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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Tortugas Tuesday Fitness Hike

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Join us for the resurrection of 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.

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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 8:15 pm or by sunset, whichever happens earlier.

Pet Friendly - Yes. Please plan on keeping your dogs leashed as this is a well-used trail with many other dogs and people.

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 food and libations, but we'll discuss this towards the end of the hike.

Meet - At Las Cruces - 6:10 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. (The other one is the Monte Vista lot.)
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Time - We will hit the trail by 6:15. (or earlier if everyone who RSVPed has arrived)

DETAILS

Clothing - Weather Appropriate attire. Wear thick-soled shoes with some tread. Most folks 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.

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 trail, 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, 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 want to 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.

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.

THE THURSDAY WALK: Sagecrest Park

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TIME 7:30 AM. We leave on time.

DETAILS: The Sagecrest Trail, off Sagecrest Park (corner of Roadrunner Parkway and Frontier Drive) is a 3 or so mile out and back walk on a paved path that parallels, part of the way, the Las Cruces Dam. We meet at 7:15 am sharp at the picnic table toward the rear of the park as you enter through the park gate on Frontier. Parking is on Frontier.

REMEMBER: Water. Sunblock. Hat.

Morning stroll at Desert Trails Community Park

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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

Tortugas Mountain Wake-up Hike

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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.

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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.

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