. You will need a 4 wheel drive vehicle to get to the closer trailhead. If you have a 4x4 and are willing to drive please list in the comments. If there is not enough space in 4 wheel drive vehicles there is a trailhead that you do not need a 4x4 (longer walk). Everything listed below is from previous hikes in the area, since this will be an exploratory hike, events might not be exactly as describe
What: Hiking to the top of Tonuco Mountain
When: Sat, May 24
Meeting Place: KMart: Del Rey and Telshore
Meeting Time: 8:00
Length: 6 miles approx.
Type: off trail, it will be a loop hike
Hiking time: 4/5 hours
Bring: Plenty of water, snacks, sunblock, hat (if needed documentation for border patrol checkpoint on I-25)
Cost: None for hike, but bring money for food, and if you carpool please remember to compensate your driver.
Pets: As far as I know they are allowed. Please bring leash and check with other people before unleashing.
After: Lunch at Sparky's in Hatch-Burgers and BBQ ( http://sparkysburgers.com/ )
Other: This hike is described in Greg Magee's book Day Hikes and Nature Walks in the El Paso-Las Cruces Area. According to the book and multiple sources, we will see petroglyphs and get to explore a old fluorite mine.
This hike is off trail, bring good boots and trekking poles. The high will be in the 80s this Saturday, so also bring more than enough water and sunblock. Lots of interesting rocks, petroglpyhs, etc in the area.
Las Cruces: At 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))
Tunuco Mountain on SummitPost (http://www.summitpost.org/tonuco-mountain/336278)