Upcoming Hike – Tent Rocks Hike – November 9th

Hello First U hikers and friends,

On Thurs, Nov 9 Theresa Watson will lead a hike in Tent Rocks.  We chose a Thurs as the traffic on the trail will be less congested.  Please meet at the church to carpool in the south parking lot near ARC at 9 am.

Please RSVP directly to Theresa at denaliteton@gmail.com by Tues, Nov 7.  Phone her if you have questions at 757 752-1678 as Kathleen will be out of town. 

Thanks.

Thanks to Rick Held for this description for an earlier Tent Rocks hike.
Tent Rocks is a great spot to see geology at work and some spectacular views.

Rules:
$5 entry fee per private vehicle. Golden Eagle/Age/Access passports accepted.
No dogs permitted.

Suggestions:
Drivers: Watch the speed limits through the villages and Pueblo lands. Also be aware of the posted drainage dips and speed bumps.

Hikers:
A walking stick might be advisable for support in a few locations, and gloves would be handy during the traverse of the slot canyon to remove any reluctance to use the walls for balance and support.

This is a popular place due to the spectacular scenery and proximity to Santa Fe and Albuquerque.

Bring lunch, snacks, water, sunscreen, hat, rain poncho, walking stick/s, gloves, and your own personal first aid supplies.  Camera, binoculars optional.

Leave the UU Church South parking lot at 9 am for arrival at Tent Rocks just before 10:30. Plan to return by 4:00, possibly earlier.

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Tent Rocks National Monument is an amazing and educational walk-through laboratory of geologic processes. The conical or tent-like structures are the products of volcanic eruptions that occurred about 7 million years ago, creating pumice, ash and tuft deposits over 100 feet thick. Erosion over the years took away much of the volcanic debris except for areas protected by the harder stone cap layer. In some locations individual boulders protected the material directly below, creating the cone-shaped structures we see there today. Up to 90 feet tall, these structures are a dramatic example of artistic sculpting created by natural geologic processes.

Tent Rocks National Monument is about 55 miles northeast of Albuquerque by car, but with a significant amount of the drive off he interstate it is about a 1 hour 20 minute drive. Directions:

Take I-25 north to Exit 259 (Santo Domingo Pueblo/Cochiti Lake Exit). Turn left onto NM 22. As the website “http://www.blm.gov/nm/st/en/prog/recreation/rio_puerco/kasha_katuwe_tent_rocks.html “ says, Follow the signs on NM 22 to Cochiti Pueblo and Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument. Turn right off NM 22 at the Smoky Bear sign past the turquoise water tanks on the hill onto Tribal Route 92, which connects to BLM Road 1011. From the fee station, travel five miles to the national monument’s designated parking/picnic area and trailhead. Bathrooms, picnic tables and benches are located at the trailhead. There are occasional benches at view spots on the Cave Loop Trail.

The hike may be broken up into three segments. All trails are marked and developed.

The Cave Loop Trail is an easy 1.7 miles total, relatively flat through the scrub in the valley floor. There are lots of views of the rocks and cliff faces from the bottom up. This trail can be hiked in 30 to 45 minutes, depending on number and duration of photographic and view stops.

The Slot Canyon Trail, and up and back, leaves the Cave Loop Trail about .5 miles from the parking lot. It extends another 1.2 miles to the premier view spot on the top of the ridge.  This trail extends about .5 mile through the Slot Canyon itself, a beautiful example of the capability of water to sculpt a path through the volcanic deposits. The Slot Canyon portion of the hike is of just moderate difficulty because there are two or three locations that require bracing against the walls of the canyon to get through. This portion of the trail can be hiked in 45 minutes to an hour, up and back, again depending on how much viewing and photography is done.

The balance of the hike beyond the Slot Canyon is about .6 miles of more strenuous gain in altitude, about 630 feet over a relatively short distance, to the ridge above the canyon for fantastic views of the tent rocks and the horizon from Santa Fe Baldy, through the Jemez ridge and Sandias. This part of the hike is a bit more difficult due to the rate of climb and two or three locations where some leg strength and flexibility is required. There is a promontory located at the end of a ridge walk that is easily accessible, but may not be wise for those who suffer vertigo to venture. The path to the promontory view point is good, the ridge width is 15 to 20 feet in most places, but it is a long way down. This portion of the hike is probably going to take 1 to  1 ½ hours or more up and back, mostly dependent on how much resting, viewing, photography and self-congratulating is done along the way. Most people who make it to the ridge seem to want to stay a few minutes and enjoy the view.

The total hike from the parking lot through the Slot Canyon Trail to the ridge and back, then around the Cave Loop Trail is 3.7 miles or about 3 ½ hours with stops.

 

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Sierra Club Outings for November and December 2017

SC outings, Nov and Dec 2017

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.

Saturday, November 4, 3 Gun Springs Trail, Cibola NF, 8:30AM start. See a healthy shrub/grassland at the southern end of the Sandias and investigate a spring. Trail begins at 3 Gun Spring trail, hike 4 miles round trip, elevation gain 900 feet, 2 to 3 hours. To get there: Go I40 east; exit 170 Carnuel; go east on Highway 333 for 1.8 miles; turn north at the Monticello sign and then head east. Follow trail signs. For carpooling, meet at Smiths at Tramway and Central, southwest corner, at 8:10 AM. Hikers should be in good shape. Families and dogs welcome. Dogs must be on a leash when crossing Albuquerque Open Space. Bring water, sunscreen, sunglasses, hat and windbreaker. Contact Brian Hanson 505-235-0427

Sunday, November 5, Cibola National Forest, easy 5 miles loop. Meet at 09:00 a.m. in the Smith Parking lot close to the intersection of Tramway Blvd 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).

4th of July Canyon Hike – October 17, 2017

Tom Dorr led the hike with 5 other hikers. This is one of the hikes that the group takes this time of year and is a favorite for many hikers. The trails here are usually very busy this time of year specially on weekends. The color on the maples (Bigtooth Maple) this year was good but lots of leaves had already fallen. The day was cool and clear.  Great hiking weather, not to warm. We took the 4th of July Trail to its end and then on to the base of Mosca Peek. We returned the same route.

Photos provided by Scott Lake.

 

Upcoming Special Hike – 4th of July Loop Hike – October 17th

Fall Color along the Trail

Hello UU hikers and friends,

Tom Dorr will lead a fairly strenuous hike on Tues, Oct 17 on the Albuquerque Trail – 4th of July Loop, about 5 miles in the Manzano Mts. Minimum elevation is 7,425′. Elevation gain 835′.  Wear hat, long sleeves, long pants, hiking shoes or boots and dress for the weather in layers as the temperature at the top will be cooler.  There are restrooms, no water at the Fourth of July Campground.  This is a good fall foliage hike for maples in early October – probably most of color will be gone or faded on Oct 17.  There are beautiful views at the top near Mosca Peak.
http://www.summitpost.org/manzano-mountains/347496

MNFP – Make no afternoon plans.  This is an all day hike.  Meet in the First U south parking lot near ARC at 9 am on Tues, Oct 17 to arrange carpooling.  If you live on the east side of the Sandias, group will meet you at the Sandia Ranger Station in Tijeras about 9:35 am.  The drive from the church takes about an hour and 1/2, 54 miles one way via NM 337 south in Tijeras to NM 55 to FR 55.

Pack lunch,  snacks, 2 quarts of water, your own personal first aid kit, a small plastic bag for packing out tissues, rain poncho.  Hiking poles are recommended.  Optional: camera, binoculars, sunscreen, book/s to identify flowers, trees.  No dogs.

Please RSVP, only if yes, by Sun, Oct 15.  Let me know if you will be meeting the group at the Sandia Ranger Station.  Phone Tom Dorr 459-5737 c if you have questions.  Thanks.

Kathleen Rhoad 505 225-9747 c

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).

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