With Daylight Savings Time ending, it's unfortunately too dark to continue hiking Picacho Peak/elsewhere. But, there is enough light to keep doing something. The Las Cruces Dam, running north to south from Del Rey Boulevard to East Lohman, is a frequently used walking path in the city that, unlike other walking paths, is sufficiently away from any motor routes.
This is MUCH, MUCH easier than the Turtles & ice cream hikes we had been doing this summer. To make sure you have a workout, I recommend carrying weights, be them dumbbells, rocks in your backpack, or foot/hand weights. I don't think running would be a good idea, but it'd be nice to aim for a brisk pace at 3.5–4 mi/hour.
Started at 6 pm and probably finishing around 8, we'll have a great view of the sunset on the Organ Mountains.
Please bring a flashlight!
DISTANCE is 5.3 mi round-trip.
ELEVATION GAIN is zero, unfortunately
DURATION: under 2 hours.
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 sandy/rocky path.
WEATHER is TBA.
AFTERWARDS we'll probably get dinner and/or drinks.
Las Cruces: 6:00 pm, south end of Las Cruces Dam near East Lohman Ave. See map (OpenStreetMap (http://www.openstreetmap.org/?mlat=32.317146&mlon=-106.741609&zoom=18&layers=M) or Google Maps (https://maps.google.com/maps?q=32.317146,-106.741609&hl=en&ll=32.317004,-106.740659&spn=0.003863,0.003026&sll=34.166233,-106.026069&sspn=15.464957,12.392578&t=m&z=18)).