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La Llorna trail stroll along the Rio Grande

The La Llorna trail is a flat, gravel-bed trail along the Rio Grande. The portion we'll be hiking starts at Calle de Norte in Mesilla, and goes up to the end of the the Triviz–La Llorna connector trail (the one that follows Alameda Arroyo), which we have hiked a few times in the past few months.

This trail is completely flat (i.e. easy). Consider bringing weights, etc to make sure you have a workout, and please bring a flashlight (I don't plan on using them but it can't hurt to be prepared).

Directions to the trail head (assuming you're coming from Interstate 10):

  1. Take Interstate 10 exit (Avenida de Mesilla), and turn south, heading towards Mesilla
  2. When you enter Mesilla, you'll hit it's first street light, an intersection with Calle de Norte.
  3. Take a right (heading west) on Calle de Norte, and drive for about 2 miles.
  4. About 2 miles is the Rio Grande; BEFORE crossing the Rio Grande, you need to turn right onto a Rio Grande levee. There is a stop sign here, and the first few feet of the levee has extremely rough, rocky gravel (drive slow!).
  5. As you drive about 100 ft along the levee, the road will go down the levee to the left (towards the Rio Grande).
  6. At the bottom of the levee, do a u-turn and drive back towards Calle de Norte (opposite the direction you were driving on the levee) for 50 or so feet.
  7. To your right, you'll see another road heading to the trailhead's parking lot.

Please see the map, particularly the satellite imagery on Google Maps (zoom in! at low zoom levels, the satellite image is out-of-date!), below to orient yourselves! Unfortunately there are not really signs, and it's difficult to see things in the dark. We'll try to have someone idling at the levee to direct people towards the trailhead.

DISTANCE is ~9 mi, out and back.

ELEVATION GAIN is essentially zero, unfortunately

FEES: None. Of course, if you carpool, please compensate your driver for gas!

DURATION: 2–3 hours. Should finish by 9:30/10 pm.

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 unbelievably beginner friendly. Please find a way to make it more difficult (weights, etc).

TERRAIN paved asphalt trail as well as a sections of gravel-bed trail.

WEATHER average temperature between 6-10pm is TBD

VISIBILITY is TBD

AFTERWARDS we'll try to go Baskin Robbin's dollar scoop night ($1.50 adult scoops, $1 kids-size scoops, any of their 31 flavors!). The Baskin Robbins is at Solano Square Shopping Center (Solano and Missouri). See map ([masked]°N,[masked]°W (see on Google Maps, OpenStreetMap, USGS topo map)). Alternatively, people always talk about dinner.

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  • Yubao

    OK, guys, don't bash me anymore. I am staying quiet here.
    I do have a problem for people signed, did not show up, and did not even bother to change RSVP status, let the hikers wait in vain. For everybody out there, if you are not going to make a hike you signed up, please take a few seconds of your valuable time to change your RSVP to "not going", in that case, people will not wait for you. Or, just call one of the hikers. Basic courtesy.

    January 30, 2013

    • Timmy

      Whatever Yubao....you're just a wussy boy that got scared of a lil wind...lol...and I'll bash you all I want after some of the hard times you've given me.

      January 30, 2013

  • Samat

    6 brave people + 1 dog came out (except Youbao, who chickened out!). Winds (mostly) died down after sunset, and on the way back was actually quite calm and pleasant. Moon did not come out till 8:45 or so.

    January 30, 2013

  • Timmy

    It was good...wind wasn't too bad and Yubao backed out like the chicken he is...oh yeah Yubao it took me about 2 hours and 5 minutes to do the whole thing you lil cry baby...it's too cold and windy so I'm not gonna go....lol

    January 29, 2013

  • Samat

    The weather is a little awful today. The wind advisory is till 7 pm this evening, after which it should be clear. If the weather does not get better, I'll make a judgment call by 5 pm to decide whether we're canceling (will be notified by e-mail). http://www.wunderground.com/cgi-bin/findweather/getForecast?query=Mesilla%2C+NM

    1 · January 29, 2013

    • Samat

      I love ice cream more than I hate the wind or cold—so, not canceling, though we will probably end up starting later than 6. The air temp at 6 pm will probably be around 35°F. Please dress appropriately! We'll have a waning moon so it will still be bright outside.

      January 29, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I will try to make it... Just found out we/ I will be reprogram every radio at Western Refinery - again! This is rev, 11,0!! Someone commented about me not having a life.... That is about as true as it gets - At least I got a job - and am working 10 to 12 hours a day,,, Yay ;)

    January 24, 2013

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