Quite possibly, this is either the best or worse idea we’ve ever had! An Oldie but a goodie! On Las Cruces West Mesa, Picacho Mountain is nearly the same height as Tortugas Mountain, but has more prominence when looking across the valley.
We will meet at the post office first, then move on to the trailhead. If you don't have high clearance vehicle, no worries. You can hitch a ride with somebody at the Post Office (compensate for gas). If you do have a high clearance vehicle, please bring it along.
Distance - Please plan between 2 and 6 mi.
Elevation Gain - 1000 ft gained.
Fees - None. Of course, if you carpool, please compensate your driver for gas!
Duration - We aim for finishing by 5 pm.
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 - Intermediate, you should always come prepared. The elevation gain and terrain should not be taken lightly.
Terrain - Loose, steep mountainside.
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 - High Desert Brewery's happy hour.
Las Cruces: 1:00 pm at the US Fairaces Post Office. See map:[masked]°N,[masked]°W (http://www.meetup.com/las-cruces-hiking/events/geo:32.307925,-106.83717) (see on Google Maps (http://maps.google.com/?q=32.307925,-106.83717&z=18), OpenStreetMap (http://www.openstreetmap.org/?mlat=32.307925&mlon=-106.83717&zoom=18), USGS topo map (http://mapper.acme.com/?ll=32.307925,-106.83717&marker0=32.307925,-106.83717&z=18)). We will carpool from here so please do not be late!
More information - Map of area (http://www.openstreetmap.org/?lat=32.3295&lon=-106.8806&zoom=14&layers=M)
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. At least a liter per person is preferable.
Flashlight - We don't plan on hiking in the dark, but you never know. Headlamps are the best, but any flashlight will work in a pinch.
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.
***Caution/Disclaimer: Each individual hiker is responsible for their own personal safety/health and of their guests when participating in Jornada Hiking & Outdoor Club activities. The organizers of Jornada Hiking & Outdoor Club and the Jornada Hiking & Outdoor Club are not liable for any illness, injury, accident, mechanical break-down, or unforeseen acts that may occur while you participate going to, during, or after any activity. If you have a medical condition that may be aggravated by any kind of physical activity you must make your own personal decision about attending and not hold any of the volunteer organizers liable. All organizers are volunteers and are not compensated during any activity.***