The Las Cruces Dam, running north to south from Del Rey Boulevard to East Lohman, is frequently used as a walking path in the city that, unlike other walking paths, is sufficiently away from any motor routes.
The dam walk is absolutely leveled, (no elevation gain/loss,) which should be pretty obvious. Otherwise, the engineers who built it had a problem. The city light surrounding the dam is quite a view in itself, also, it makes it possible to do this hike without carrying your own light. However, hikers are encouraged to bring a light just in case.
This is an easy 5 mile hike suit for all levels of hikers. Lets come out and have some fun!
DISTANCE is 5.3 mi round-trip.
ELEVATION GAIN is absolutely zero.
DURATION: about 2 hours.
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 unbelievably beginner friendly.
TERRAIN sandy/rocky path.
WEATHER is TBA.
AFTERWARDS we may go for dinner together (Farley's anyone?).
Las Cruces: 6:00 pm, south end of Las Cruces Dam near East Lohman Ave. See map (OpenStreetMap (http://www.openstreetmap.org/?mlat=32.317146&mlon=-106.741609&zoom=18&layers=M) or Google Maps (https://maps.google.com/maps?q=32.317146,-106.741609&hl=en&ll=32.317004,-106.740659&spn=0.003863,0.003026&sll=34.166233,-106.026069&sspn=15.464957,12.392578&t=m&z=18)).