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Tortugas Mountain holiday potluck and full moon hike

This Tuesday, we'll have a potluck at 5:45 pm. Around 6:30 pm we'll start a hike up the mountain. Please bring your favorite Christmas, Hanukkah, or <INSERT HOLIDAY HERE> treats!

You can bring libations (beer, wine, etc) but please note that we're doing this on a December evening and people will like something warm. Please add a comment w/ what you are bringing.

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.

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:

• Take Interstate 25 exit 1 (University Avenue)

• Go east, towards the mountains.

• 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.

• 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.

• 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 We may head to a restaurant for libations, but we'll discuss this towards the end of the hike.

MEET at:

• Las Cruces: 6:00 pm at Tortugas Mountain's Sunset Parking lot (see directions above). GPS: [masked]°N,[masked]°W (see on Google Maps, OpenStreetMap, USGS topo map)

MORE information:

• Map of area

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  • Sheryl H.

    Good Company, Food and Hike.

    December 19, 2013

  • jody M.

    Potluck and drinks were fun-weather was great--views were beautiful!

    December 19, 2013

  • Joe

    I'm wondering how long mulled wine would stay hot in a camel pack. This could be a new winter hiking staple. Great food and company. Thanks to all.

    December 17, 2013

    • Raena

      I have a thermos, bet it would stay hot in that!

      December 18, 2013

  • Samat

    Tortillas & hummus. My cooking plans fell through :-\

    December 17, 2013

    • Sheryl H.

      We forgive you. Luv hummus. ..

      December 17, 2013

  • Ilana L.

    I will bring fruit.

    December 17, 2013

  • steven

    I will bring pumpkin pie

    December 17, 2013

  • Mike H.

    Being single and a shift-worker, I'm afraid I will be "the guy who obviously just stopped at the grocery store right before the potluck."

    1 · December 17, 2013

  • Kenny J.

    I can bring paper plates and cutlery. I will also bring some regular mugs, maybe 3? for the mulled wine. I do not want anyone drinking it out of a plastic cup lol

    December 17, 2013

  • Ryan C.

    I can pick up two rotisserie chickens... Unless there's something you prefer I bring. I may bring guacamole if my avocados are ready in time.

    December 17, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi. This will be my first time joining the group. I'll bring brownies for the potluck.

    December 17, 2013

  • Yubao

    I am bringing a veggie trey.

    December 17, 2013

  • Raena

    Don't know exactly what I am bringing yet, but will be hot and vegetarian. (probably warm once I get there). And some sort of beverage. Is someone bringing the paper goods?

    December 16, 2013

  • jody M.

    Will bring either burritos or tamales, I think. Looking forward to the hot buttered rum AND the mulled wine!

    December 15, 2013

  • Kenny J.

    I want to make some mulled wine. Anyone interested in having some? I want to know how much to make.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mulled_wine

    2 · December 11, 2013

  • Sheryl H.

    Luv pot lucks. Hot spinach dip with a dipper, and pecan pie can be on the menu.
    We are obviously hiking in the dark, what is up with that?

    December 11, 2013

    • Raena

      It's called a full moon hike. We will he hiking with the light of the full moon! (so not so much in the dark, unless there are clouds.)

      1 · December 16, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'll bring roasted rosemary red potatoes.

    December 16, 2013

  • Joe

    I was thinking hot buttered rum. Then I started thinking about a bunch of drunk hikers staggering around lost in the dark on steep rough terain. So then I started thinking I better go buy more rum.

    December 14, 2013

    • Samat

      Haha, I'm planning to take Observatory Drive and the rockslide up—which are roads, not trails. Don't worry about people falling off (if they fall off they probably deserve it).

      December 15, 2013

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