|Northeast face of Tortugas Mountain|
We started out at the Monte Vista parking area of the Tortugas Mountain Trail System, intending to hike two-thirds around the mountain before backtracking. It was such a cool morning, though, we decided to circumnavigate the entire mountain. Because it was Sunday we ran into quite a few people, including a group of four mountain bikers. Referring the plethora of gun retorts from "hunters" in the area I jokingly said to the lead biker, "Didn't get shot?" He said, "Not yet." We had a laugh, but neither of us thought it was really funny.
|Looking west along the mountain|
|Heading around the south side|
|Looking east--the way we came|
|High point on the trail, south side of the mountain|
|The trail we came down, facing north|
|Looking up slope from the rock shelter (south side)|
|The Organ Mountains in the east|
|On the trail, north side of Tortugas|
|This little guy barked his displeasure at our presence|
We can't wait until hunting season is over.
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