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Trails and Ales: Pine Tree Loop & Blazin' Brewfest

A celebration of local beer 'Blazin' Brewfest' is scheduled on May 2nd, from 4-9 pm, in Downtown Las Cruces. 

from NM Breweries page: "Warm up to summer on May 2nd with our 3rd annual Blazin' Brewfest on Main Street in Downtown Las Cruces. Your favorite locals High Desert, De La Vega's, Spotted Dog and Bosque Brewing will welcome Ponderosa Brewing, Red Door Brewing, Little Toad Creek Brewery & Distillery, Taos Mesa, Tractor, Marble, Santa Fe, Turtle Mountain, La Cumbre, Second Street, Monks Ale and New Mexico Hard Cider. 

Our favorite food trucks Luchador, Happy Dog, 138 Sandwiches and Cruising Quesadillsa will folks fed with live music by Man No Sober of Santa Fe and local band the Gold Hearted Crows.

Early Bird tickets are on sale until April 1st for a flat $15 - no service fees - or pick one up at High Desert, Bosque, Pecan Grill or Spotted Dog Breweries in Cruces.Tickets at the gate will cost $20." ( in the past they have sold early bird tickets until they sell out.)

Hike details: Pine Tree Loop 

A nice hike for both beginners and intermediate hikers, Pine Tree Loop starts in the high upper desert and takes you into the pine trees and junipers. Since we are going to be starting our hike later in the day, hopefully the pine trees will provide some shade for our hike. 

Please bring plenty of water, hat, snacks, sunscreen, and appropriate footwear. Hiking poles are suggested. 

DISTANCE is ~4.5 mi, roundtrip.

ELEVATION GAIN is ~1000 ft gained.

FEES: $5/vehicle, paid at the trailhead If you have a Federal Lands Pass, please bring them; they are accepted here.

DURATION: Finish by mid-afternoon (hopefully by 3 pm in order to taste as many beers as possible)

PET FRIENDLY? Yes. This area is highly used, and park rules state that dogs must be on leash on trail. 

SKILL LEVEL Moderate. 

TERRAIN well-maintained trail.

WEATHER High of 84, with some wind.

AFTERWARDS Blazin' Brewfest for beer tastings and food trucks.

MEET for carpool at:

•  Las Cruces: 11:00 am, K-Mart parking lot on North Main/US 70 and Del Rey, near Shell. See map (OpenStreetMap or Google Maps).

• Pine Tree Loop trailhead: 11:30 am.

MORE information:

• GPS track for Pine Tree Loop

 

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  • Raena

    Another successful Trails and Ales! The lines were long and the beer was warm(ish), but still a fun time with good company. And a beautiful day for a hike.

    May 4, 2015

    • cindy

      Thanks raena for organizing this I had a great time Wish i could have stayed for the fiesta after!!!

      May 4, 2015

  • cindy

    went hiking no brews but was very awesome thanks so much !!!

    May 2, 2015

  • Kenny J.

    I think Bekki and I will meet you at the brew fest, had a laaaate night...

    May 2, 2015

  • Patti

    Will meet up at brew fest

    May 2, 2015

  • Samat

    Overslept. Will catch up at the brew fest

    May 2, 2015

  • Amanda

    I might not make it, I'm exhausted after this week. I will try and update accordingly in the morning but if I don't make please don't feel any need to wait

    May 1, 2015

    • Renee

      It starts at 11am! You can make it!

      May 1, 2015

  • Renee

    Does any one have an extra ticket I can buy off them? I kept forgetting to buy the discount ones around town and now they're sold out. I'll just buy a ticket at regular price at the gate if not, but it never hurts to ask :)

    May 1, 2015

  • Raena

    Any last minute questions or comments please call or text(preferred):[masked] 1117. See everyone tomorrow.

    1 · May 1, 2015

  • A former member
    A former member

    Can I just do the Brew fest part? Time? My wonky knee is being wonky, no hikes for awhile.

    April 28, 2015

    • A former member
      A former member

      I will call before I go. I am the last person on earth that texts! :-) I know a few hikers, so ....we shall see. I will be the one drinking beer.

      1 · April 29, 2015

    • Raena

      Sounds good. Calls work fine too.

      April 29, 2015

  • Amanda

    I will only be going to the hike and was hoping to carpool, but I need to know if everyone plans to go straight to the brewfest after the hike or will return to K-Mart to drop people off?

    April 29, 2015

    • Raena

      We will start and stop at Kmart. So yes you can carpool with someone. After we get back to KMart then those people who are heading to the beer festival will head over there.

      1 · April 29, 2015

  • Lu H.

    Do I have to buy a ticket if I don't drink beer?

    April 26, 2015

    • Lu H.

      If I were to go to the beer fest but not drink beer would I need a ticket?

      April 26, 2015

    • Raena

      I think you can get a 'designated driver' ticket for $5.

      April 26, 2015

  • Art

    I'm not going to be back in town for at least another 5 days or so. If someone could buy me a ticket I will pay you back and a bottle of my latest home brew.

    April 21, 2015

    • Raena

      I'll sell you mine, Art! (and go get one at Bosque for $10). Haha. Will make sure there is one for you.

      1 · April 21, 2015

    • Raena

      Got one with your name on it.

      1 · April 21, 2015

  • Yubao

    I do wish to join you guys for ales part, that is, if I can get back to town soon enough.

    April 21, 2015

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