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.

Upcoming events (5)

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.***

Backpacking to Jordan hot spring/Excursion con mochilla al Agua Calientes Jordan

This will be a full weekend trip to Jordan Hotspring. Let’s meet by Sprouts on the west side between Sprouts and the gym at 1730 Friday. From there, we take off and can go to I-10 and head west to Silver City. We can meet up again at the Walmart in Silver City to make sure everyone is still with us. From there, we’ll head north into the Gilas. We will lose phone reception a little outside of Silver City. It’s a slow and winding road. We can pick a campsite along the way. There’s one by MP 32 on the Military Road trailhead. In the morning, we can continue on to the TJ Corral Trailhead at[masked]’ N and[masked]’W. It will be a 7 mile hike to the spring: 4.5 miles on Little Bear and 2.5 miles along the Middle Fork. The hike into Little Bear has a small 1400 ft climb in 2.25 miles and then descends. The Middle Fork will be a very gentle uphill following the river and having 15-16 river crossings. There is some poison ivy on the trail. There is plentiful camping just 1/10 mile upstream of the hotspring. I will use hiking boots for Little Bear and my river hiking shoes with neoprene socks for the river hike. You will need to carry all your gear, food, etc. Sunday, we can enjoy the hotspring, or a cool dip in the river. Then, we hike back out the way we came in. We will need the means to treat water. The canyon views are spectacular. Eso seria toda fin de semana excursion al manantial caliente Jordan. Nos encuentremos al lado oeste de Sprouts entre Sprouts y gymnasio al 1730 viernes. Desde alla, iramos al I-10 para Silver City. Nos encuentraramos en Walmart en Silver City ver que no perdamos nadas gentes. Desde alla, nos iramos norte en las Gilas. Nos perdiramos recepcion telefonico un poco fuera de Silver. El camino es muy despacio. Podemos buscar un lugar de campamento en la via, possiblemente milla 32 al inicio de Sendero Military Road. En la manana, Podemos continuar a TJ Corral inicio de sendero. La caminata seria 11.5 km al manantial caliente: 7.5 km sendero Little Bear y 4 km sendero Middle Fork. La caminata en Little Bear hay una subidita de 430 m en 3.6 km y bajando despues. Sendero Middle Fork seria subiendo muy poco siguiendo el rio y cruzando 15-16 veces. Cuidate, hay un poco de hiedra venenosa aqui. Seria mucho lugares de campamento solomente 200 metros despues de aguas calientes. Yo voy usar mis botas para Little Bear y mis zapatos del rio con medias neoprena en Middle Fork. Debes cargar todos tus equipmentos, comidas, etc. Domingo, Podemos disfrutar la manantial algun mas o relajar en el rio. Despues, vamos regressar la misma ruta. Debes la abilidad tratar agua. Las vistas son incredible. https://www.discovernewmexico.com/nmhotsprings/#Jordan_Hot_Springs. Contact me if you need info on what to pack. Escribe mi si necessitas informacion sobre que tipos de equipmentos necessitas. My recommendation is to drive individually and maintain a social distance. Mi recommendacion es manejar solo y maintenga distancia. ***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.***

White Sands Sunset/Moonlit hike to Alkali Flat

Old Kmart Parking Lot

Each month during the summer, White Sands has a "full moon night" where the park is kept open an extra hour or two. The park closes at 10 pm (subject to change). Perfect for some night time, moonlit hiking. Note: this is DIFFERENT than the National Park Service's "Full Moon Hike" (http://www.nps.gov/whsa/planyourvisit/full-moon-hikes.htm), which is much shorter (1 mi), and requires a reservation in advance. Please bring (apart from the obvious, like water): ⚫ Any necessary paperwork for immigration (see note below) ⚫ Flashlight (for emergency purposes only; please don't use it and walk by moonlight instead) ⚫ A potassium-containing snack (i.e., banana or protein bar) — going up & down dunes is tiring, and we don't want to take too long. ⚫ Sweater/jacket — it may be chilly on the dunes. People have gotten lost while driving to the Alkali Flat trailhead, even while caravanning. The trailhead is not particularly well marked, is difficult to give directions to (there aren't really any landmarks), and following each other never works out. Please check the map of Dunes Drive (http://www.nps.gov/whsa/planyourvisit/upload/Dunes_Drive_with_blackband_web_version_2_6_15.pdf) BEFORE you meet the group. If you're familiar with it you'll be better able to follow others. If you are a guest of the United States (i.e. non-citizen), there is a US Customs & Border Patrol checkpoint demarcating passage to/from what the ACLU calls a "Constitution-Free Zone" (http://www.aclu.org/national-security_technology-and-liberty/are-you-living-constitution-free-zone). If this bothers you, please donate to the ACLU (https://www.aclu.org/donate/join-renew-give) and harass your congress critters (http://www.usa.gov/Contact/Elected.shtml); otherwise please bring appropriate documentation of your entry into the US (passports, visas, etc—you know better what you need than we do). Group hikes are not the place to make a stand for your civil liberties. DISTANCE is ~5 mi loop. ELEVATION GAIN is some 200 ft elevation lost, but effectively it is much more because of the up & down of the dunes FEES: $15/person or $25/car. If you have a Federal Lands Pass, please bring them; they are accepted here. If you carpool, please remember to compensate your driver (suggested amount is at least $5). HIKE DURATION: From 7:00 pm to whenever we get back (probably between 9:30-9:45 pm). (park closes at 10 pm, so have to be done by then) PET FRIENDLY? Yes. Please bring a muzzle, just in case. Pets must be on a leash or physically restrained at all times (park rules). SKILL LEVEL is moderate, somewhat challenging; the sand is loose, the hike is medium-length (5 mi), and we have a time limit for the hike. If you're a fast hiker, consider bringing weights to slow your pace down to the rest of the group. TERRAIN is gypsum sand dunes. The recommendation is that you walk barefoot; otherwise, high-ankle boots/shoes with gaiters (to keep sand out of your shoes) also work great. Please bring a pair of sandals or shoes with you in case the sand gets rough. WEATHER TBD can be windy on dunes. AFTERWARDS we'll go home. MEET for carpool at (the times posted below are departure times, please arrive 5-10 early to arrange carpool): ⚫ Las Cruces: 5:45 pm, K-Mart parking lot on North Main/US 70 and Del Rey, near Shell. GPS:[masked]°N,[masked]°W (see on Google Maps (http://maps.google.com/?q=32.35083,-106.76538&z=18), ⚫ White Sands visitor center 6:30 pm, front parking lot facing US 70. If you have a federal lands pass, consider carpooling from the visitor's center into the monument so people can save on admission fees. GPS:[masked]°N,[masked]°W ) (see on Google Maps (http://maps.google.com/?q=32.77935,-106.17218&z=18), ⚫ White Sands Alkali Flat trailhead: 6:45 pm, at the trailhead register. GPS:[masked]°N,[masked]°W (see on Google Maps (http://maps.google.com/?q=32.820625,-106.273515&z=18), Please DON'T meet here unless you know where it is! If you are not planning on meeting the group at Kmart, please comment on where you will be meeting the group. We will try stick close to the times above. Thanks and see you on the dunes! ***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.***

Soledad Canyon

Milagro Coffee

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. We should finish around noon. If you've been complaining that we get up too early for hikes, or that we drive too far, or what have you— this is a hike for you! We'll meet at 7:30 am in town and within 15–20 min we'll be at the trail head. DISTANCE is ~3–4 mi round-trip ELEVATION GAIN is ~1000 ft gained. FEES: None. Of course, if you carpool, please compensate your driver for gas! DURATION: ~ 4 hr PET FRIENDLY? Yes. Bring a muzzle (you shouldn't need be told to bring a proper leash), and if you'd like to unleash, ask others before you do so. SKILL LEVEL is reasonably beginner friendly. TERRAIN well-maintained trail, gravel & dirt. WEATHER is SPRING! AFTERWARDS is TBA. MEET for carpool at:7:30am OpenStreetMap (http://www.openstreetmap.org/?node=630424392) or Google Maps (http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&source=s_q&hl=en&geocode=&q=32.287422,-106.745166&aq=&sll=32.304328,-106.770802&sspn=0.057166,0.086174&ie=UTF8&ll=32.28755,-106.745288&spn=0.014929,0.021544&t=h&z=16) [masked]°N,[masked]°W (http://www.meetup.com/las-cruces-hiking/events/geo:32.30458,-106.59335) (see on Google Maps (http://maps.google.com/?q=32.30458,-106.59335&z=18) , OpenStreetMap (http://www.openstreetmap.org/?mlat=32.30458&mlon=-106.59335&zoom=18) , USGS topo map (http://mapper.acme.com/?ll=32.30458,-106.59335&marker0=32.30458,-106.59335&z=18) )). MORE information: Map of area [OpenStreetMap] (http://www.openstreetmap.org/?lat=32.30324&lon=-106.58142&zoom=15&layers=M)

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