Sierra Club List of Outings from Albuquerque and Santa-Fe, for Oct., Nov., Dec. 2017

OCTOBER 2017

Sunday, October 1, easy/moderate hike: start on the Borego trail, then off-trail to a Santa Fe Baldy viewpoint, 1,000 feet elevation gain, 5 miles; Alan Shapiro nm5s@yahoo.com 505-424-9242.

Thursday, October 5, trekking Alpine Meadows above the Ski Basin: (recurring hike) this is a weekly burst of 90 minutes ascending 2,000 vertical feet, with a variety of scenic rewards at the top. Some weeks we will just go to Deception Peak, sometimes to Lake Peak, and when time permits we may descend Ravens Ridge or go to Puerto Nambe and return via the Winsor Trail. This is by far the quickest route above timberline in our area, passing by rushing water for almost the entire hike. 8:30 a.m. departure. Most times we will be back in time for a late lunch. Contact Mark Dunham, medunham2@msn.com, 505-795-0199 near event time.

Friday, October 6, strenuous four-day backpack in Pecos Wilderness. About 32 miles and 5,000 feet elevation gain; Larry Hughes lorenz.hughes@gmail.com, 505-983-8296.

Saturday, October 7, advanced-moderate hike to the Chama Headwaters; 2,500 feet elevation gain, 8-12 miles; Mark Dunham medunham2@msn.com or 505-795-0199

Saturday, October 7, 10 a.m.: Easy hike to learn about Albuquerque history. The Sierra Club Military Outdoors Program and the Albuquerque Historical Society are teaming to offer an exclusive history tour of downtown Albuquerque. Handicap-accessible outing. Meet at the Alvarado Transportation Center, 100 1st Street SW, at the clock tower. We’ll proceed down Central Avenue from 1st Street to 8th Street and learn about the history, architecture and personalities that have made Albuquerque unique. Two hour-long outing, one mile round trip. Service dogs only. Contact Terry Owen by October 1, 505-301-4349, teowen@q.com

Saturday, October 7, Bosquitos outing at 6500 Coors NW, 1-3p.m. West Side Open Space Visitor. Come explore the Open Space Visitor Center grounds and discover all it offers our smallest and busiest friends. Tour the pollinator garden full of flowers that humming birds, bees, and beetles like. Find the bee hotel among the bulrush near the wetland, and then buzz over to the “Nocturne Garden” that treats bats and moths to nighttime sweets. After the tour, engage in a variety of pollinator activities, including adding your work to the Buzz, Flit, Flap children’s art installation.
The Bosquitos are the youth-centered group of the Bosque Action Team. Our mission is to learn about Albuquerque’s Bosque, the animals and plants that live there, and ways to take care of the Bosque and our earth as a precious natural space. Call Sarita Streng at 505-288-8713 for more information. If you need special assistance, please let us know ahead and we will do our best to help. Also if you would like to organize an event for our group or have suggestions for other outings or educational events, we would love ideas and more volunteers. Please contact Sarita Streng at 505-288-8713 or Julie Hudson at jth@cybermesa.com.

Sunday, October 8, Easy loop hike on top of the Sandia Mountain, about 3 miles. Great views and fall colors. Meet 08:45 a.m. at intersection of Paseo del Norte and Central, in the Smith Parking lot west side (parallel to the store entry façade), or at 09:45 at the antennas (at the South end of the lower parking lot). Hike starts below the crest, on the Albuquerque side and returns by the crest trail. If snow or ice, will hike on the North side of the antennas. End with optional potluck at Odile and Jim’s house. Contact Odile by Oct 7, h: 505-433-4692, or c: 505-933-1630, Odile@pitot.org. Please specify: (1) cell-phone number; (2) if coming to the potluck; and (3) where you can meet the group.

Sunday, October 8, strenuous Frijoles Rim/Canyon Loop; 13.6 miles and 1,500 feet elevation gain, a scenic tour of Frijoles Canyon in Bandelier National Monument at a time when we might see some beautiful fall colors in addition to the exquisite landscape of Frijoles Canyon. We will start at the Visitor Center, take the Frijoles Rim Trail to the Upper Crossing and then descend Frijoles Canyon, to return to the Visitor Center. Contact Aku, 505-577-2594.

Thursday, October 12, Rio Quemado Trail Clearing to Quemado Falls (SFNF Joint Outing); up to 10 miles and 1,500 feet elevation gain. Mark Dunham medunham2@msn.com or 505-795-0199.

Saturday, October 14, 10a.m. to noon, River cleanup. Meet at Closson St. footbridge, bring work gloves. 12:30 picnic, Alto Park. In conjunction with Santa Fe Watershed Association ‘Hunt for the Red Rocktober’. John Buchser, 820-0201, jbuchser@comcast.net.

Saturday, October 14, 9 a.m. to noon, fall outing at a gentle pace in the Bosque intended for wheelchair users and others with impaired mobility. We will begin at Valle del Bosque–a hybrid park, Little League facility, and Bernalillo County Open Space property in one of the oldest neighborhoods (Atrisco) of Albuquerque. A trail, built with wheelchairs in mind, leads to a platform on the banks of the Rio Grande. Adjacent dirt trails in the Bosque are also passable by wheelchair for the adventuresome. Porcupines live in the neighborhood, and often seen are geese, ducks, egrets, cormorants, and various kinds of hawks. Eagles have also been seen, though rarely. Contact Colston Chandler, ccent@swcp.com, 505-343-9498 to register and obtain detail directions to the meeting place.

Sunday, October 15, moderate hike up Hermit Peak, 2,750 feet elevation gain, 8 miles; Alan Shapiro, nm5s@yahoo.com, 505-424-9242.

Thursday, October 19, recurring Thursday hike, see Oct 5 description.

Saturday, October 21, advanced moderate hike, South on the Alpine Meadows of the Santa Barbara Divide, 1,600 feet elevation gain, 9 or 14 miles; Mark Dunham, medunham2@msn.com or 505-795-0199.

Thursday, October 26, recurring Thursday hike, see Oct 5 description.

 

NOVEMBER 2017

Thursday, November 2, recurring Thursday hike, see Oct 5 description.

Saturday, November 4, Bosquitos presentation by Wildlife Rescue including meeting rehabilitated wildlife; 10 a.m. or 11:15 a.m. session at the Sierra Club: 2215 Lead Ave SE Albuquerque, interesting and heart-warming presentation REQUIRES an RSVP. Only 20 attendees are allowed per session. If more than 40 people RSVP, we will try to set up an additional session. RSVP Julie Hudson, jth@cybermesa.com. See Oct 7 for a Bosquitos description.

Sunday, November 5, Cibola National Forest, easy 5 miles hike. Meet at 09:00 a.m. in the Smith Parking lot close to the intersection of Paseo del Norte and Central, (on the West side parallel to the store entry façade) or at 09:45 at the Tijeras Sandia Ranger station on Rd 337. End with optional potluck at Odile and Jim’s house. Contact Odile by Nov 3, h: 505-433-4692, or c: 505-933-1630, Odile@pitot.org. Please specify: (1) cell-phone number; (2) if coming to the potluck; and (3) where you can meet the group.

Thursday, Nov 9, Recurring Thursday hike, see Oct 5 description.

Friday, November 10, advanced-moderate hike: 2400 feet elevation and 11 miles. Glorieta Baldy from Apache Canyon (see Day Hikes p.14). A modification that shortens this hike is to leave from the lower trailhead by the Apache Canyon inholding, (removes 500 feet of elevation and 4 miles from the description). If snow, will shift the destination to the Watershed rim, still leaving from FR79 in Canada Los Alamos. Mark Dunham medunham2@msn.com or 505-795-0199.

Saturday, November 11, (Veterans Day), 9 a.m. to noon, outing intended for wheelchair users and others with impaired mobility. Will explore the Bosque on the recently built crusher fines trails east of the Rio Grande and south of I40. Various song birds, rabbits, road runners, ducks, and geese are usually in residence. Hawks, cormorants, herons, egrets, owls, eagles, and porcupines can occasionally be observed. At this time of year the odd sandhill crane may possibly be seen. Trail and access to it were designed with wheelchairs in mind. Contact Colston Chandler, ccent@swcp.com, (505) 343-9498 to register and obtain directions to the meeting place.

Thursday, November 16 and following Thursdays, through December 21 moderate winter Program for Thursdays in Winter but still seeking aerobic hikes, we switch from the Santa Fe Ski Basin to afternoon hikes in the area, with a noon start. Drives of up to an hour will be considered, and we often go near the rivers, either in White Rock Canyon or along the Rio Chama near Abiquiu. Up to 2,000 feet of elevation and 10 miles. PLEASE NOTE: each outing is proposed separately in the comments below. See what is planned each time, up to a month in advance. Mark Dunham medunham2@msn.com or 505-795-0199.

Saturday, November 25, (Thanksgiving Burn-off!): Sandia Crest Tunnel Spring Trail (see Day Hikes p.348). Guided by our Albuquerque hikers, we will attempt to see as much of the awesome granite exposed under the Sandia Crest. Route may change as we get closer, but the trailhead near Placitas will remain the same. Strenuous: 3,000 feet elevation and 12 miles. Mark Dunham medunham2@msn.com or 505-795-0199

Thursday, November 30, program for Thursdays in Winter (see November 16 description).

 

DECEMBER 2017

Saturday, December 2, 9 a.m.: Carlito Springs Loop Trail; easy hike near Tijeras sponsored by the Sierra Club Military Outdoors Program and everyone is welcome. 350 foot elevation gain, two miles round trip, in under 1.5 hours. Dogs on leash, OK. Carpooling strongly encouraged due to limited parking. To register contact Terry Owen, 505-301-4349, teowen@q.com by 30 Nov.

Saturday, December 2, easy hike around White Rock, 6.5 miles to petroglyphs, lava tube, views, Alan Shapiro nm5s@yahoo.com 505-424-9242.

Thursday, December 7, program for Thursdays in Winter (see November 16 description).

Saturday, December 9, hike or snowshoe, depending on weather. Visit www.meetup.com/Santa-Fe-Sierra-Club-Outings/ for details or contact Aku, 505-577-2594.

Thursday, December 14, program for Thursdays in Winter (see November 16 description).

Saturday, December 16, hike or snowshoe, depending on weather. Visit www.meetup.com/Santa-Fe-Sierra-Club-Outings/ for details or contact Aku, 505-577-2594.

Thursday, December 21, program for Thursdays in Winter (see November 16 description)

Saturday, December 23, strenuous snowshoe or hike depending on conditions; Larry Hughes, 505-983-8296, lorenz.hughes@gmail.com.

 

Notes: All distances are for round-trip.
Please check the Albuquerque Meetup site for updates, https://www.meetup.com/Sierra-Club-Rio-Grande-Chapter/.
For additional Santa Fe hikes and the latest updates, please check the Santa Fe Meetup site: www.meetup.com/Santa-Fe-Sierra-Club-Outings/.

Riders are asked to pay their driver 10 cents/mile round trip (this rarely exceeds $5).

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Upcoming Hike – Full Moon Hike In the Corrales Bosque – Thursday October 5th

 

We are going to try a new kind of hike for the Thurs, October 5 full moon.  It will be a short hike in the Corrales Bosque with views of the Sandias and river from about 5:45 pm until the moon rises at 7:21 pm – a bit later where we are as the moon has to rise above the Sandias. We’ll watch the moon for a bit after it rises and then depart.

Meet at First U in the south parking lot near ARC promptly at 5:15 pm to arrange carpooling so we can arrive at the bosque before it is dark.  Dress for the weather, bring water and a flashlight.

We will carpool to the west side of the Rio Grande and park at the end of East Ella off Corrales Rd.

If you live in or near Corrales and want to meet us at the end of East Ella at 5:45 pm, please let me know when you RSVP.

Please RSVP by Tues, Oct 3.  Let me know if there are questions.  Thanks.

Upcoming Hike – Ellis Survey Trail Hike – Saturday September 16th

Hello First U hikers and friends,

On Sat, Sept 16, Tom Dorr will lead a hike, on the east side of the Sandias, elevation 9850′, total uphill 735′, total downhill, 735′: Ellis Survey Loop hike – 4.9 miles. The Ellis segment is in the sun.  The Survey segment is beneath trees.   There is also a very old tree marked with a medallion. Tom says that the Medallion Tree is a Douglas Fir and is over 500 years old. The Medallion references the start of the War of the Roses in England in 1455.  The hike is rated moderate to strenuous due to the elevation.

Meet at 9 am in the south parking lot near ARC at First Unitarian to arrange carpooling.  As usual bring water, snacks, lunch, sunscreen, wear hiking shoes or boots, bring rain poncho, your own personal first aid kit and walking pole/s.   Bring binoculars, camera as desired.   No dogs.

Tom is a strong hiker so be prepared to keep up. Plan to be back to the church between 3 to 4 pm.

For anyone who lives on the east side of the Sandias, here are the Trailhead directions: From Abq take I-25 east to SR 14 exit and go north to Cedar Crest.  At SR 536 turn left and drive up the Crest Road 11.7 miles to the Ellis Trailhead, park on your left.  A $3 fee or Golden Age Pass is required. Meet at the trailhead at 10 am and when you RSVP, please tell Kathleen that you will be meeting at the trailhead.  Thanks.

Only for those who will be participating, please RSVP by Thurs, Sept 14. I will give Tom the list of people w/ phone contact info who have signed up for the hike. When you RSVP, please include your cell phone #, or home phone # if you do not have a cell#. In the event of bad weather, we will contact those of you who plan to participate, to cancel the hike.  Tom’s cell is 459-5737  in the event you have questions.   Thanks.

Kathleen Rhoad 225-9747 c

PS – We are doing a new hike in October, a full moon hike on Thursday evening, October 5 in the Corrales Bosque.  Watch for this description about Sept 20.

Tree Spring Trail – Saturday July 8, 2017

Great day for a hike. The weather was great for the ascent and we found a wonderful place to have lunch at the crest. This hike offers an easy ascent even thought the elevation gain is about 1000 feet (starting at 8500 feet). As you can see we were seven in number – Scott Lake (Leader) Ken Callahan, Bob Liebman, Brian Hill, Theresa Watson, John Kwait and Camilla Haneberg.

There are not many good overlooks (view points) until the crest is reached. A good portion of the trail is well shaded by conifers and there were many wild flowers. Scarlet Penstemon were particularly abundant in spots. also a few purple Penstemon spices.

Pictures provided by Bob Liebman and Scott Lake. All the crest views are to the west (Albuquerque and the Rio Grande valley).

 

Flowers and Plants Seen on Our Hike

Sierra Club Outings for July, Aug and Sept 2017

Saturday July 1 to Tuesday July 4, strenuous four-day loop backpack in the Pecos Wilderness. Starting at Jack’s Creek trailhead, we will hike trails 25 and 24 to the Skyline trail on the Santa Barbara Divide. Taking the Skyline trail west to Truchas Lakes and then south to Pecos Baldy Lake and on to Horsetheif Meadow. Continuing another couple of miles on the Skyline to the Cave Creek trail which will take us to Panchuela and then back to Jack’s. Total of about 39 miles, 7,000 feet of elevation gain, with a max elevation of 12,500 feet. Larry Hughes, 505-983-8296, lorenz.hughes@gmail.com.

Saturday July 8, strenuous hike in the San Pedro Parks Wilderness Area, 10-14 miles, 1,400 foot elevation gain, Mark Dunham 505-795-0199, medunham2@msn.com.

Sunday July 9, explore the middle Rio en Medio area from Aspen Ranch. A beautiful short hike (about four miles), but some steep climbing on old not-maintained trails. Early start at 7a.m. from SC parking lot. Marcia Skillman, 505-699-3008, marciaskillman@hotmail.com. One to two dogs OK.

Sunday July 9, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Explore the Durand Open Space Bosque. The Bosque Action Plan, the City plan governing the Bosque, designated the southernmost part of the Rio Grande Valley State Park as a “wildlife preserve”. The County created the Durand Open Space on the west side in the far South Valley, giving access to the area designated as a wildlife preserve. The residents of the far South Valley now have local access to lovely Bosque trails, but at the expense of chipping away at the wildlife preserve area. Is this a good or a bad thing? I don’t have an easy answer to that question, but since it is there, we will explore it. Meet at the Durand Open Space: take Rio Bravo to Isleta, then 1.6 miles south on Isleta. There will likely be mosquitoes, so long pants and long sleeves and/or repellant are highly recommended. Bring binoculars if you have them so we can check out any birds we encounter. RSVP: richard.barish@gmail.com, 232-3023.

Sunday July 16, Armijo and Faulty trails, Moderate hike ~ 4.5 miles loop, little elevation change. Meet at 10:00 a.m. close to I-40 and Central, in the Smith parking lot (west-most side). End with optional potluck at Odile and Jim’s house. Contact Odile de La Beaujardiere by July 14, h: 505 433 4692, or c: 933 1930, Odile@pitot.org. Please specify: (1) cell-phone number if you have one; (2) if coming to the potluck; and (3) where will meet the group.

Saturday July 22, strenuous Rio Quemado to Truchas Peak, 14 miles, 3,500 feet elevation gain. Mark Dunham, 505-795-0199, medunham2@msn.com.

Saturday July 29, Tree Spring Trail in the Sandia’s, 09:00 a.m. Sponsored by the Sierra Club Military Outdoors Program and all are welcome. We will hike to the crest. (Great views!). Easy/Moderate hike: four miles round trip with a 1,000 feet elevation gain. Dogs on leash OK. To register, contact Terry Owen by July 26, 505-301-4349, teowen@q.com.

Sunday, July 30, 5:30 p.m., Medicinal and Edible Plants of the Bosque. Take a walk with Herbalist and Geographer, Dara Saville of Albuquerque Herbalism to discover the edible and medicinal plants of our Bosque. We will explore the multitude of useful plants that are commonly used in natural healthcare practices and sample a few herbal remedies from the Bosque. Along the way, we will also discuss how these wild plant populations are changing and what that means for the health of our riparian ecosystems. Meet: 5:15p.m. at the Westside Community Center (1250 Isleta Blvd SW, south of Bridge) for a short carpool to the trail head. Contact/RSVP: Dara, albuquerqueherbalism@gmail.com.

Saturday, August 5, Sandia Cave Trail: See one of the most important archaeological sites in the US. One mile round trip. Meet 10:00 a.m. at the Parking lot north-most side of the Target of intersection I-25 and Paseo del Norte. End with optional potluck at Odile and Jim’s house. Contact Odile de La Beaujardiere by August 4, h: 505 433 4692, or c: 933 1930, Odile@pitot.org. Please specify: (1) cell-phone number if you have one; (2) if coming to the potluck; and (3) where you can meet the group.

Sunday, August 6, explore the Big Tesuque area, with a steep climb up the south trail to Aspen Vista, then down the main Big T trail. Moderate hike, about 6-7 miles, some steep climbing on non-maintained trails. One to two dogs OK. Early start, 7a.m. from SC parking lot. Marcia Skillman, 505-699-3008, marciaskillman@hotmail.com.

Thursday, July 13: Trekking Alpine Meadows above the Ski Basin: (Recurring hike) this is a weekly burst of 90 minutes ascending 2,000 vertical feet, with a variety of scenic rewards at the top. Some weeks we will just go to Deception Peak, sometimes to Lake Peak, and when time permits we may descend Ravens Ridge or to Puerto Nambe and return via the Winsor Trail. This is by far the quickest route above timberline in our area, passing by rushing water for almost the entire hike. 8:30 a.m. departure. Most times we will be back in time for a late lunch, which may happen too. Email Mark Dunham at medunham2@msn.com, or call (505) 795-0199 near event time.

Thursday, July 20: Trekking Alpine Meadows: (Recurring hike) See July 13 entry for description.

Thursday, July 27: Trekking Alpine Meadows: (Recurring hike) See July 13 entry for description.

Saturday, August 26, 9:00 a.m., Montaño to the Oxbow. By the end of August, we may be seeing subtle changes in the flora and fauna of our Bosque…and changes in our Rio Grande! Join us on a Bosque walk starting at the parking lot on Montaño–west side of the Rio, south of Montaño, where the tree sculptures are located. We will be able to see the changes resulting from previous Corps of Engineers work in the area as well as viewing the Oxbow. It should be lovely. About 1-2 hours. Bring water and hats, no dogs. Margaret, 321-5931.

Thursday, August 31: Trekking Alpine Meadows: (Recurring hike) See July 13 entry for description.

Thursday, September 7: Trekking Alpine Meadows: (Recurring hike) See July 13 entry for description.

Saturday September 9, strenuous hike to Old Mike Peak in the Taos area. Starting on the Williams Lake trail, we will hike up Wheeler Peak and then continue south and east for about another 1.5 miles along the ridge line to Old Mike Peak. Early start. About 13 miles and 3,700 foot elevation gain with max elevation over 13,000 feet. Two or three dogs OK. Larry Hughes, 505-983-8296, lorenz.hughes@gmail.com.

Sunday September 10, explore the Big Tesuque area, with a steep climb up the south trail to Aspen Vista, then down the main Big T trail. Moderate hike, about 6-7 miles, some steep climbing on non-maintained trails. One to two dogs OK. Early start, 7a.m. from SC parking lot. Marcia Skillman, 505-699-3008, marciaskillman@hotmail.com.

Saturday Sept 10, “9/11 Memorial Hike” at Wheeler Peak. Sponsored by the Sierra Club Military Outdoors Program and all are welcome. Climb the tallest peak in New Mexico to honor those who have given their all since 9/11. Meet at the “Hikers” parking area on September 10, 2017 at 06:30 a.m. Challenging hike starts near the upper ski area at 10,000 feet and proceeds up the Williams Lake route to the summit at 13,161 feet. Nine miles round-trip. Rated as difficult. Participants should be in good physical condition. Enjoy a beautiful alpine lake, towering ponderosa pines and unforgettable views of the surrounding mountains. Camping the evening before (September 9th) across the parking area from the heart of Taos Ski Valley (Alpine Village). To register, contact Terry Owen by September 6, 505-301-4349, teowen@q.com.

Thursday, September 14: Trekking Alpine Meadows: (Recurring hike) See July 13 entry for description.

Saturday, Sept 16, Piedra Lisa hike. Meet at 09:00 a.m. at the trail-head parking lot. We will climb starting from the South side, (close to the La Luz trail-head) then down to the Placitas side. Difficult hike: about six miles and 2,100 feet elevation change. One way hike: car(s) will be located on the Placitas side. End with optional potluck at Odile and Jim’s house. Contact Odile de La Beaujardiere by Sept 14, h: 505 433 4692, or c: 933 1930, Odile@pitot.org. Please specify: (1) cell-phone number if you have one; (2) if coming to the potluck; and (3) where you can meet the group.

Thursday, September 21: Trekking Alpine Meadows: (Recurring hike) See July 13 entry for description.

Saturday Sept 23 – Sunday Sept 24, Castle Peak. Carpool at 07:00 a.m. from DeVargas Mall. Ascend the highest peak from the Crested Butte side via Cumberland Basin. Castle Peak is the highest, but probably the least risky, of this group that includes the Maroon Bells. Drive up Saturday a.m., hike in 4 miles (ascending 800′), set a light overnight camp, and, on Sunday, climb the 2500′ to the peak. It’s a long drive home after the hike, so some may stay in Crested Butte that night, while others will drive back to Santa Fe if they do well driving after 10 PM. Strenuous/advanced: elevation gain 3,300 feet; 12 miles; also, scrambling on rock, and extended exertion above 13,000 feet. Note that, unless you can walk without poles, you are NOT well suited for this trip. Contact Mark Dunham: medunham2@msn.com, (505) 795-0199 near event time.

Sunday September 24, easy/moderate hike to Pajarito Ski hill above Los Alamos, four miles, 1,200 foot elevation-gain, Alan Shapiro, 505-424-9242, nm5s@yahoo.com.

Sunday, September 24:  Tour the Organ Mountains Desert Peaks National Monument.  Let’s celebrate Monuments to Main Street Month with a hike on the Pine Tree Loop, Aguirre Springs.  Spectacular views of the Organs Mountains and the Tularosa Basin to the east.  This is a moderate hike with elevation gain of 1,000 feet.  Four and a half mile loop.  Day use fee required for Aguirre Springs.  To register, call Howie Dash 575-652-7550 or email at howiedash@aol.com.

Thursday, September 28: Trekking Alpine Meadows: (Recurring hike) See July 13 entry for description.

Sunday October 1, easy/moderate hike on Borrego Trail to viewpoint of Santa Fe Baldy, five miles, 1,000 foot elevation-gain, Alan Shapiro, 505-424-9242, nm5s@yahoo.com.

Upcoming Hike – Tree Spring Trail – Saturday July 8th

View at the trail head

Hello First U hikers and friends,

On Sat, July 8 Scott Lake will lead the Tree Spring Trail hike on the east side of the Sandias.  He says that most of the trails to the crest in the Sandia Mountains are fairly long and strenuous. The Tree Spring Trail is the easiest route to the crest.  It reaches the crest a little more than half way up this hike after gaining only about 1,000′ (approximately 8,500 – 9,500).  The trail is mainly shady and is well maintained and follows a steady moderate grade.  Because of it’s proximity to Albuquerque, do not expect that the UU group will be the only hikers on the trail.  From NM 14, it is up NM 536, the Sandia Crest Scenic Byway, 5.7 miles, parking area on the left.

The hike is rated moderate.  If the group hikes to the Crest Trail, it will be about 4 miles round trip. Time permitting, hike may continue along the Crest Trail.  Dogs are welcome.

Please meet at the church promptly at 8:30 am for departure before 8:45 am.  The group will be back to the church between 3-4 pm.

As usual wear a hat, hiking shoes or boots, dress for the weather, bring water, lunch, your own personal first aid kit, sunscreen and insect repellent.  Hiking pole/s would be helpful.  Camera, binoculars, optional.

Please RSVP by Thurs, July 6 only if you will be participating. Thanks.

Kathleen Rhoad 225-9747 c

Hike at Battleship Rock – Saturday May 13, 2017

The hike to the hot (warm) spring is a fairly strenuous climb but we all made it just fine. Tom Dorr led the hike. The day was warm and fair, and there were many hikers on the trail. This is open forest with good shade most of the way. There are a few nice views of the surrounding mountains along the trail.

There are in fact large numbers of obsidian boulders. The small pieces I found, unfortunately, had many impurities.

Pictures by Neal MacDonald and Scott Lake.