This is a beginner friendly trip for those attending the class or for those that want some more practice in the NM wild. This is a good way to put ideas into practice or test out your gear. We can discuss gear, camp selection, and other relevant topics. If you are looking for a more difficult and equally beautiful trip attend Johns Nambe trip.
Mora Flats is a huge open valley meadow with several streams meandering through it. Heavily forested mountains with some rocky outcrops surround this beautiful valley. The trail leading to the valley affords a number of nice views of the Flats before eventually dropping down into the valley. We'll begin our hike by crossing a small meadow with an aspen grove and then continue along a winding ridge high above Rio Mora canyon. After 3 miles or so we then begin our descent into the valley. There are a number of excellent campsites in the valley with the stream nearby.
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Trip Dates: May 4 (Saturday) thru May 5 (Sunday hike out)
Drive Time to Campground/Trailhead: 2 hr 30 min from ABQ
Campground/Trailhead Location: Approx. 1.25 miles down FR 223 (on the right, look for our sign and tents) after turning off of SR 63
Directions to Camp Area: Take I-25 north through Santa Fe. Take the Glorieta/Pecos exit 299. Turn left (passing over I-25) then turn right onto SR 50. You'll take SR 50 for 6 miles to the "T" with SR 63 in the town of Pecos. Turn left (heading north) onto SR 63. You will travel about 18 miles on this road. After driving through Tererro look for Forest Road 223 and a sign for Iron Gate Campground and turn right (a few miles after Tererro). Travel 1.25 miles (approx) and look for our sign and tents on the right hand side of the road (which can be carefully driven with a passenger vehicle although it is rough so a 4 wheel drive or high clearance vehicle is best).
Trip Rating: Easy to Moderate
Trail Length: 4.75 miles Saturday, 4.75 miles Sunday, 9.5 miles total (with options for dayhikes)
Elevation Gain: 800 feet total
Elevation Range: 9,200 feet to 9,500 feet
Expected Temps: Highs 70's to 80's, Lows in 50's
Dogs Allowed: Yes
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