The City of Las Cruces has slowly but surely been building walking/biking trails around the city. Give it a few years (or decades), we may actually approach the number of walking paths they have in Albuquerque or even Denver! In order to celebrate, we're going to walk around the city on some of it's newest trails.
Note: We originally thought about making this a public event, announced in the newspaper, etc but it seems we should do this a few times as a group before handling outsiders.
See page 5 of this PDF (http://www.slideshare.net/tamasrepus/20120201-061327-multiusetrailbidaward/5) to see the route we plan to take. Going counterclockwise, we'll start at Calle de Norte's La Llorna trailhead, walk east along Calle de Norte to Mesilla, south to University, east up University to Triviz, north along Triviz Path, west along the Alameda Arroyo Trail (or whatever we're calling it these days) down to the Rio Grande, and south back to Calle de Norte.
To get to the Calle de Norte trailhead:
Take Interstate 10 exit (Avenida de Mesilla), and turn south, heading towards Mesilla When you enter Mesilla, you'll hit it's first street light, an intersection with Calle de Norte. Take a right (heading west) on Calle de Norte, and drive for about 2 miles. 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!). As you drive about 100 ft along the levee, the road will go down the levee to the left (towards the Rio Grande). 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. 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 at low zoom levels, the satellite image is out-of-date!), below to orient yourselves!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 sign. We'll try to have someone at the levee to direct people towards the trailhead.
DISTANCE is ~20 mi loop.
ELEVATION GAIN is is a few hundred feet.
FEES: None. Of course, if you carpool, please compensate your driver for gas!
DURATION: All day, but back before dark. Please do not expect less!
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 beginner friendly if you consider that we're just walking on city walking paths/sidewalks… but mind that it is 20 mi.
TERRAIN is asphalt walking paths, concrete walking paths, dirt on the side of the road, etc.
WEATHER is TBA.
AFTERWARDS we'll see.
MEET for carpool at:
9:00 am, La Llorna trailhead at Calle de Norte. See directions above; GPS:[masked]°N,[masked]°W (http://www.meetup.com/las-cruces-hiking/events/101016952/geo:32.26535,-106.82597) (see on Google Maps (http://maps.google.com/?q=32.26535,-106.82597&z=18), OpenStreetMap (http://www.openstreetmap.org/?mlat=32.26535&mlon=-106.82597&zoom=18), USGS topo map (http://mapper.acme.com/?ll=32.26535,-106.82597&marker0=32.26535,-106.82597&z=18))