New Year’s Day Hike on Tortugas Mountain

Jornada Hiking & Outdoors Club
Jornada Hiking & Outdoors Club
Public group
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Tortugas Mountain, also known as “A Mountain” (but the real “A Mountain” is in Tucson), on the east side of Las Cruces between the University and the Organ Mountains, is a great place to start 2013 off. There will be two options, first we will hike around the base of the Mountain (~4 miles, with little elevation gain), and end up close to the cars, people may then choose if they would like to hike to the top of Tortugas to enjoy the view.

I am starting the hike later for those who need a little more time to sleep in. We will meet at the Sunset Parking lot across from Centennial High School.

Distance: ~4 miles or ~7 miles.

Duration: ~2-4 hours. The pace will not be too fast, and the group will take short breaks as necessary.

Elevation gain: Dependent on choice either ~100 ft or ~1000ft.

Terrain: Fair trail with some rocky places.

Skill level: Beginner friendly for the around part, more intermediate for the up part.

Pets friendly?: Yes. Please bring a leash.

What to bring?: Water, snacks, camera, (champagne to have at the top?)

MEET at:

Las Cruces: 10:00 am at Tortugas Mountain's Sunset Parking lot. See map ( MORE information:

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