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We're super luck to get to see another Blood Moon so close to the last one in 2018! We will start walking at 7:30pm, around the time the eclipse is set to begin. We will get to watch the start of the eclipse. Totality starts at 9:41 (near the end of our walk) and will last almost an hour. People can stay at the parking lot and watch the entirety , or the group may decide to walk part of the levee again (I may bring a chair and hangout for a while). Check out https://www.timeanddate.com/eclipse/in/usa/las-cruces for more details. Many of us will be able to sleep in since Monday, Jan 21 is MLK. The Las Cruces Dam, running north to south from Del Rey Boulevard to East Lohman, is frequently used as a walking path in the city that, unlike other walking paths, is sufficiently away from any motor routes. The dam walk is absolutely level (no elevation gain/loss). Which should be pretty obvious; otherwise, the engineers who built it had a problem. 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 suit for all levels of hikers. Lets come out and have some fun! We’ll check out the weather forecast the night before. If it’s cold, I’m still strolling. But, if it’s super cloudy…we might cancel! • What to bring Warm clothing!, water, a flash light (please only use if absolutely necessary) PET FRIENDLY? Yes, have a way to restrain your dog, and if you'd like to unleash (not recommended on night hikes) , ask others before you do so. SKILL LEVEL is unbelievably beginner friendly.
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)).
This is mid-of-week two hour early morning hike. The intention is to do a variety of hikes. We will pick an established trail, park at the trail head, start hiking. Once the clock hits an hour, we will turn around and return to the hike. We will try to hit the trail head by 8:00 am so, by 10:00 am, it will be done. This hike will probably be a loop hike. This week we will hike some of the East Mesa trails on the east end of Northrise Rd. The trailhead is 1/2 mile east from the intersection of Sonoma Ranch Rd. and Northrise Rd. at the east end of Northrise Next week, we will do a different hike, which is up for suggestion during this week's hike. Bring at least one liter of drinking water, sunscreen, snack, and of course, yourself! See you Wednesday morning 8:00 am at trailhead!
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.***