Hike up the mountain five times, take the tram down four times and drive back once.
The starting time has been finalized at 5am. The first hike up will be a leisurely hike up Pino (leisurely for me, that is) with the plan of arriving at the top of the tram at 9am. However, initially all vehicles will be parked at the base of the tram. I expect most people to do fewer than all five ascents.
If you do all five ascents, this event is quite strenuous. The middle three ascents will be done at a fairly quick pace.
My wife will drive me from my house to the Tram parking lot on the day of the hike. She'll then pick up all the people who will be doing the Pino hike and drive us all to the gate leading in to Elena Gallegos open space. I'll leave my truck parked at the top of the crest so everyone who make the fifth ascent can ride down in my truck.
Regardless of how the people doing Pino get started, the second ascent will probably begin shortly after 9:20, since that's approximately when the first tram down will arrive.
The following table lists the ascents in the order that we'll be doing them. Each link is to a previous ascent that is at approximately the pace we'll do, but the starting times won't be the same. Anyone who wants to join us starting on the third or later ascent can try texting me during the first two ascents to get an idea of when we'll be starting the next one.
- Chimney Canyon
- Old La Luz
- Domingo Baca
- New La Luz
No dogs. Bring appropriate hydration, calories and emergency money. Official sunrise is 6:06, but we'll be starting at 5am, so please bring a headlamp or flashlight.
The only detail that remains up in the air is how we'll get from the bottom of the tram after ascent number three (Old La Luz) to the Domingo Baca trailhead for ascent number 4. If we can drive a little closer to it, that's probably what we should do.