Bonus Thursday hike! Come meet us at Tortugas Mountain (aka "A Mountain", because it has a big "A" on it).
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. We usually 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 - 6:20 pm at Tortugas Mountain's Sunset Parking lot (see directions below). GPS -[masked]°N,[masked]°W (http://www.meetup.com/las-cruces-hiking/events/112528322/geo:32.29748,-106.70694) (see on Google Maps (http://maps.google.com/?q=32.29748,-106.70694&z=18), OpenStreetMap (http://www.openstreetmap.org/?mlat=32.29748&mlon=-106.70694&zoom=18), USGS topo map (http://mapper.acme.com/?ll=32.29748,-106.70694&marker0=32.29748,-106.70694&z=18))
Time - We will hit the trail by 6:30. If you might be late call or text.
More information - Map of area (http://www.openstreetmap.org/?lat=32.28814&lon=-106.69907&zoom=15&layers=M)