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Tonuco Mountain

  • Mar 19, 2011 · 7:00 AM

Co-hike with the El Paso Ridgewalkers. From Carol:

What:   Hiking to the top of Tonuco Mountain
When:  Saturday March 19
Meeting Place:  Shell station at I10 and Transmountain road
Meeting Time:  7AM, we will leave promptly at 7:10AM
Alternate meeting place:  Radium Springs exit #19 on I25 north of Las Cruces (7:45 AM+/-)
Difficulty:  moderate
Length:  6 miles
Type:  off trail, it will be a loop hike
Hiking time:  5-6 hours
Bring:  Plenty of water, snacks, sunblock, hat, Sack Lunch to eat on top
Contact person:  Carol Brown 915-XXX-XXXX

Other:  We will see a stunning canyon with colorful rocks, an old mining area, and a superb view from the top of  the mountain.
This hike is described in Greg Magee's book Day Hikes and Nature Walks in the El Paso-Las Cruces Area.

This hike is off trail, bring good boots and trekking poles. The weather will be hot this Saturday (80 °F), so also bring more than enough water and sunblock. Lots of interesting rocks, petroglpyhs, etc in the area.


  • Las Cruces: At 7:15 am, K-Mart parking lot on North Main/US 70 and Del Rey, near Shell. See map (OpenStreetMap or Google Maps).
  • El Paso: Meet the Ridgewalkers at 7:00 am, I-10 and Transmountain Road Shell. Meet and park at the gravel parking lot to the west of the gas station. See map (OpenStreetMap or Google Maps). Don't be late, Ridgewalkers leave 7 sharp!
  • Radium Springs: At 7:45 am, Exit 19 on I-25.

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  • Samat

    March 21, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    The Joe Master has uploaded pictures to his website. You can view them here:

    March 21, 2011

  • Michael C.

    Anybody have a GPS track of this hike? I normally log mine but I didn't Saturday and I'd like to go back some time.

    March 21, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great hike and nice people...and I enjoyed Sparky's afterwards!

    March 20, 2011

  • renee s.

    tonuco, another great hike. met some new people and
    visited with some people i hadn't seen for a while. it was
    also a nice warm up for the super "perigee moon" hike i
    did in the evening. hope you all had a chance to experience
    the full moon in the evening.

    March 20, 2011

  • Sal

    Great hike, great weather, and great friends, can it get any better? I don’t think so.

    March 20, 2011

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