This is our traditional Tuesday evening hike that starts after Daylight Savings Time ends each year, replacing the Tortugas Tuesdays Fitness Hike. The Las Cruces Dam, running north to south from Del Rey Boulevard to East Lohman, is frequently used as a walking/running/biking path in the City that, unlike other paths, is sufficiently away from any motor routes.
The dam walk is absolutely level, no elevation gain/loss, which should be pretty obvious. The city light surrounding the dam is quite a view in itself; also, it makes it possible to do this hike without carrying your own light. However, hikers are encouraged to bring a light just in case.
This is an easy 5-mile hike suitable for all levels of hikers. Let's come out and have some fun!
DISTANCE is 5.3 mi round-trip.
ELEVATION GAIN is absolutely zero.
DURATION: under 2 hours.
PET-FRIENDLY? Yes, have a way to restrain your dog, and if you'd like to unleash, please ask others before you do so.
SKILL LEVEL is unbelievably beginner friendly.
TERRAIN hard-packed sandy loam path.
WEATHER is TBA.
Afterward, we may go for dinner together (will decide during the hike).
Las Cruces: 6:00 pm, south end of Las Cruces Dam near East Lohman Ave., just east of Telshor, behind the OfficeMax. See map (OpenStreetMap (http://www.openstreetmap.org/?mlat=32.317146&mlon=-106.741609&zoom=18&layers=M) or Google Maps (https://maps.google.com/maps?q=32.317146,-106.741609&hl=en&ll=32.317004,-106.740659&spn=0.003863,0.003026&sll=34.166233,-106.026069&sspn=15.464957,12.392578&t=m&z=18)).