Upcoming Hike – Hike at Battleship Rock – Saturday May 13th

On Sat, May 13 Tom Dorr and Jane Knap will lead a 4 mile In/Out hike from Battleship Rock to McCauley Hot Springs and back in the Jemez Mountains.

Battleship Rock (Jemez Springs, NM): Top Tips Before You Go – TripAdvisor

Meet at the South parking lot of First U near ARC at 9:30 am. As usual bring lunch, water, your own personal first aid kit, wear a hat, hiking shoes and dress appropriately for the weather. Hiking poles are recommended. If you want to go into the hot springs bring a bathing suit. Camera and binoculars optional.

It is a 65-mile drive to the trailhead which takes an hour and a half from the church and passes through the Jemez Pueblo, so please make no afternoon plans. Group will be back to First U between 3:30-4:30 pm.

No dogs allowed.

Highlights of the hike include huge obsidian boulders and views down on Battleship Rock and East Fork of Jemez River gorge. The black glass, obsidian boulders are the result of fast cooling lava from volcanic action.

The minimum elevation is 6780′ with 753 elevation gain and 930′ total uphill and 930′ total downhill.

Please RSVP only if you will be participating by Thurs, May 11. Phone or email if you have questions. Thanks.

Kathleen Rhoad 505 225-9747 c

White Mesa Bike Trails Hike (Ojito Wilderness) – Saturday April 8, 2017

On April 8, 2017, Theresa Watson led a group of 8 on the White Mesa Bike Trails hike on BLM land near the Ojito Wilderness: Cheri Plavnick, Dawn Leach, Jane Knapp, Bob Diggelman, Carol Moss, Gary Donnermeyer, Camilla Haneberg and Theresa Watson. Camilla said: “The hike was lots of steep ups and downs, as advertised. The views were great and it was very much worth the effort.”

Theresa reported that it got windy after lunch and the group really liked the challenge of it – the scrambling and remarked on the gorgeous scenery.

Thanks, Theresa! You got rave reviews as a first-time First U hike leader. Dawn Leach said you were a great leader as good as any the First U hiking group has had. All of your outdoor experience shined that day!

Katleen

Thanks to Kathleen for the group picture and Camilla for the Ojito scenes.

Upcoming Hike – White Mesa Bike Trails Hike (Ojito Wilderness) – Saturday April 8th

Hello UU hikers and friends.

On Sat, April 8, Theresa Watson will lead a White Mesa Bike Trails 4 mile hike in the Ojito Wilderness on BLM land off route 550, about 2 miles south of San Isidro.

This will be the most scenic and colorful hike we’ve offered. It’s a bit more strenuous than most of our destinations. Part of the trail is moderate and part is difficult. From the top it has beautiful views of Cabezon. There are many retreating escarpments and bands of multi-colored shale, sandstone and limestone that draw attention to the cliff sides. It can be windy and is open with no shade.

The hike starts on top of a mesa at 6,037 ‘ and descends into the valley floor at about 5,600’. It is down and up with a few places to scramble. 1.3 miles into the hike there is a long steep descent with a mid-way scramble and final steep section in loose soil into the valley.

Yesterday when we scouted the trail, it took 5 hours at a leisurely pace, at 2 miles/hour with lots of rests and time to examine specimens of gypsum and alabaster and to take in the beauty.

Meet at First U at 8 am on Sat, April 8 in the south parking lot near ARC. We will carpool in the vehicles with highest clearance since the trailhead is 4.4 miles on a dirt road from route 550 to a gravel parking lot (left turn on Cabezon Rd before the white mesa prominent from route 550 that is a gypsum mine). Bring lunch and water, wear hiking shoes or boots with a good tread, a hat and dress for the weather in layers in the event of windy conditions. Please bring your own personal first aid supplies. Hiking pole/s would be very helpful. Cameras optional and binoculars not necessary since birds are scarce to absent.

Please RSVP to Kathleen by Thurs, April 6 only if you will be participating. Give me a call or email if you have questions. Thanks.

Kathleen Rhoad 225-9747 c

NM Sierra Club ABQ Outings 2017 – Q2 – revised 03/22/2017

Saturday, April 1: Bosque trail hike to look at the recent fire area on March 14 and discuss vegetation rehabilitation. Meet 08 a.m. at the parking lot on the north side of Alameda just west of the bridge. Easy walk, bring kids. Leashed dogs OK. Brian Hanson: bhanson5@comcast.net, (505)-856-1386.

Saturday, April 8 at 5:30 p.m.: Short walk and Slideshow to learn about Bats, with Justin of the “Fight White Nose Bat Syndrome/Help Bats Hang On group”. This is a “Bosquitos” event geared toward elementary kids, but all are welcome. The “Bosquitos” mission is to learn about Albuquerque’s Bosque, the animals and plants that live there, and ways to take care of the Bosque as a precious natural space. Meet at Sarita Streng home. Call/text (505)-288-8713 for directions.

Saturday, April 22: Celebrate Earth Day in the Sandia’s, sponsored by the Sierra Club Military Outdoors Program and everyone is welcome. Moderate hike of the Tree Spring Trail in the Sandia’s. We will proceed to the crest where you can admire views of the city and enjoy the serenity of the Cibola Wilderness Area. Four miles round trip with a 1,000 foot elevation gain. Dogs on leash, OK. To register, contact Terry Owen: teowen@q.com, (505)-301-4349 by April 20.

Saturday, April 22 at 10:30 a.m.: Attend the Children’s Seed Festival at the Botanic Gardens. Learn about how seeds work, make seed balls, and more. Festival sponsored by the Rotary Club of Albuquerque. This is a “Bosquitos” event geared toward elementary kids, but all are welcome. The “Bosquitos” mission is to learn about Albuquerque’s Bosque, the animals and plants that live there, and ways to take care of the Bosque as a precious natural space. Meet at the entrance to the Biopark. Note that there is an entrance fee to the BioPark. Call Sarita Streng (505)-288-8713 for more information.

Sunday, April 23: Outing above Tent-Rocks. Easy to moderate hike: about 4 miles round trip, little elevation gain. Meet 10:30 a.m. at the “Veterans Memorial Overlook”, which is on the dirt road past the parking lots for Tent Rocks. Two dogs on leash OK. Contact Odile: odile@pitot.org, (505)-433 4692 by April 21 to register and obtain information for where to meet in Albuquerque or Santa Fe. End with optional potluck at Odile’s house.

Saturday, May 6, 8:30 a.m.: Easy walk to the South Diversion Channel outfall, a little-visited section of the Bosque in the South Valley that has been restored by the Army Corps of Engineers. Admire successful wetlands, native plants, birds, and other wildlife. If the river is in flood see how the overflow system to the restored area works. Meet at the end of Valley High, SW, on the east side of the river. Bring kids. Mark Rudd: mark@markrudd.com, (505) 270-5449.

Saturday, May 13: Fourth of July trail in the Manzanos. Moderate 6.4 mile loop. Meet 1030 a.m. at the trail-head parking lot. Two dogs OK. Contact Odile: odile@pitot.org, (505)-433 4692 by May 11 to register and obtain information for where to meet in Albuquerque or Santa Fe. End with optional potluck at Odile’s house.

Saturday, May 20: TWA Crash Site. Sponsored by the Sierra Club Military Outdoors Program and everyone is welcome. If you have not been to the TWA Crash Site before, this is your opportunity. Difficult hike: 7.5 miles round trip and 2,500 foot of elevation gain. Rugged hike starts from the Elena Gallegos Picnic area, takes you under the Tram’s route and ends amidst the rock spires 2/3 of the way up the Sandia Mountain. Dogs not recommended. Contact Terry Owen no later than May 18 to register and obtain directions: (505)-301-4349), teowen@q.com.

Saturday, June 10: Pino and Crest trails. Difficult hike: elevation gain 4,500 foot, total length 15 miles. Meet 09 a.m. at the Elena Gallegos Parking lot (the highest and farthest to the east). Hike up Pino Trail, follow the Crest trail to the top of the Tram, and return by taking the Tram. No dogs. Note: we hope to provide much reduced Tram tickets to those who register by May 20. End with optional potluck at Odile’s house. Contact Odile: odile@pitot.org, (505-433 4692) by June 8.

Saturday, June 24: Take Your Anatomy up Grays Peak. Sponsored by the Sierra Club Military Outdoors Program and everyone is welcome. Always wanted to tackle a Colorado “Fourteener” and never had the chance? Tallest mountain on the Continental Divide. Although rated as moderate, participants must be in excellent physical condition and tolerate altitude. 3,000 foot of elevation gain and eight miles round trip. Leaders will be camping at the trailhead the day/night before. Contact Terry Owen no later than June 20 to register and obtain directions: (505)-301-4349, teowen@q.com.

Bosque Trail Hike – Saturday March 11, 2017

Hello all,

Pleasant cool morning for the start of the hike at 9:45 from the Gabaldon end, following the new earthen, crusher fine trail in the Bosque. Group spotted 3 or 4 porcupines. Did not see the Great Horned Owls’ nest. Walked at a brisk pace in order to be on time to meet the Rio Grande Nature Center group.

Group doing the loop from Gabaldon to Montano and back included Scott Lake, Ken Callaghan, William Maxwell, Theresa Watson, Carol & Bob Diggelman, Dawn Leach and Kathleen Rhoad for most of the first leg to Montano. Thanks Scott for becoming the leader so Kathleen could rest her feet. This loop was 5 to 6 miles.

The group that did the RGNC to Montano loop included Dianne Fierro and Michelle & Gary Smith. Dianne reported that her pedometer showed it was 2.9 miles.

Several people had their first hike with our UU hiking group: William Maxwell, Theresa Watson and Michelle & Gary Smith. Welcome!

Kathleen Rhoad

Pictures by Kathleen.

Upcoming Hike – Bosque Trail Hike – Saturday March 11th

bosque-animHello First U hikers and friends,

On Sat, March 11 Kathleen Rhoad will lead a five mile round-trip hike on the Bosque Trail (the mayor’s so called “crusher fine” trail) from I-40 to Montano and back and a shorter 2 mile loop from the Rio Grande Nature Center to end of the trail at Montano and back to RGNC. The trail is mainly shaded and has some views of the river.

If you want to go on the 5 mile loop hike, please meet Kathleen at the dead-end of Gabaldon Place, just north of I-40 at 9:30 am.

Directions: From Rio Grande Blvd turn west on Rice (if you are driving south on Rio Grande Blvd – this is 1.1 miles south of Candelaria and a right turn; if you are driving north on Rio Grande Blvd, Rice is just north of I-40 and a left turn). At Los Luceros turn left. The road immediately turns into Duranes Rd at the sharp turn to the right. Proceed .3 mile and turn left on Gabaldon Road. In a short distance turn right on Gabaldon Place and proceed .3 mile to the parking lot at the dead-end.

If you want to go on the 2 mile loop, meet the group coming from Gabaldon at the Rio Grande Nature Center (at the west end of Candelaria) at 10:30 am. Walk through the RGNC and meet us just west of the clear ditch on the paved bike path near the ramp to the Aldo Leopold trail, to your right. There is a $3 parking fee.

The shorter 2 mile loop will last about an hour. The longer 5 mile loop will be back to Gabaldon at roughly 1 pm.

As usual dress for the weather, wear hiking shoes or boots and a hat. Bring water, lunch, snacks, as desired and your own first aid supplies. Hiking pole/s, binoculars, camera optional.

Please RSVP only if you will be participating by Thurs, March 9. Tell me whether you will be meeting us at Gabaldon Place parking lot at 9:30 am or on the bike path outside the RGNC at 10:30 am. If you have questions, email or phone Kathleen. Thanks.

Kathleen Rhoad 225-9747 c

Sevilleta NWR April – May 2017 Public Programs

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Saturday, April 22, 2017
9 am – 2 pm
Celebrate Earth Day! Join the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Bureau of Land Management for San Lorenzo Canyon clean up. Meet at San Lorenzo Canyon 3 miles in at the Cottonwood grove. Dress for the weather and bring your lunch. Reservations NOT required.

Saturday, April 29, 2017
Pino Canyon Cactus Hike
9 am – 3 pm
Explore the magnificent Pino Canyon in search of spring blooms!
Moderate 3-mile hike over uneven surfaces. Dress for the weather and bring your lunch.
Space is limited, make your reservation now!

Saturday, May 13
Birding Walk
8 am – 2pm
Celebrate International Migratory Bird Day by joining us for Birding walk!
Join us for a walk along the Rio Grande Refuge wetlands. Easy 1.5-mile hike over uneven surfaces
Dress for the weather, grab your lunch, water, and do not forget your binoculars!
Space is limited, make your reservations now!

More information here.