What: Hiking to the top of Tonuco Mountain
Meeting Place: Shell station at I10 and Transmountain road
Meeting Time: 7AM, we will leave promptly at 7:10AM
Alternate meeting place: Radium Springs exit #19 on I25 north of Las Cruces (7:45 AM+/-)
Length: 5 miles
Type: off trail, it will be a loop hike
Hiking time: 4-5 hours
Bring: Plenty of water, snacks, sunblock, hat, Sack Lunch to eat on top
Other: We will see a stunning canyon with colorful rocks, an old mining area, and a superb view from the top of the mountain.
This hike is described in Greg Magee's book Day Hikes and Nature Walks in the El Paso-Las Cruces Area.
This hike is off trail, bring good boots and trekking poles. The weather will be(hot)so also bring more than enough water and sunblock. Lots of interesting rocks, petroglpyhs, etc in the area.
Las Cruces: At 7:15 am to arrange for car pooling K-Mart parking lot on North Main/US 70 and Del Rey, near Shell. See map (OpenStreetMap (http://www.openstreetmap.org/?mlat=32.35083&mlon=-106.76538&zoom=17&layers=M) or Google Maps (http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&source=s_q&hl=en&geocode=&q=32.35083,-106.76538&aq=&sll=32.2563,-106.7&sspn=0.015497,0.018582&ie=UTF8&ll=32.351135,-106.768591&spn=0.00774,0.01502&t=h&z=17)).
See map (OpenStreetMap (http://www.openstreetmap.org/?mlat=31.907703&mlon=-106.581483&zoom=18&layers=M) or Google Maps (http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&source=s_q&hl=en&geocode=&q=31.907703,-106.581483&aq=&sll=31.907128,-106.581379&sspn=0.001874,0.001261&ie=UTF8&ll=31.9077,-106.581931&spn=0.001874,0.002693&t=h&z=19)).
Tunuco Mountain on SummitPost (http://www.summitpost.org/tonuco-mountain/336278)