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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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, email@example.com, 505-795-0199 near event time.
Saturday, October 7, advanced-moderate hike to the Chama Headwaters; 2,500 feet elevation gain, 8-12 miles; Mark Dunham firstname.lastname@example.org 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, email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.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, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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, email@example.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, firstname.lastname@example.org, 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, email@example.com or 505-795-0199.
Thursday, October 26, recurring Thursday hike, see Oct 5 description.
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, firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 email@example.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, firstname.lastname@example.org, (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 email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 505-795-0199
Thursday, November 30, program for Thursdays in Winter (see November 16 description).
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, email@example.com by 30 Nov.
Saturday, December 2, easy hike around White Rock, 6.5 miles to petroglyphs, lava tube, views, Alan Shapiro firstname.lastname@example.org 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)
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).