Come Join me outside this Black Friday on the Las Cruces West Mesa. Picacho Mountain is nearly the same height as Tortugas Mountain, but has more prominence when looking across the valley. I plan to go around the back, up, and down the front. Afterword go somewhere and get a bite to eat.
We will park at the Post office and carpool. See you there!
DISTANCE is variable depending on what we decide to do. Please plan between 2 and 6 mi.
ELEVATION GAIN is variable, but it is some 1000 ft to the top of Picacho Mountain.
FEES: None. Of course, if you carpool, please compensate your driver for gas!
DURATION: variable; we finish when we finish. I aim for getting done by 8:30 pm or earlier.
PET FRIENDLY? Yes. Have a way to restrain your pet if necessary, and if you'd like to unleash, ask others before you do so.
SKILL LEVEL is variable. If you're a beginner, please come and let us know—we'll pick an easier route!
TERRAIN is loose, steep mountainside.
WEATHER is clear, though sometimes it's windy on the top.
AFTERWARDS is TBA; we usually decide during the hike.
Las Cruces: 1:00 pm at the US Fairaces Post Office. See map:[masked]°N,[masked]°W (https://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!
Map of area (http://www.openstreetmap.org/?lat=32.3295&lon=-106.8806&zoom=14&layers=M)