While out of Daylight Saving Times, it's still too dark to hike Tortguas Mountain, Picacho Mountain, or elsewhere during the week. But we should do something anyway!
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 route is absolutely level (no elevation gain/loss), so you are encouraged to make the hike more difficult by carrying weights, a backpack, etc. The city live surrounding the dam is a good view, and usually lets you do this hike without a light. Hikers are encouraged to bring a light anyway, just in case.
DISTANCE: 5.3 mi round-trip.
ELEVATION GAIN: absolutely zero.
DURATION: about 2 hours.
PET FRIENDLY? Yes. Must have a way to restrain your dog. (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: it's a stroll! Since we plan to walk and not run, you're encouraged to bring whatever you need to make your walk harder (weights, backpack, etc).
TERRAIN: sandy/rocky path.
WEATHER: typically doesn't matter; we hike rain or shine. Check the weather report from the NWS for the forecast at that location.
AFTERWARDS: we may go get dinner and/or drinks. The usual location is Farley's on Nacho and Foothills.
• Las Cruces: 5:45 pm, south end of Las Cruces Dam near East Lohman Ave. GPS: [masked]°N,[masked]°W (see on Google Maps, OpenStreetMap, USGS topo map)