Eagle Nest Lake State Park Visitor Center, Eagle Nest, NM 87718, Eagle Nest, Ne
Start Time, 12:00 noon in Eagle Nest.
Meet at the entrance of Eagle Nest Lake State Park on the east side of Hwy 64. I’ll be driving a red Dodge Caliber.
Exploratory means: The event organizer has not done the track before, but has looked at various topo and aerial maps.
• Distance: ~Less than 2 miles. We’ll hike straight up to the top of the mountain.
Elevation Gain: 800 to 900 ft
Rating: Moderately strenuous.
Bring: Water, snack, and poles, if you use them. The temperature can be 30 degrees cooler at the top of the mountain.
Description: A steak dinner at Texas Red’s in Red River preceded by a short, but strenuous hike. On State Park Land, in the Colin Neblett Wildlife Area, will be less than 2 hours. There’s about an hour ride of rough dirt roads after leaving Hwy 64. The emphasis of the trip is bagging one more mountain in the Wheeler Peak area, and views of Philmont Scout Ranch and the Valle Vidal.
This is an out and back meaning we’ll come back on the same track so no one should worry about being too far behind. On the trip down I will be walking behind the last person.
Add-ons: Camp on Friday Night at Eagle Nest State Park. If you want to do this, state it on your RSVP. Reservations at the park have to be made quickly because there are only 13 sites.
Transportation: Meet at the Target Store at I-25 and Paseo del Norte at 8:00 A.M. Park in parking lot along I-2 in Lowe’s area. Carpool to Eagle Nest State Park. I’ll already be in Eagle Nest. After that we’ll take high clearance vehicles for an hour to the end of the dirt road. My SUV holds five people including the driver. We’ll have to coordinate with other adventurers for other SUV vehicles.
Dogs: Welcome. Hikers should be tolerant of lose dogs.