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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:) 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.***
Located approximately 15 miles north of Kmart and on the east side of the Robledos, adjacent to the Permian Historic Trackway. Dry waterfalls to climb, some bouldering. Will find some shell fossils and gypsum crystals nearby. Bring a lot of water, snacks, and wear long pants. The canyon is very scenic. High-clearance vehicles required, or you can park at the Trackway parking lot and walk to the trailhead(approximately( 1/4 mile).
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 7:00 am so, by 9:00 am, it will be done. This week we will hike Sierra Vista Trail on Dripping Springs Rd. 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 7:00 am at trailhead! If you need a ride from Milagros, please leave a message in the comments.