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

(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 (see on Google Maps, OpenStreetMap, USGS topo map)

MORE information:

• Map of area

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  • Raena

    I am missing a small purple plastic cup. Please let me know if it happens to appear in one's stuff. Thanks. Was a good night.

    February 15, 2014

    • Gus

      I'm 90% sure its in samat's box...sorry :(, my fault, gotva little carried away with cleaning in the dark.

      February 15, 2014

  • frank m w.

    I'm sorry I have to cancel. I'm meeting my kids for dinner. They are my Valentines :) No more Sunday hikes?

    February 14, 2014

    • Raena

      I'll do it. Let's talk about it tonight.

      February 14, 2014

    • Kenny J.

      awesome, i need an excuse to not work on the camper. Me and my big mouth

      February 14, 2014

  • Raena

    Going to bring cake and roasted asparagus. Chocolate cake. And some wine or beer.

    February 14, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry. Can't make it after all. Have a wonderful time. See you all soon.

    February 14, 2014

  • Samat

    I'm bringing a bottle of wine. Please bring your own cup, I don't have any!

    February 14, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    We will get there for the hike up. Get off of work a little late then need to drive out there.

    February 14, 2014

  • Kefaya

    I am bringing rice with green been and carrots

    February 13, 2014

  • Raena

    I'll bring something hot and maybe with meat (maybe not). Maybe a pasta dish or something with eggs? Just got back from trip and need to check the fridge. See y'all tomorrow. Any questions, please call or text[masked]

    February 13, 2014

  • frank m w.

    need a suggestion on what to bring

    February 13, 2014

    • Yubao

      Whatever your heart desires. Make no mistake, you get February 14 only once a year!

      February 13, 2014

    • Samat

      If you can bring something warm and vegetarian, you will definitely have me as your friend!

      February 13, 2014

  • steven

    yes

    February 13, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Would a 14 year old be welcome?

    February 13, 2014

  • Yubao

    I am bringing some broiled cured tofu with just a tiny touch of Trinidad Red Scorpion.

    1 · February 13, 2014

  • Samat

    Bringing green chile mac & cheese

    February 12, 2014

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