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Educational Hike on the Piedra Lisa Trail with Veteran NMVFO leader

Educational Hike on the Piedra Lisa Trail, A NMVFO Maintained Trail; Hike Out and Back 4 Miles with Trail Builder Veteran Bill Velasquez

Join us for a hike up Piedra Lisa and on to the Rincon Ridge spur trail where we will take a break at an area with great views.  This trail receives annual maintenance courtesy of NMVFO and is steeped in local history and lore.  We will hike at a good pace to stay warm yet enjoy the surroundings and talk a little about what you are seeing.  This trail is hikeable all year and this hike will happen regardless of weather.   However, you should be prepared for any conditions including snow and cold.  The pace and distance may be adjusted depending on snow and ice.


This trail climbs 1,200' in two miles with most of that happening in the last mile, so please be comfortable with that before you sign up because this hike is limited to 10 people  You need to bring water and snacks.   We will meet at the Starbucks on Academy and Tramway.  Park in the lot that is in the far SE corner to leave space open for businesses.  We will carpool from here, but if you feel like you may need to leave early, you can follow us to the TH where there is free parking.

(Since hike groups in the Sandias are limited to 10, please be considerate and show up to the hike if you RSVP.)

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  • jackie

    The pictures are really good. Thanks photographers Bill and Gene.
    Hope to get some in the newsletter online at nmvfo.org

    January 6, 2014

  • Larry B.

    Cold but fun, and we learned about all the trail maintenance and improvements made by the Frieds of the Piedra Lisa Trail and the NMVFO since 1996 -- which have mitigated erosion on this steep and heavily used trail.

    January 5, 2014

  • jackie

    Bill, you are a fountain of information about your favorite, adopted trail. I learned a lot as we all did, enjoyed the trail and views and all your knowledge about work on this trail. Great hike.

    January 5, 2014

  • Elaine R.

    Sorry for the last minute change all ... as they say, "the best laid plans of mice and men". I can't make this happen today. I will try again! elaine

    January 5, 2014

  • Jan L.

    OK. Wow! the climb on the last part of the hike is at about a 22% grade. I am in decent shape but I am not sure I am in that good of shape. I am just not sure what to do about this...perhaps I better bail-out on this for now and start using the treadmill at as great of an incline as possible and crank up the pace a bunch to be in this good of shape. Hmmm. I try to measure everything against the La Luz (which I have hiked and done OK but not at a killer pace)...and this is a "moderate" compared to the La Luz at a "strenuous" noted in the hiking guides. Any feedback on this?

    January 4, 2014

    • Larry B.

      Hi Jan, I've hiked up the Piedra Lisa and La Luz trails several times in the past, and I think that if your conditioning is still similar to when you did the La Luz (much longer and higher elevation), you won't find it too difficult (especially with short rests at the switchbacks).

      January 4, 2014

    • Jan L.

      Hi Jackie, Larry, and Bill...OK. Thank you for the feedback. You all are very encouraging. What I will do, then, is I will re-RSVP in the morning that I will go if the weather is half-way decent. If it is as windy as it is now...I won't. I will also not RSVP if the remaining spaces are taken tonight (of course). If I RSVP to go I will do it by 7:00 a.m. and I will be at Star Bucks early so there is no wondering if I am going to show or not. Thank you again folks!

      January 4, 2014

  • jackie

    I think you would be fine Jan. Remember the destination, Rincon Ridge, though it is a 1200 ft. climb, is only at 8,150 ft. altitude. La Luz goes all the way to the top, 10, 200 or something.

    January 4, 2014

  • susan k.

    too quick an elevation gain in too short a distance for this beginner- have a great hike!

    January 4, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Going skiing, so changed to a "no"....

    January 2, 2014

  • Elaine R.

    I've really been wanting to connect with this group ... so I'm glad this came up in my own backyard! Best wishes to each during this holiday week and I look forward to this morning in the New Year!

    December 23, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm having hip surgery on Dec 26 so I won't be ready to hike.

    December 19, 2013

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