Canyon Trail, Bosque del Apache – February 10, 2018

On February 10 we had a wonderful day at Bosque del Apache with a small group of UU hikers: Kathleen Rhoad, leader, Ken Callahan, Virginia Burris, Amy Carpenter, Phyllis Bergman and Gary Donnermeyer.  We drove through the refuge and saw 2 Bald Eagles, 2 Kestrels, hundreds of Sandhill Cranes and Snow Geese, Pin-tail ducks, Coots, Wild Turkeys. Plus a Mule Deer, a buck.
We hiked the 2.2 mile Canyon National Recreation Trail which starts in Solitude Canyon and climbs to a mesa top with an excellent refuge-encompassed vista.  There is a guide at the trailhead that corresponds to 24 numbered posts along the way.  It describes arroyos, Four-wing Saltbush, “Game trails”, etc and of special interest to us, a canyon wall of holes made by mining bees, Macrotera opuntiae.  The tunnels go about 4″ into the rock and several entrances can connect into a network of tunnels with larger chambers, visible when the wall sloughs away.  The bees are believed to gather pollen exclusively from prickly pear blossoms.

The hour and a half hike had perfect light just before sunset.   This is one of the most interesting and scenic trails we have hiked.

Finally, we drove to a small lake on our way out of the refuge on time to see some Sandhill Cranes flying in about 5:45 pm.

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Upcoming Hike – Canyon Trail, Bosque del Apache – February 10th

Hello UU hikers and friends.

On Sat, Feb 10 Kathleen Rhoad will lead a hike on the Canyon Trail in Bosque del Apache (https://www.fws.gov/refuge/bosque_del_apache/).  The refuge is 90 miles from the church down I-25 and is about a 90 minute drive.  As usual, dress for the weather including hiking shoes or boots, hat; bring water, snacks, personal First Aid kit, small plastic bag for packing out trash, binoculars, camera.  There are lots of birds in the refuge.  No dogs.

Canyon National Recreation Trail 
(2.2 miles)

This trail takes visitors through native Chihuahuan desert and into Solitude Canyon, a deep ravine carved into sandstone by flash floods over the ages. Scenic vistas of the canyon and the refuge are favorite photo opportunities. The abundance of burrows, holes, nests, and middens gives evidence to the snakes, lizards, birds, bats, rabbits, kangaroo rats, and other desert wildlife that are active along the trail, especially in the cooler morning and evening hours. This trail loops through the southern edge of the Indian Well Wilderness Unit.

Meet at the South Parking lot of First Unitarian near ARC at 10:45 am.  Bring your lunch or eat an early lunch at home.  We are starting later than usual so we can stay in the refuge to see the Sandhill Cranes fly in at dusk.  The refuge reports that the Sandhill Cranes are there until Feb 14.  We’ll get to the observation deck at the pond about 4:30 pm and watch the cranes for an hour or so. When we first arrive at the refuge we’ll go into the Visitor’s Center and take a drive through the refuge to see birds. Then we’ll hike the Canyon Trail, an easy hike lasting about 90 minutes.

Optional supper enroute home at the the Owl Bar and Cafe in San Antonio San Antonio Owl.

Please RSVP with your cell phone # by Thurs, Feb 8 only if you will be participating.  Phone or email if you have questions.

Thanks.  Kathleen Rhoad 225-9747 c

Valle de Oro NWR – January 13, 2018

Hello all,

We had a big group of 18 for the Valle de Oro hike.  For most it was their first visit to this relatively new wildlife refuge in the South Valley. Tom Dorr was the leader and the hike started in the bosque with a good look at the Rio Grande.  Then we walked on the road by the levee.  We saw many, many Canada Geese, Sandhill Cranes, a Flicker, Kestrel, a Great Blue Heron and a Bald Eagle soaring above us. Tom really liked seeing an eagle again as he had seen one a few days earlier.

The participants were: Linda Morey and son, Ian, Sally Vance, Jonathan Stein, Priscilla Remke, Judy Bentley, Mick Porter & Jodell Bullock, Sue Spaven, Pam Bliss, Dawn Leach, Kathy Kwait, Neal MacDonald, Camilla Haneberg, Nancy Bowen, Kathleen Rhoad, Carolyn Riggs and Tom Dorr.

FYI:  The refuge has “Breakfast & Birding” the third Sat of the month at 7:30 am.  Friends of the refuge provide breakfast.  No RSVP’s required.  Just show up.

Kathleen Rhoad

Upcoming Hike – Valle de Oro NWR – January 13th

 

Hello UU hikers and friends,

On Sat, Jan 13 Tom Dorr will lead a hike in Valle de Oro National Wildlife Refuge

Home – Valle de Oro – U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

in the South Valley. Valle de Oro was formerly a dairy farm and there are wide open fields and access to the Bosque and Rio Grande River. It’s a pretty good area for birding. Meet at the church in the south parking lot near ARC to arrange carpooling at 10 am.  Wear hiking shoes or boots, a hat, dress for the weather, bring your own personal first aid kit and a small plastic bag to pack out trash.  Hiking pole/s, binoculars, camera optional. The hike will last about 2 hours.

The hike will be followed by optional lunch at Barelas Coffee Shop on 4th Street for our annual planning meeting.  Bring your ideas for hike destinations.  If you cannot participate on Jan 13, please email me your ideas for 2018 hikes.

Please RSVP by Thurs, Jan 11 only if you will be participating.  Thanks.  Happy New Year!

Kathleen Rhoad 505 225-9747

Sierra Club Outings Schedule, Jan to March 2018

December 2017 Holiday season: Terry Owen volunteers to lead hikes for families, friends and visitors to the area. He writes: “With the holidays coming up, people coming into town and looking for things to do. He writes: I could offer or be available to lead hikes for friends & families. It would be sort of a “you design your own outing” offering. They’d just need to contact me a couple of days in advance. I could take their information, what kind of outing they’re looking for; their level of fitness; desert of mountains; and do a 2-6 hour outing with them.” Please contact: Terrence Owen <teowen@q.com> if interested.

NM Sierra Club outings, Jan, Feb, Mar 2018.

Saturday, January 6, moderate hike to Buckman Mesa and Otowi Peak, 5 miles with 1,100 feet of elevation gain. Alan Shapiro, nm5s@yahoo.comSunday.

Saturday, January 13, moderate/Strenuous snowshoe outing to La Vega, 9 miles and 1300 feet elevation gain. Two or three dogs OK. Larry, lorenz.hughes@gmail.com 505 983 8296.

Saturday, January 13, introductory Snowshoe Hike, with The Sierra Club Military Outdoors Program and Kirtland Air Force Base Outdoor Recreation teaming up. All are welcome to join. Techniques to help safely traverse in an alpine environment will be covered, while exploring the beautiful Sandia Mountains. Two-hour long easy outing (approximately 2.25 miles round trip with 150 feet of elevation gain) starts at the Sandia Crest parking lot and proceeds along the crest trail with several stops to enjoy stunning views. Meet at 9:45 a.m. at the upper Sandia Crest parking lot near the antennas (located at the terminus of NM route 536, ‘Sandia Crest Scenic Highway’). Contact Terry Owen, 505-301-4349, teowen@q.com by January 10th to RSVP, obtain details and the recommended gear list.

Sunday, Jan 14, moderate 8.4 miles White Mesa Loop. Meet 9:30 a.m. at the intersection of Paseo del Norte and I-25, on the North side of the Target Parking lot. Two dogs on leash OK. End with optional potluck at Odile and Jim’s house. Contact Odile by Jan 13, 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.

Saturday, February 3, strenuous snowshoe outing to Deception Peak, 6 miles and 2500 ft. elevation gain. Two or three dogs OK. Larry, lorenz.hughes@gmail.com 505 983 8296.

Saturday, February 3, easy hike to the Tesuque Creek along the Burn trail, 3 miles. Alan Shapiro, nm5s@yahoo.com.

Sunday, February 4, (Superbowl). Easy morning hike up the close by Sun Mountain, just 2 miles, but with 730 feet of elevation to gain. Alan Shapiro, nm5s@yahoo.com.

Sunday, February 4, easy loop on the North side of NM 333. Meet at 10 a.m. at the Juan Tabo trail-head of NM 333, or at 09:45 a.m. on the south side of the Albertson parking lot on Academy road close to the intersection of Tramway Blvd. and Academy road. End with optional potluck at Odile and Jim’s house. Contact Odile by Feb 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.

Saturday, February 10, introductory Cross-Country Ski Outing, with The Sierra Club Military Outdoors Program and Kirtland Air Force Base Outdoor Recreation teaming up. All are welcome to join. Techniques to help safely traverse in an alpine environment and new skills will be presented in a welcoming and fun environment. Two-hour long easy outing (approximately 2.5 miles round trip with
150 feet of elevation gain) starts at the Ellis trailhead parking lot and proceeds to the crest trail with several stops to enjoy views all the way to the continental divide. Meet at 9:00 a.m. at the Ellis Trailhead parking lot located on NM route 536 (Sandia Crest Scenic Highway). Contact Terry Owen, 505-301-4349, teowen@q.com by February 7 to RSVP, and obtain details as well as the recommended gear list.

Sunday, February 11, easy 3-mile hike to Deer Trap Mesa in Los Alamos. Alan Shapiro, nm5s@yahoo.com.

Saturday, February 17, moderate Cross-country ski outing, about 4-5 miles, location depending on conditions. Alan Shapiro, nm5s@yahoo.com.

Saturday, February 24, strenuous snowshoe outing to Spirit Lake, 12 miles and 2200-foot elevation gain. Two or three dogs OK. Larry, lorenz.hughes@gmail.com 505 983 8296

Sunday, February 25, moderate cross-country ski outing, about 4-5 miles, location depending on conditions. Alan Shapiro, nm5s@yahoo.com.

Sunday, March 4, tour the Organ Mountains Desert Peaks National Monument, Baylor Pass. We will hike the Baylor Canyon Trail from Baylor Canyon Road to Baylor Pass. If opportunity allows, we will hike through to Aguirre Springs, otherwise we will return to start. Baylor Pass provides the only hiking route that traverses the Organ Mountains. The pass is between Rabbit Ears to the south and Baylor Peak to the north. Hike will be approximately seven miles and 1600 feet of vertical elevation gain. Call Howie Dash for meeting time and place: 575-652-7550 or howiedash@aol.com.

Saturday, March 10, moderate cross-country ski outing, about 4-5 miles, location depending on conditions. Alan Shapiro,  nm5s@yahoo.com.

Saturday, March 17, strenuous snowshoe outing to Penitente Peak, 13 miles and 3100 feet elevation gain. Two or three dogs OK. Larry, lorenz.hughes@gmail.com 505 983 8296.

Sunday, March 18, moderate hike to Tor and the Blowhole, in the Caja Del Rio. About 6 miles, 1,000-foot elevation gain, some on-trail, some off-trail. Limit of 8 hikers. High clearance vehicles needed; wet roads cancel hike. Daisy Levine, tiadora1@gmail.com.

Saturday March 24, Cienega Trail hike, sponsored by the Sierra Club Military Outdoors Program and everyone is welcome. Moderate difficulty, with 1,800 vertical feet of elevation gain and 4.5 miles round trip in approximately 5 hours. Meet 9:00 a.m. at the Sandia Crest trailhead. Proceed to where you can admire views and enjoy the serenity of the Cibola Wilderness area. Contact Terry Owen, 505-301-
4349, teowen@q.com by March 22 to RSVP and obtain details as well as the recommended gear list.

Sunday, March 25, moderate (about 3.5miles) hike going south on Faulty trail. Start from Cole-spring trail-head on NM route 299, east of Cañoncito. We will leave transportation at the other end: the “Canyon Estate Tijeras Subdivision”. Meet 12:30 p.m. at the Smith Parking lot at the intersection of Central and Tramway. End with optional potluck at Odile and Jim’s house. Contact Odile by March 24, 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. Three dogs on leash OK.

Upcoming Hike – Corrales Bosque – December 9th

View of the Rio Grande

View of the Rio Grande

Hello First U hikers and friends,

On Sat, December 9th 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, Dec 9.  Thanks.

Kathleen Rhoad 225-9747