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First Hike of 2015: A Mountain Adventure!

Let's start the new year on the right foot on A Mountain!

Starting time set at 10:00am is leaving you no room for finding yourself excuses.

It will be an easy hike. Distance will be 3-4 mi max. We may go around the mountain, and up and down.

Come and walk your holiday fat off, everybody!

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.

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), and if you'd like to unleash, ask others before you do so.

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 is clear, though sometimes it's windy on the top.

AFTERWARDS is TBA; we usually decide during the hike.

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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  • A former member
    A former member

    What a perfect 1st day of the new year.. Nice little scramble up the East side of the hill. A great hike on a very nice S.NM day. Great to meet everyone. Look forward to the next available hike.

    January 2, 2015

  • Pauline M.

    What a great way to kick off the New Years. Nice seeing new folks

    January 2, 2015

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great seeing you all! Great start to the new year.

    1 · January 2, 2015

  • Omali J.

    It was my very firzt hike here, and enjoyed it alotttt...thank you all guys..for the golden experience..:-D :-D

    1 · January 1, 2015

  • Omali J.

    It was an AWESOME experience...!! :-D thank you alll.......:-D :-D

    1 · January 1, 2015

  • A former member
    A former member

    Did you find Cookie.

    1 · January 1, 2015

  • Chris

    Sorry everyone I cannot make it today - don't even drink and woke up feeling like ... bad. Have fun.

    January 1, 2015

  • Omali J.

    Hi Guys..eagerly looking forward to join you. But since I'm a new student here, I got no car. Anyone who will be able to pick me up on the way..? I live within 5 mins distance from nmsu. ( south espina street)

    1 · December 28, 2014

    • steven

      will need your address and phone number so I can pick you up.

      December 28, 2014

    • Omali J.

      Hi steven, thank you so much. Greetings from Sri lanka. My phone number is 5756500542. Address is apt no: 8, 1800, south espina street, LC.
      Message me..glad to join ur jan 1st hike.
      Thank you.

      December 29, 2014

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