A celebration of local beer 'Dia de la Cerveza' is scheduled on November 2nd.
from NM Breweries facebook page: "Join us for the final New Mexico Brewers Guild festival of the 2013 season at the first annual Dia de la Cerveza brewfest in Downtown Las Cruces. We have lined up a dozen breweries from around the state to descend on Las Cruces with a plethora of delicious, season craft beers to celebrate the beers of past, present and future." (https://www.facebook.com/events/564224883631489/) (see this link to purchase tickets) Tickets are $15/person. ( UPDATE: 10/29. I just bought my ticket at High Desert and they have a limited number of tickets for $10 each. They will be selling them until Friday (or until they run out, I guess).)
Hike details: Pine Tree Loop
A nice hike for both beginners and intermediate hikers, Pine Tree Loop starts in the high upper desert and takes you into the pine trees and junipers; it's surprising how many people from El Paso and Las Cruces don't know the pine trees are so close!
We'll try to hike as much of the trail as the group can do.
Please bring plenty of water, hat, sunscreen, and appropriate footwear.
DISTANCE is ~5 mi, roundtrip.
ELEVATION GAIN is ~1000 ft gained.
FEES: $5/vehicle, paid at the trailhead If you have a Federal Lands Pass, please bring them; they are accepted here.
DURATION: Finish by early to mid afternoon. (hopefully by 12pm in order to taste as many beers as possible)
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 reasonably beginner friendly; if you're a beginner you can definitely do this and will be glad you did.
TERRAIN well-maintained trail.
WEATHER high in LC 69, will be cooler in the foothills.
AFTERWARDS Dia de la Cerveza: Local NM Beer Festival (downtown). There is supposed to be food trucks set up at festival.
MEET for carpool at:
• Las Cruces: 8:00 am, K-Mart parking lot on North Main/US 70 and Del Rey, near Shell. See map (OpenStreetMap (http://www.openstreetmap.org/?mlat=32.35083&mlon=-106.76538&zoom=17&layers=M) or Google Maps (http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&source=s_q&hl=en&geocode=&q=32.35083,-106.76538&aq=&sll=32.2563,-106.7&sspn=0.015497,0.018582&ie=UTF8&ll=32.351135,-106.768591&spn=0.00774,0.01502&t=h&z=17)).
• Pine Tree Loop trailhead: 8:30 am.
• GPS track for Pine Tree Loop (http://www.gpsies.com/map.do?fileId=zvybslbgpjxomavl)