|At the quarry|
There were other intrepid outdoor enthusiasts on and about the mountain, but I had no direct encounter with any. It may have had something to do with the route I chose to follow: up the trail east of the Sunset Area parking lot past the old rock quarry to the saddle overlooking a distant view of the Organ Mountains.
Then I doubled back and trekked along the high trail on the west side of Tortugas, dropping down to the lower desert and following the path along the arroyo. I did a bit of bushwhacking over to the Lineworkers' grounds before circling north to Geothermal Road, which I followed back to the mountain and down the road to the gate. From there it was a quick jaunt on the route to the entrance road where I left Whitey the CR-V.
|Organ Mountains with cloud cover|
|This and the next: quarry on the mountain's northwest side|
|Tortugas Mountain's steep northwest slope|
|Across the Mesilla Valley|
|What a sky|
|Strawberry Hedgehog Cactus|
|The long view|
|Looking the other way on Geothermal Road|
|Spot the dove|