A Climb of Cerro Cuate.

  • March 9, 2014 · 9:45 AM
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We are going to go ahead and reschedule this trek for Sunday, March 9 and because of day-lite savings time, we're moving it back to 9:45 to leave by 10:00 a.m. - Asha and Chris, please call me at[masked] and let me know 1) you received this notice and 2) let me know if you can go.  If you can't go, we will do it again in the fall.

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Who's interested in taking on a challenge for the New Year? Here you go. We will drive out to the Rio Puerco Valley between San Ysidro and Cuba to climb Cerro Cuate, an old volcanic plug in the area. Cerro Cuate means Twin Peaks in Spanish and the place is properly named - it has two summits separated by a narrow ridge. 

Hike Rating:   Very Strenuous (steep, and some rock scrambling involved)

Hike Description:   Veteran hike leader Tom Leck will be at the helm.  The hike is steep and some rock scrambling is necessary to reach the summit.  We will climb North Cerro Cuate first.  From the summit of North Cerro Cuate the group will make a decision as to whether to tackle the ridge leading to South Cerro Cuate or to descend the way we came and return to civilization.

Trail information: There is no trail up Cerro Cuate other than heading uphill, but your "Experienced Trip Leader" will assist you by showing you which way is up and sort of pointing out the way to the top. Horizontal mileage: about three to four miles - Vertical ascent: about 1,000 feet

Dinner afterwards?  Absolutely - at the original Sadie's on Fourth Street. As you may expect, beer and margaritas will be available for purchase at this fine establishment. Congratulatory toasts will abound.

What to bring:  Dress for the elements - bring a hat, gloves, hiking pole(s), sunglasses, sunscreen, wear sturdy hiking boots.  Bring a minimum of 2 liters of water, snacks and lunch.  Scrambling gloves are recommended - more information will be provided as we get closer the actual trek.

Meet: Lowe's on Paseo del Norte at 9:00 am. We will also be passing by the Home Depot in Bernalillo if anyone wants us to stop there. Carpooling will be the trend of the day.

Special Notices: Slackers will be flogged and left for the vultures! (just kidding - this is a serious hike, but the cars will always be in sight and if you need to return to the vehicles at any time, the way back down will be obvious.

New Year's Resolution: "Get Healthy and Exercise" Satisfaction Rating: About 100+

Weather: Check on the morning of the hike - this hike is weather dependent since it involves car travel down a dirt road that rain/snow will make impassable.


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  • Asha P.

    We had a great time. Thanks again for organizing it!

    1 · March 10

  • Tom L.

    What a great group! What a fun day!!

    1 · March 9

  • Melissa

    Wonderful - thanks, Tom- another great hike!

    1 · March 9

  • Asha P.

    Awesome thanks.

    1 · March 8

  • Asha P.

    Wade and I were hoping to bring our son too. Will that be too many people?

    1 · March 8

    • Melissa

      Go ahead and bring him -

      March 8

  • Tom L.

    Hopefully Sunday will be a much better day. A lot warmer and sunny and (according to weather.com) no chance of rain and/or snow.

    1 · March 8

    • Melissa

      Chris will be joining us tomorrow

      March 8

  • Asha P.

    Got the message. We will try to make it Sunday.

    1 · March 7

  • Melissa

    We are going to go ahead and reschedule this trek for Sunday, March 9 and because of day-lite savings time, we're moving it back to 9:45 to leave by 10:00 a.m. - Asha and Chris, please call me at[masked] and let me know 1) you received this notice and 2) let me know if you can go. If you can't go, we will do it again in the fall.

    March 7

  • CHAO D.

    sorry, guys. I have to miss this hiking.

    March 7

  • Melissa

    Well, as misfortune will have it sometimes, it looks like the weather will be against us on Saturday near Cuba - Tom and I decided that unless it is raining on Saturday morning we will meet at the designated spot and make a decision from there - we may stay in town to hike if it is raining in Cuba. So, please check back to this site often for more information - call me at[masked], too. If we must cancel this hike, Tom will lead it in May.

    March 6

  • Chris

    Hey Tom or Melissa, What time do you envision us getting back from this adventure?

    March 4

    • Tom L.

      It depends on whether we decide to hike the ridge from North Cerro Cuate to South Cerro Cuate. If we decide to do that, it'll probably be about 5:00 or so when we get back. If we decide to come down after just climbing the North peak, we should be back by about 3:00.

      March 5

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