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Tortugas Moonlight Potluck & Hike

Our favorite weekday hike! With a twist! Come meet us at Tortugas Mountain (aka "A Mountain",) for a moonlight hike before the White Sands moon light hike starts up!

We are planning to have a small pot-luck at 6 and begin hiking at 715. Comment below what you plan to bring to help everyone out. 

QUICK REFERENCE 

Distance - Variable, depends on what we decide to do. Please plan between 2 and 6 mi.

Elevation Gain - Variable, but it is some 800 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. We aim for finishing by 8 - 30 pm or by sunset, whichever happens earlier.

Pet Friendly - Yes. You must have a way to restrain your dog (you shouldn't need be told to bring a proper leash). Ask the other hikers before unleashing your dog.

Skill Level - Variable, If you're a beginner, please come and let us know, we might pick an easier route!

Terrain -  loose, steep mountainside. I personally stay on trails but we may go off-trail if people desire something more challenging.

Weather - Typically doesn't matter, we usually hike rain or shine, unless there is a lightning storm or a particularly bad wind storm. We won't decide to cancel until an hour before the event.

Afterwards - We may head to a restaurant for libations, but we'll discuss this towards the end of the hike.

Meet - At Las Cruces -  5 - 45 pm at Tortugas Mountain's Sunset Parking lot (see directions below). GPS -  [masked]°N,[masked]°W (see on Google MapsOpenStreetMapUSGS topo map)

More information - Map of area

DETAILS 

We will be taking The Road -  We follow a trail that goes counterclockwise around the base of the mountain and it meets a gated road on the southwest side just past the rock-slide. It follows the mountain up like a corkscrew. Sometimes we take this on our moonlit hikes or after potlucks.

Directions  

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.

What You Should Bring

 Clothing -  Weather Appropriate attire. Check the day of the event, plan accordingly. You will also be exercising and sweating so keep that in mind. Wear thick soled shoes with some tread. 

Water -  Always a good idea in the desert. 

Flashlight -  We do plan on hiking in the dark. Though the moon will be out, bringing a light is a must. Headlamps are the best, but any flashlight will work in a pinch. 

Miscellaneous  

Kid Friendliness -  As the parent or guardian you know best what your child is capable of. Use common sense, but if you need further details ask in the comments. In the end you and you alone are responsible for your child. 

Medical Concerns -  This is at times strenuous exercise, performed outdoors. If you are unsure for any reason please consult your physician before attempting any of our hikes. 

Late Arrival -  It is very important that if you are going to be late or decide to cancel at the last minute to let us know. We don't want to hold up the group because of stragglers. And please RSVP, it really helps if we have an accurate accountability of the number of hikers. 

See you soon! 


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  • A former member
    A former member

    my rattler pic was not great either. uploaded it and a few others of the sunset

    April 3, 2015

    • Amanda

      Thanks!

      April 3, 2015

    • A former member
      A former member

      welcome!

      April 3, 2015

  • A former member
    A former member

    It was cool.

    April 3, 2015

  • Amanda

    Scott can you post your picture of the rattler, please? Mine came out very blurry

    April 2, 2015

  • Sandra M.

    Headed out from El Paso. See you there

    April 2, 2015

  • Amanda

    Got out of class early, so I'll bring potato and macaroni salad

    1 · April 2, 2015

    • Amanda

      Now everyone get here and feed me!

      1 · April 2, 2015

  • Robert G.

    Beer and cookies for me

    1 · April 2, 2015

  • A former member
    A former member

    I may try and whip up some Zatarians rice-vegetarian with garbanzos and corn.

    1 · April 2, 2015

  • A former member
    A former member

    vegan pizza. don't laugh

    1 · April 2, 2015

  • Kenny J.

    chicken strips and potato wedges.

    1 · April 2, 2015

  • Amanda

    I'm not sure if I will make it in time for the potluck, but will definitely be there for the hike!

    1 · April 2, 2015

  • A former member
    A former member

    I Went for the ol' potluck standby of a veggie tray

    1 · April 1, 2015

  • Casey T.

    I am going to bring pigs in a blanket.

    1 · April 1, 2015

  • Raena

    I will bring some sort of food and whatever paper products I have at home. I have class until 6pm so will probably get there closer to 6:30.

    1 · April 1, 2015

  • Kenny J.

    Potluck and hike start times are flexible for this one. We will be arriving around 6 and hiking around 715

    March 31, 2015

  • A former member
    A former member

    What time does the actual hike begin? I'll probably just do the hike.

    March 31, 2015

  • Kenny J.

    So we are planning on doing a potluck at the six time, so plan accordingly :)

    March 30, 2015

  • A former member
    A former member

    Looking forward to the full moon hike on/around Tortuga's mountain. I used to do a lot of moonlight hikes when I lived in Connecticut, especially during winter when the ponds were frozen there was snow on the ground-usually.

    March 26, 2015

  • Dawn

    When are the white sands full moon hikes going to start?

    March 25, 2015

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