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.

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.