Corrales Bosque Hike – November 10, 2018

It was a beautiful fall day as we set out for a short hike and then lunch (for some) at the Village Pizza. Along the way we got some good views of the Sandia Mountains across the Rio Grande. We spotted cranes on the wing and in an orchard near our return point. Unfortunately the cranes were to far away for pictures.


Corrales Bosque Hike – November 10th

Walking Along The Rio Grande

Walking Along The Rio Grande

Hello First U hikers and friends,

On Sat, November 10, Scott Lake will lead a 2 to 3 hour hike in the Corrales Bosque. This will be a fairly leisurely walk in the woods. The hike has views of the river and Sandia Mountains. Dogs are welcome.

Please meet in the parking lot of the shopping center (Center Las Tiendas de Corrales Center) on the NE corner of Alameda Blvd and Corrales Rd promptly at 10:00 am to arrange carpooling. If you are coming from the east, this is a short distance west of the Rio Grande River – just before the traffic light at Corrales Rd. Turn right into the parking lot when you see Little Anita’s (and Kirtland Fed Credit Union). If you miss this turn, take an immediate right on Corrales Rd and you can take an immediate right turn into the shopping center. We are meeting here to carpool since we will access the Corrales Bosque from the end of East Ella, 2.4 miles from the intersection of Alameda and Corrales Rd. There is limited parking at the dead end of East Ella.

Dress for the weather, bring water, snacks, your own personal first aid kit, a small plastic bag to pack out trash and wear hiking shoes or boots.

Lunch at Village Pizza afterward is an option.

Please RSVP only if you will be participating by Thurs, Nov 8.  Thanks.

Kathleen Rhoad 225-9747

4th of July Canyon Loop Hike – October 13th

Mosca Peak

Mosca Peak

Hello UU hikers and friends,

Tom Dorr and Gary Donnermeyer will lead a hike on Sat, Oct 13 on the 4th of July Loop, about 5 miles in the Manzano Mountains. 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 but probably most of color will be gone or faded.  There are beautiful views at the top.

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 Sat, Oct 13 to arrange carpooling.   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 Thurs, Oct 11.   Phone Tom Dorr 459-5737 c if you have questions.  Thanks.

Kathleen Rhoad 505 225-9747 c

Sevilleta NWR Fall Programs

Geology of Cibola Canyon
Friday, October 12
9 am – 3 pm

Take part in this program exploring the awe-inspiring geology of Cibola Canyon located in Sevilleta National Wildlife Refuge. Learn some remarkable facts about the geology of the area while taking in some amazing scenery. Grab your hiking boots for some short hikes over uneven terrain. Pack your lunch and your camera! Space is limited.

Full moon photography
Wednesday, October 24
2 – 8 pm

Join Refuge staff and naturalist for this opportunity to explore Sevilleta NWR under the Full Harvest Moon! Any level of photography is welcome, program will be hiking based. Hiking will be over uneven terrain, dress for the weather.  No reservations required

Fall Family Fair
Saturday, November 3
1 – 4 pm

Join us for our activities and the awards ceremony for Drawn to Sevilleta! More info coming soon!

Hike back in time
Saturday, November 10
10 am – 3 pm

Join Refuge staff and Naturalist in this hike back in time and take in some fascinating views! Learn some fascinating facts about the people who once inhabited the area and what they left behind. Hiking will be arduous and over uneven surfaces. Space is limited, reservations required!

Geology of San Lorenzo Canyon
Friday, December 7
9 am – 2 pm

Join Refuge staff and naturalist for this Geologic exploration of San Lorenzo Canyon! Learn about the forces that shaped this landscape! Grab your hiking boots for some short hikes over uneven terrain. Pack your lunch, lace up your boots and don’t forget your camera! Same is limited.


Jeannine Kimble
Visitor Services Manager
Sevilleta National Wildlife Refuge
505/864-4021 X 26106
P.O. Box 1248
Socorro, NM 87801

“Allow nature’s peace to flow into you as sunshine flows into trees.” John Muir

John Muir

Ellis Survey Loop Trail – September 29th

Hello UU hikers and friends, On Sat, Sept 29, 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 about 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 9:45 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 27. 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