I am changing the hike for this Meetup to Achenbach canyon, instead of Mars Canyon, as with the amount of rain we have had, it will be difficult to climb parts of the trail in Mars Canyon. Achenbach canyon, also has a couple of normally dry waterfall, so hopefully we will get to see some running water (and not on the trail). This will be an out and back hike on a moderate trail.
The road to Achenbach trailhead can be very rocky, I recommend a higher clearance vehicle (can be made with lower just take it slow). Afterwards,I am heading to the Las Cruces Tour de Beer at the NM Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum. You can choose to only hike, to hike and attend beer festival, or just attend beerfest. If you are no planning on attending both the hike and beerfest, please comment on which event you will attend.
When: Sun, Aug 17
Where: Milagro coffee for a carpool at 8:00, or at the trail head for Achenbach canyon at 8:30. (if you carpool please compensate your driver.) Please comment on where you will be meeting the group.
Duration: ~2-3 hours. The pace will not be too fast, and the group will take short breaks as necessary.
Elevation gain: ~[masked]ft
Terrain: Rocky trail with some scree, but most of hike will be on maintained trails.
Skill level: Beginner-Intermediate.
Pets: Pets are allowed in this area. Please check with others before unleashing you dog, as some hiker can be uncomfortable with dogs off leash.
Please Bring: Water, snacks, sunscreen, hat, gloves, hiking poles (for areas with scree), etc.
Afterwards: I am heading to the Las Cruces Tour de Beer. Advance tickets can be purchased (and I have been told they have sold out in years past), see website for more information: http://www.lascrucestourdebeer.com/.