The La Llorna trail is a flat, gravel-bed trail along the Rio Grande. The portion we'll be hiking starts at Calle de Norte in Mesilla, and goes up to the end of the the Triviz–La Llorna connector trail (the one that follows Alameda Arroyo), which we have hiked a few times in the past few months.
This trail is completely flat (i.e. easy). Consider bringing weights, etc to make sure you have a workout, and please bring a flashlight (I don't plan on using them but it can't hurt to be prepared).
Directions to the trail head (assuming you're coming from Interstate 10):
- Take Interstate 10 exit (Avenida de Mesilla), and turn south, heading towards Mesilla
- When you enter Mesilla, you'll hit it's first street light, an intersection with Calle de Norte.
- Take a right (heading west) on Calle de Norte, and drive for about 2 miles.
- About 2 miles is the Rio Grande; BEFORE crossing the Rio Grande, you need to turn right onto a Rio Grande levee.
- As you drive a few feet onto the levee, you'll see a road going down towards the river to your left. Follow it to the parking lot.
Please see the map below to orient yourselves! Unfortunately there are not really signs, and it's difficult to see things in the dark.
DISTANCE is ~10 mi, out and back.
ELEVATION GAIN is essentially zero, unfortunately
FEES: None. Of course, if you carpool, please compensate your driver for gas!
DURATION: 2–3 hours. Should finish by 9:30/10 pm.
PET FRIENDLY? Yes. Bring a muzzle (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 is unbelievably beginner friendly. Please find a way to make it more difficult (weights, etc).
TERRAIN grave-bed trail.
WEATHER is clear but breezy (5–15 mph) and cold (low of 21°F). Please dress appropriately.
AFTERWARDS will probably be too late to do anything, though people always talk about dinner
MEET for carpool at:
- 5:30 pm, Baskin Robbins at Solano Square Shopping Center (Solano and Missouri). See map (OpenStreetMap or Google Maps).
- ~6:20 pm, south La Llorna trailhead at Calle de Norte. See map (OpenStreetMap or Google Maps).