The NMSU campus will be lit with 9,000 luminarias (or farolitos).
For more information about the event:
This will be a leisurely stroll across campus. I imagine it will take at least 1-1.5 hours to see all the lights, and enjoy the activities.
Dress warmly in layers and bring a flashlight (but use only if absolutely necessary).
Meeting Place: Parking lot west of NMSU University Museum. 1168 E University Ave Parking.
Cost: Free, but they might have things for sale.
Pet Friendly: No.