April-May-June 2014 hikes and other outings

Bisti Wilderness © David Van Winkle

Outing sign-up is by contact with leader. To go you’ll need to sign a waiver that the leader will provide. Dogs only allowed as noted. Trips are normally FREE (pay when carpooling) and open to non-members (spread the word!), though we do like it if you join the Club to increase our local and national clout.

There are many, many outings, click headline above or "Read More" below to see them!

April

Friday, April 4: Join our Friday morning event trial! Easy/moderate hike on nearby trail (Borrego or similar). One or two dogs OK. Meet at Fort Marcy tennis courts at 8:30 a.m., call to confirm. Robert Reifel, (505) 690-6109

Saturday, April 5: Moderate hike to Cerro Grande near Valles Caldera, 4 miles and 1,300-foot gain. Les Drapela, (505) 438-3306

Saturday, April 5: Santa Fe River Cleanup. Meet at Closson Street Footbridge by 9 a.m., finish by 11 a.m. Bring work gloves, rubber boots helpful if recent rains. Leader will supply trash bags. Call if attending. Kathleen Davis, (505) 795-3286 or kdav40@gmail.com

Sunday, April 6: Moderate hike to Tetilla Peak via La Bajada, 11 miles and 1,700-foot gain. Daisy Levine, (505) 466-8338

April 5-7: Rafael Schuller and Bill Phillips Memorial Gila Hike/Backpack, Place: Gila Wilderness, Gila National Forest, Class: Moderate, Length: approximately 4 miles each way, Elevation gain: about 300 feet. Leader: Laurence Gibson, laurenceagibson@gmail.com. We will leave El Paso Saturday after lunch for the approximately five-hour drive to the Gila Cliff Dwellings area, where we will carcamp for the evening. Sunday morning we will hit the trail for Little Creek, a favorite stomping ground of our wonderful departed Rafaela Schuller and our stalwart Sierran leader Bill Phillips, who was memorialized there after his death. We will search for his tree and leave a bit of Rafaela behind in one of her favorite haunts.

Saturday, April 12: Strenuous hike down to Ancho Rapids from the trailhead on Route 4. Then hike along the Rio Grande, through White Rock Canyon, to Frijoles Canyon and up to the Lower Falls. Return same way. Off-trail portion with some scrambling. About 13 miles, 2,400-foot gain, 74 miles round trip from Santa Fe. Note that most of the elevation gain on this route occurs at the end of the hike. Participants must each bring a working headlamp with extra batteries. Poles highly recommended. Aku, (505) 577-2594.

Saturday, Apr. 12: Full Moderate-strenuous hike to Placer Peak, sponsored by Santa Fe Botanical Garden. About 6-7 miles, steep and at times narrow trail, 800-foot gain. No dogs. Donation of $5. Three high-clearance, 4-wheel-drive vehicles needed for rocky access to trailhead. Dag Ryen (505) 466-4063, dryen@heliconwest.com Limit of 12 has been reached.

Sunday, April 13: Moderate hike with a short shuttle along the Burn, Saddleback, and Chamisa trails. About four miles and 1,400-foot gain. Short but steep close-in hike. Alan Shapiro, (505) 424-9242, nm5s@yahoo.com

Sunday, April 13: Strenuous hike, either offtrail Rincon ridge loop or La Luz trail in the Sandias, up to 14 miles and 4,200-foot gain, limit of 10, two or three dogs OK. Tobin Oruch, (505) 690-6253 Tobin.oruch@yahoo.com

Dates: April 19-21: Chiricahua Carcamp w/Dayhikes Recap. Place: Sunny Flats Campground, Coronado National Forest, Class: Easy. Leader: Laurence Gibson, laurenceagibson@gmail.com It’s still a bit early for birders, but we had a blast here in March. We will leave El Paso Saturday after lunch, heading out the Columbus Highway directly toward the Chiricahuas. This is a flood-prone area so an alternate route out I-10 might be necessary.

Saturday, April 19: Visit the petroglyphs in Broad and Valles Canyon, a part of proposed Organ Mountains/Desert Peaks National Monument. Call Margot at 575-744-5860.

Saturday, April 19: Moderate hike up Palomas Peak located just north of Sandia Crest. About four miles but some steep sections. Excellent views and likely see some rock climbers on this popular spot. Alan Shapiro, (505) 424-9242, nm5s@yahoo.com.

Saturday, April 19: Moderately strenuous hike to Spirit Lake. Starting at the Ski Basin, we’ll take the Winsor trail (No. 254) to Spirit Lake. About 12-13 miles and 2,200-foot elevation gain. Two or three dogs OK. Larry, lorenz.hughes@gmail.com, (505) 913-0589

Sunday, April 20: Easy early morning Easter hike in Galisteo Basin Preserve, 6-7 miles, 400-500-foot gain. Limit 12, dogs OK. Dag Ryen (505) 466-4063.

Saturday, April 26: La Jencia conservation ranch, walk the beautiful perennial La Jencia creek located between Socorro and Magdalena. See riparian restoration and look for migrating birds. Easy walk of around 4 miles. Wear shoes that can get wet and bring sunscreen, binoculars, camera, lunch, and water. Space is limited. Call Mary Katherine Ray for details. 575-772-5655

Saturday April 26: Moderate/strenuous ramble to Rabbit Mountain in the Jemez via “scenic” route, 9-10 miles of mostly off-trail hiking with approximately 1,400-foot elevation gain. Michael Di Rosa, (505) 667-0095, 231-9629, mddbbm@gmail.com

Sunday, April 27: Strenuous hike to Nambe Lake with offtrail scramble to Lake Peak (12,409). Return via Deception and ski runs. About 7 miles with 3,100-foot elevation gain. Royal Drews, (505) 699-8713

May

Saturday, May 3: Moderate hike to unnamed peak 5 miles west of Santa Fe Baldy. About six miles, all along trail to get this sweet view of Baldy. About 6 miles with about 1,200 feet of elevation gain. Alan Shapiro, (505) 424-9242, nm5s@yahoo.com

Sunday, May 4: Moderate hike on the Rim Vista/Salazar trails north of Abiquiú, great views; 9 miles, 1,700 feet. Car shuttle. Alan Shapiro, 424-9242 nm5s@yahoo.com (leading for Daisy)

New Date: Sunday, May 4: Moderate hike to Otowi Mesa near Los Alamos. About 5-6 miles and 500-foot elevation gain mostly along a mesa ridge line with 360 degree views. Some rock scrambling. No dogs. Michael Goldey, (505) 820-7302 (rescheduled from 4/27)

Friday, May 9: Join our Friday morning event trial! Easy/moderate hike on nearby trail (Borrego or similar). One or two dogs OK. Meet at Fort Marcy tennis courts at 8:30 a.m., call to confirm. Robert Reifel, (505) 690-6109.

Friday-Sunday May 9-11: Explore some of the special Badlands areas near Farmington with BLM's paleontologist Sherrie Landon, including Crow Mesa & Ah-shi-sle-pah Wilderness Study Area, several other little known BLM sites noted for their paleontological, wildlife and/or geological values, and a Chaco outlier or two. Leave Friday morning, return Sunday afternoon, likely car camp at Angel Peak Camp Ground, off Highway 550. Norma McCallan (505) 471-0005, nmccallan@mindspring.com.

Saturday, May 10: Hike to Aden Crater south of Las Cruces. It will be an easy hike in the proposed Aden Lava Flow Wilderness. Call Howie Dash at 575-652-7550 or e-mail at howiedash@aol.com.

Saturday May 10: Hike around El Cabezon. Carpool at 9 a.m. in Albuquerque. We’ll drive on U.S. 550 then on small roads, some not good, to the base of Cabezon. We climb to the base of the steep volcanic plug, then around it. We will not climb on top of the Cabezon plug. Four to 6 miles, no real difficulty except that the route at times requires stepping from boulder to boulder. Odile de La Beaujardiere, odile.dlb@outlook.com, (505) 433-4692.

Saturday May 10: Postponed until Fall: Easy hike along old Chile Line trackway at the foot of Buckman Road. See the beautiful restoration project at this once-trashed area and enjoy walking next to the Rio Grande where the steam engines once puffed on their way north. About 4 miles. Norma McCallan, (505) 471-0005.

Saturday, May 10: Changed: Strenuous hike, up Agua Sarco to North Sandia Peak and return on North Sandia Crest Trail (Placitas area "Tunnel Spring" hike in the SC book). About 14 miles and 4,000-foot gain, a little offtrail. One or two dogs OK. Tobin Oruch, (505) 690-6253 Tobin.oruch@yahoo.com

Sunday, May 11: Easy/moderate hike in the Ojito Wilderness west of Bernalillo. About 5 miles total, fairly level but all offtrail. Beautiful hoodoos and views. Meeting at Starbucks at Cerrillos/Zafarano (near Target). Cinny Green, (505) 699-4747, cinny@cinnygreen.com

Sunday, May 11: Moderate hike in the high country, maybe La Vega, up to 7 miles and 1,200-foot gain. Possible morel hunting. Art Judd, (505) 982-3212

Saturday, May 17: ADDED: Strenuous loop hike to Stewart Lake in the Pecos Valley on Winsor Ridge and old Winsor trails, 11 miles, 2,300' gain, 1-2 dogs total. Tobin Oruch, 690-6253, Tobin.oruch@yahoo.com

Saturday, May 17: Cancelled: Strenuous hike along streams and meadows in the Grass Mountain/Rio Mora area of the Pecos Wilderness, about 12 miles and 2,500-foot gain one way with car shuttle. Michael Di Rosa.

Saturday, May 17: Santa Fe River Cleanup. Meet at Closson Street Footbridge by 9 a.m., finish by 11 a.m. Bring work gloves, rubber boots helpful if recent rains. Leader will supply trash bags. Call if attending. Welcome new leader Rose Allen, 503-961-2242 or email roseallenpromo at gmail.com

Sunday, May 18: Strenuous hike up beautiful Santa Barbara valley. Wildflowers should be plentiful. About 12 miles, 1,160-foot gain. One or two dogs OK. Dag Ryen (505) 466-4063.

Saturday, May 24: Strenuous hike up the Winsor and down Rio En Medio. Starting at the trailhead off Bishop’s Lodge Road, we will hike up the Winsor trail (#254) to the ski basin and then return via Rio En Medio trail (#163). About 18 miles and 3,300-foot elevation gain. Two or three dogs OK. Larry, lorenz.hughes@gmail.com, (505) 913-0589.

Postponed: Saturday-Monday, May 24-26: This trip is being postponed because Pecos Baldy Lake is still frozen, there is still too much snow on the peaks above 12,000 feet, and a front is due to arrive this weekend. South Truchas Peak Backpack. About 24 miles and 6,000 feet of elevation gain, 102-mile round trip from Santa Fe. Backpack from Jack’s Creek trailhead to Pecos Baldy Lake on Saturday. Camp at the lake Saturday and Sunday nights. Hike to South Truchas Peak, elevation 13,102 feet, Sunday and then return to camp. Pack out on Monday. Leader has not climbed to summit of Truchas Peak, so this will be partly exploratory. Participants must have backpacking experience. Aku, (505) 577-2594

Sunday, May 25: Changed: Strenuous hike to Santa Fe Baldy, 14 miles with 3,600-foot gain. Bring gaitors, traction aids if you have them, and snowshoes if you want to avoid any chance of post-holing. Royal Drews, (505) 699-8713

Monday, May 26: Memorial Day moderate hike, maybe up Atalaya (6-7 miles, 1,800-foot gain, dogs OK). Early start. Marcia Skillman, (505) 699-3008, marciaskillman@hotmail.com

Saturday, May 31: Changed again: Strenuous hike, Trampas Lakes with possible offtrail return over steep ridge and past San Leonardo lakes, so up to 14 miles and 3,000-foot gain. VERY pretty area. One or two dogs OK. Tobin Oruch, (505) 690-6253 Tobin.oruch@yahoo.com

June

Sunday, June 1: Changed: Canjillon Mountain loop. About 7 mile loop has an easy summit, wonderful escarpment views, and huge meadows like San Pedro Parks. About 1,000 foot elevation gain. Alan Shapiro (505) 424-9242, nm5s@yahoo.com (replacement for Daisy's)

Sunday, June 1: Rescheduled from May 24: Strenuous hike up the Winsor and down Rio En Medio. Starting at the trailhead off Bishop’s Lodge Road, we will hike up the Winsor trail (#254) to the ski basin and then return via Rio En Medio trail (#163). About 18 miles and 3,300-foot elevation gain. Two or three dogs OK. Larry, (505) 913-0589,

Saturday, June 7: Easy/moderate Hike to East Fork of the Jemez – one trailhead, two hikes, about 6 miles and less than 1,000 feet of elevation gain. We’ll park at the second East Fork trailhead on Route 4 and hike east 1 1/2 miles to the East Fork Box for some exploration of the canyon. Then back to the trailhead and west 1 1/4 mile to Jemez Falls, the highest falls in the Jemez, for more exploration. Mostly wooded, rolling trails, short wade in river (sandals, small towel for that part). Lisa Bowdey, (505) 699-2953

Saturday, June 7: Strenuous four peaks hike from the Aspen Vista parking. Up Alamos Vista trail through Carl’s Meadow to Tesuque Peak, continue on to Deception, Lake, and Penitente. Return via Puerto Nambe and the Winsor trail. About 14 miles and 3,300-foot elevation gain. Two or three dogs OK. Larry, lorenz.hughes@gmail.com, (505) 913-0589.

Sunday, June 8: Moderate to strenuous hike up Mount Taylor. Short distance but steep grades. About 6.5 miles, 2,100-foot gain. Early start, long drive. One or two dogs OK. Dag Ryen (505) 466-4063.
Sunday, June 8: Moderate hike in the Columbine Hondo Wilderness Study area, now in Congress to be designated as Wilderness. Join local activist Peggy Nelson for a moderate hike up Long Canyon, with lunch just above tree line. Summer flowers should be out! 7.5 miles roundtrip, trail fairly gentle. Norma McCallan (505) 471-0005. Northern Group

Saturday, June 14: Very Strenuous hike to South Truchas Peak on the (nearly) Summer Solstice. Up to 16 miles with a net climb of 4,000-plus feet, mostly off trail with scree scrambling. Expect a loooong but worthwhile day. Michael Di Rosa, (505) 667-0095, 231-9629, mddbbm@gmail.com

Sunday, June 15: Strenuous hike on Latir Wilderness loop near Questa. About 14 miles and 4,000-foot gain with some offtrail on peaks. One or two dogs OK. Tobin Oruch, (505) 690-6253 Tobin.oruch@yahoo.com

Saturday, June 21: Celebrate June Solstice with a hike to the TWA crash site below the Tram in the Sandias. Meet at Elena Gallegos or carpool at 8:30 a.m. at the Albertsson Parking lot at Academy and Tramway. Strenuous hike, with a small rock to climb just before the crash site. Contact Odile de La Beaujardiere, odile.dlb@outlook.com, and call 505 433 4692.

Saturday, June 21: Very Strenuous Solstice hike on the entire Sandia Crest Trail from I-40 to Placitas, including South Sandia Peak (9,702 feet) Sandia Crest (10,678 feet). Total of 26 miles, 4,000 foot gain, but lots of daylight. Limit of 10. One or two dogs OK. Tobin Oruch, (505) 690-6253 Tobin.oruch@yahoo.com

Saturday, June 21: Santa Fe River Cleanup. Meet at Closson Street Footbridge by 9 a.m., finish by 11 a.m. Bring work gloves, rubber boots helpful if recent rains. Leader will supply trash bags. Call if attending. Kathleen Davis (505) 795-3286 or kdav40@gmail.com

Sunday, June 22: Changed: Moderate to strenuous hike to Santa Barbara West Fork, 11 miles RT; 1,100 foot gain. Wildflowers and lush scenery. Rochelle Gerratt, (505) 795-3254.

Friday-Sunday June 27-29: North Truchas Peak Backpack. Backpack 6 miles along the west fork of the Rio Santa Barbara to campsite. Hike to the summit of North Truchas Peak as a day hike. Possible loop to Truchas Lakes. Hike out on the 29th. Participants must have backpacking experience. Aku, (505) 577-2594

Cancelled: Saturday, June 28: Strenuous hike, maybe Jicarita Peak with Serpent Lake (far northern Pecos Wilderness). About 13 miles and 3,000-foot gain. Two or three dogs OK. Tobin Oruch, (505) 690-6253 Tobin.oruch@yahoo.com

Sunday, June 29: Strenuous hike to Gold Hill (12,711). Long Canyon approach (Trail 63), descent via Bull of the Woods via Trail 64. About 10 miles with 3,411 foot gain. Long day with early start or camp/motel Taos. Royal Drews, (505) 699-8713.

July look ahead

Sat-Mon, July 5 ,6 ,7: Backpack trip to Redcloud at 14,034 feet and Sunshine 14,001 feet. Hike in and camp at 11,600 feet at top of Silver Creek. Gain 4,800 feet with a round trip of 12.25 miles. Royal Drews 699-8713

Sun, July 6: Moderate hike to Nambe Lake at a casual pace. 7 miles and 2,100 feet. Marcia Skillman 699-3008.