Past Meetup

Valentine's Night Full Moon Hike and Potluck on Tortugas Mountain

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(Shamelessly ripping off Yubao's listing from last month.)

Let's celebrate our love of the moon, food, and hiking by having a potluck at 5:45 pm. Around 6:30 pm we'll start a hike up the mountain. According to the all-knowing 'net,' moonrise will be at 5:56, so we should have lots of light.

You can bring libations (beer, wine, etc) but please note that we're doing this on a February evening and people will like something warm. (In December, Joe's buttered rum and Kenny's mulled wine were soooooo good!) 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.

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.

BRING: Flashlight (but only for emergency use, we try to hike only using the moonlight), water, etc.

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.

WEATHER TBA , it can be 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: 5:45 pm at Tortugas Mountain's Sunset Parking lot (see directions above). GPS:[masked]°N,[masked]°W (,-106.70694) (see on Google Maps (,-106.70694&z=18), OpenStreetMap (, USGS topo map (,-106.70694&marker0=32.29748,-106.70694&z=18))

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