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New Meetup: Weekend Backpacking Trip to Capulin Canyon (Dome/Bandelier Wilderness)

From: Bob F
Sent on: Friday, May 15, 2009 11:23 AM
Announcing a new Meetup for The New Mexico Backpackers Meetup Group!

What: Weekend Backpacking Trip to Capulin Canyon (Dome/Bandelier Wilderness)

When: June 26,[masked]:00 PM

Where: Click the link below to find out!

Meetup Description: This trip takes us to New Mexico's smallest wilderness, the 5,200 acre Dome Wilderness just north of Cochiti Lake. This wilderness, much like the neighboring (and much larger) Bandelier Wilderness, is known for it's primitive canyonlands and prehistoric ruins. It is also not uncommon to find an abundance of wildflowers and strawberries in the spring. Our trail begins near the summit of St. Peter's Dome and descends into Capulin Canyon via trail #421. Once in the canyon, we will find a place to camp below the 500' canyon walls near the stream. On Sunday we will climb back out of the canyon and return to the car via the Boundary Peak or St. Peter's Dome trail. Optional dayhikes include St. Peter's Dome, Painted Cave and Boundary Peak.

Please Note: Anyone attending our trips must have a signed Waiver & Release form on file with us. This waiver covers all trips and activities for 2009, so you only have to sign it once. If you have not already signed this form, it can be downloaded from our Files section and turned in to the organizer when you arrive for the trip.

Please read our RSVP Policy located in our "About" section

The deadline for changing a "Yes" RSVP to a "No" RSVP is June 12

Trip Dates: June 26 (Friday evening) to June 28 (Sunday hike out)

Drive time to camp area/trailhead: 1 hr 45 min from Albuquerque

Camp Area Location: Capulin Canyon Trailhead (no water available at camp area, so bring it!)

Directions to Camp Area/Trailhead: Take I-25 north to exit 259 towards Santo Domingo Pueblo (NM 22). Follow NM 22 for about 12 miles past Cochiti Dam. Turn right at Bandelier National Monument Rd (Forest Road 289). Follow Bandelier National Monument Rd for 5 miles until you reach St. Peter's Dome Road. Turn right onto St. Peter's Dome Rd. Capulin Canyon trailhead is approximately 3.5 miles down this road on the left.

Trip Rating: Moderate

Trail Length: 3 - 4 miles Saturday, 3 - 4 miles Sunday, 6 - 8 miles total w/options for day hikes

Elevation Gain: 1,875 ft

Elevation Range: 6,250 ft to 8,125 ft

Expected Temps: High's in 70's or 80's, Lows in 50's or 40's

Dogs not allowed

Notice: Disregard the info/map directions link as it is incorrect!

Contact Mark or Bob F with any questions

Learn more here:
http://www.meetup.com/NewMexico-Backpacking/calendar/10419557/

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