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Turtles & ice cream fitness hike

With summer setting in, it gets difficult to go hiking on busy weekends or get up earlier and earlier to beat the heat. For those living in in town (Las Cruces), there's no reason we can't fit a quick urban hike after work.

Tortugas Mountain (aka "A Mountain", because it has a big "A" on it as seen from NMSU/Interstate 25) is an urban mountain with many, many hiking trails to explore. Every Tuesday evening, I'd like to go out there, pick a random trail when we get there, and get a few miles in during the week.

I have no intention of staying out past sunset, which limits hiking time to some 1.5 hours, and distance to some 3–4 mi, maximum.

Routes may vary: we'll may walk around the mountain first and take the easy (road) way up, or go quickly and take a steep route. I also had the idea to play a game with a coin and at each trail junction, flip it to see which way to go. Etc etc.

Afterwards, Baskin Robbins has dollar scoop night—child-size scoops are $1, and full-size scoops $1.50 for all sorbets and ice creams. Make sure to burn enough calories to earn yourself a cone if you decide to join. Location of Baskin Robbins: [masked]°N,[masked]°W (see on Google Maps, OpenStreetMap, USGS topo map).

Directions to the Tortugas Mountain Sunset Parking lot, from Interstate 25:

  1. Take Interstate 25 exit 1 (University Avenue)
  2. Go east, towards the mountains.
  3. You'll pass two traffic light intersections, University Ave and Las Alturas/Don Roser, and University Ave and Telshor. The road curve, turning into Drippings Sands, and then Dripping Springs Road. You'll pass the New Mexico Farm & Ranch Museum on your left. Keep going.
  4. After about 2 miles, you'll reach the traffic-lighted intersection of Dripping Springs Road and Sonama Ranch Boulevard. At the light, turn right onto the gravel path.
  5. Stay to the left and follow the gravel path to the Tortugas Mountain Sunset parking lot.

DISTANCE is variable depending on what we decide to do. Please plan between 2 and 6 mi.

ELEVATION GAIN is variable, but it is some 1000 ft to the top of Tortugas Mountain.

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

DURATION: variable; we finish when we finish. I aim for getting done by 8:30 pm or earlier.

PET FRIENDLY? Yes. Bring a muzzle (you shouldn't need be told to bring a proper leash).

SKILL LEVEL is variable. If you're a beginner, please come and let us know—we'll pick an easier route!

TERRAIN is loose, steep mountainside. I personally stay on trails but we may go off if people desire something more challenging.

WEATHER is clear, though sometimes it's windy on the top.

AFTERWARDS I am going to dollar scoop night at Baskin Robbins—feel free to join!

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  • A former member
    A former member

    6 hours in the sun at 90 degrees is enough for me today I think. Maybe next week.

    April 30, 2013

    • Kenny J.

      you wont be in the sun the whole time, at some point it gets dark...

      April 30, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    If I'm not too tired from work tomorrow, this sounds like a fun idea.

    April 29, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Andrea, I'm guessing you posted your cab comment because you were hoping someone might offer an alternative solution. We a a very friendly group so if you want to post what part of town you live/work in or propose a neutral public location you can get to, you might get a reply from the group. However, if you don't want to blab too much on the Internet, you can message me thru my Meet-up profile and we'll see if we can find an alternative to the cab method.

    April 29, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm planning to come tomorrow!
    I just moved to Las Cruces and don't have a car yet so I'll probably take a cab there.

    April 29, 2013

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