• Mount Taylor 50 km Ultramarathon

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    50 km Ultramarathon in Grants, New Mexico. Hurry less than 45 spots remaining. http://www.mttaylor50k.com/. Read for details. This is the first step to becoming a Mount Taylor double runner. Second phase is the Quadrathlon nex February. Very limited internet right now. I am in Urique for the 50 mile canyon run tomorrow in Caballo Blanco. Read web page for details.

  • Tonuco Mountain

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    What: Hiking Tonuco Mountain
    When: Saturday
    Meeting Place: k-mart
    Meeting Time: 7:30 AM

    Difficulty: moderate
    Length: 4 miles
    Type: off trail, it will be a loop hike
    Hiking time: 4-5 hours including driving time
    Bring: Plenty of water, snacks, sunblock, hat, Snacks
    Contact person: steven kreitner.hotmail.com

    Other: We will see a stunning canyon with colorful rocks, an old mining area, and a superb view from the top of the mountain.
    This hike is described in Greg Magee's book Day Hikes and Nature Walks in the El Paso-Las Cruces Area.

    This hike is off trail, bring good boots and trekking poles. The weather will be hot this Saturday (80°F), so also bring more than enough water and sunblock. Lots of interesting rocks, petroglpyhs, etc in the area

    More information:

    Tunuco Mountain on SummitPost (http://www.summitpost.org/tonuco-mountain/336278)

  • SUNDAY WALK: Pine Tree Trail

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    TIME 8:00 AM!

    DETAILS: This 4.6 mile loop trail hike is rated moderately difficult. Biggest challenge is the 1135 foot elevation gain.

    REMEMBER: Water. Snack. Sunblock. Hat. Walking Stick. CAMERA or smartphone for photos.

    PARKING. There is a $3 fee for parking.

    DIRECTIONS. From U.S. Hwy 70, take Aguirre Springs Road south. The intersection is 1.1 miles east of the San Augustin Pass, through which Hwy 70 runs. Stay on this road until you reach the fee area and campgrounds (approx. 6 miles). There is a small parking area available for hikers. Just continue past the self-pay station; the road will curve to the left and the parking area is to the left side of the road. You will see the Pine Tree Trailhead on the right side.

  • 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.

    QUICK REFERENCE

    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 - 5:40 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.)
    GPS -[masked]°N,[masked]°W (see on Google Maps http://maps.google.com/?q=32.29748,-106.70694&z=18)

    Time - We will hit the trail by 5:45. (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.

  • 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.

    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.

  • 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

  • Chiricahua National Monument Hiking for holiday weekend

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    If you haven't been to Chiricahua National Monument, it is a unique place where four major ecosystems come together: Chihuahua Desert, Sonora Desert, Rocky Mountains, and the Sierra Madre Mountains. The rock formations are quite fascinating. Think of it as City of Rocks X 1,000, but no hotsprings resort nearby. It's also an area where some of the most famous Native American chiefs such as Cochise held out.
    I am just planning to do some car camping (not camping) and hiking.
    If the campground is full, there are sites in the nearby national forest.
    You will need to bring food as there aren't any grocery stores nearby.
    It is possible to do the entire trail network with two days of hard hiking. But, few can do that. There are elevation changes of a couple thousand feet within the monument. So, have appropriate clothing and be ready for rains if they happen. If I remember correctly, The Big Loop is 13 miles or so. The drive to and from there is roughly like making the drive to Albuquerque. Southeast Arizona is quite beautiful.
    Fees will be those required for vehicle entry and camping per the National Park Service. For more information, see Basic Information - Chiricahua National Monument (U.S. National Park Service) (nps.gov).
    I will plan to meet in the Sprouts parking lot off Lohman in Las Cruces at the SW side of the building. Message me if you have any questions or concerns. I think we can quality test a campfire and roast some Hatch chilis.

  • 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.

    QUICK REFERENCE

    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 - 5:40 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.)
    GPS -[masked]°N,[masked]°W (see on Google Maps http://maps.google.com/?q=32.29748,-106.70694&z=18)

    Time - We will hit the trail by 5:45. (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.

  • 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.

    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.