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Turtles & ice cream

With summer setting in, it gets difficult to go hiking on busy weekends or get up earlier and earlier to beat the heat. For those living in in town (Las Cruces), there's no reason we can't fit a quick urban hike after work.

Tortugas Mountain (aka "A Mountain", because it has a big "A" on it as seen from NMSU/Interstate 25) is an urban mountain with many, many hiking trails to explore. Every Tuesday evening, I'd like to go out there, pick a random trail when we get there, and get a few miles in during the week.

I have no intention of staying out past sunset, which limits hiking time to some 2 hours, and distance to some 6–7 mi, maximum.

Routes may vary: we'll may walk around the mountain first and take the easy (road) way up, or go quickly and take a steep route. I also had the idea to play a game with a coin and at each trail junction, flip it to see which way to go. Etc etc.

Afterwards, Baskin Robbins has dollar scoop night—child-size scoops are $1, and full-size scoops $1.50 for all sorbets and ice creams. Make sure to burn enough calories to earn yourself a cone if you decide to join.

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 Tortugas 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. Bring a muzzle (you shouldn't need be told to bring a proper leash).

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. I personally stay on trails but we may go off if people desire something more challenging.

WEATHER is clear, though sometimes it's windy on the top.

AFTERWARDS I am going to dollar scoop night at Baskin Robbins—feel free to join!

MEET at:

  • Las Cruces: 5:30 pm at Tortugas Mountain's Sunset Parking lot. See map.

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  • Samat

    October 10, 2012

    • A former member
      A former member

      This is a cool app! I especially like the overlay on a decent topo. Does your gadget have a gps, or does it track (and lose) cell towers in dead zones? It was a little disappointing to learn that even two trips up was still less than 3 miles. That means the other rock slide hikes musta been shorter than I thought. I am still consoled, however, that the rock slide is a bit strenuous, and feel good that I finally did it without taking a breather. It dampens the guilt of having a scoop of icecream afterwards:). Looking at the track, I still maintain that the "A" trail is just a narrower (and longer) version of the rock slide, albeit with a little better footing LOL. Thanks for another enjoyable hike.

      October 10, 2012

  • Samat

    Time moved up to 5:30pm! Probably no longer moving up the time, it's cutting it too close to when people get off from work—we're at 5:30 until the end of DST.

    October 4, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    I plan on practicing some on Mt Franklin near my house. Gonna try to build some endurance, so I won'e hold yo back next time.
    You were patient with me.


    September 29, 2012

    • Samat

      Mt. Franklin is definitely a challenge (I find Tortugas Mtn easier). Good luck, and see you soon!

      October 4, 2012

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