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Tortugas Mountain Thursday's


Lets do A-mountain this Thursday! I like to keep an active habit so come hike with me, ill be there either way! 

Routes may vary: we'll may walk around the mountain first and take the easy (road) way up, or go quickly and take a steep route. I also had the idea to play a game with a coin and at each trail junction, flip it to see which way to go. Etc etc.

Afterwards sometimes we go out to eat.

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. Below is a map indicating where exactly we'll be meeting.

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.

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. I personally stay on trails but we may go off if people desire something more challenging.

WEATHER doesn't usually matter—we hike regardless of snow, rain, heat, or cold. We are wary of extreme winds and lightning, however. We will post at least an hour before we meet if the event is canceled. Check the weather for the trail head.

AFTERWARDS we may head to a restaurant for libations, but we'll discuss this towards the end of the hike. By default we'll go to Baskin Robbins.

MEET at:

⚫ Las Cruces: 6:00 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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  • Samat

    For those wondering, from pavilion to top in 24 min for the first attempt, 19 min for the 2nd. Getting to the top in under 15 min is not unreasonable!

    1 · August 14, 2014

  • Kenny J.

    Ok everyone have fun, if you have questions Steve should know whats up

    1 · August 14, 2014

  • Bad A.

    Hope we can sustain this one every week, I can't make it Tuesdays once school starts

    2 · August 14, 2014

  • Yared

    Me too! I'll be there!

    1 · August 14, 2014

  • Kenny J.

    You guys should still go but my i should stay off my ankle...

    1 · August 14, 2014

    • Yared

      Hope you get well soon! :)

      1 · August 14, 2014

  • Bad A.

    I'm still game

    2 · August 14, 2014

  • Kenny J.

    very extremely

    August 12, 2014

  • Samat

    *cough* extremely flattering photo of me…

    August 11, 2014

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