New Meetup: Weekend Backpacking Trip to Chama River Canyon Wilderness

From: Bob F
Sent on: Monday, March 1, 2010 11:51 AM
Announcing a new Meetup for The New Mexico Backpackers Meetup Group!

What: Weekend Backpacking Trip to Chama River Canyon Wilderness

When: Friday, April 9,[masked]:00 PM

Where:
Chama River Canyon Wilderness
Santa Fe National Forest Coyote Ranger Station
Coyote, NM 87012
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This trip will take us from the top of Mesa Alta down into the scenic Chama Canyon in the Santa Fe National Forest. We will descend from the Mesa via Ojitos Trail, part of the Continental Divide Trail system. Once in the Canyon we will continue down to the Chama River where we'll camp in a grove of cottonwoods. You can see photos of last years trip to this area in our Photos section.

Please Note: Anyone attending our trips must have a signed Waiver & Release Form on file with us. This covers all trips and activities for 2010, 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.

If you RSVP Yes for this trip please plan on attending. Please read our "RSVP" Policy located in our "About" section

The deadline for changing a "Yes" RSVP to a "No" RSVP is March 26, 2010

Trip Dates: April 9 (Friday evening) thru April 11 (Sunday hike out)

Drive Time to Primitive Campground/Trailhead: 2 hr 35 min from ABQ

Campground/Trailhead Location: Junction of Forest Road 77 and Forest Road 468

Directions to Campground/Trailhead: From Albuquerque take I-25 north to the US 550 exit in Bernalillo. Head west on US 550 (towards Cuba). In approx. 70 miles you will reach Cuba. About 4 miles past Cuba, exit right onto NM 96. Take NM 96 north for 21 miles, passing the towns of Regina and Gallina. Shortly after passing through Gallina, look for Forest Road 77 on your left. It is a dirt road and is also listed as Mesa Alta Rd. Turn left on Forest Road 77 and follow it north up onto the mesa. Continue on Forest Road 77 until you reach Forest Road 468. We will be camping at this Forest Rd junction in a meadow (left hand side of road), so look for our tents and Meetup sign. We'll drive about 5 miles down FR 468 to the trailhead Saturday morning.

From Santa Fe follow US 84 north through Espanola to Abiquiu reservoir. Turn left onto NM 96 just before the reservoir (on 96 you will actually drive over the dam). Follow NM 96 for approx. 27 miles till it's intersection with Forest Road 77. Turn right onto Forest Road 77, a dirt road (also listed as Mesa Alta Rd) and follow it up onto the mesa. Continue on Forest Road 77 until you reach Forest Road 468. We will be camping at this Forest Road junction, so look for our tents and Meetup sign. We'll drive about 5 miles down FR 468 to the trailhead Saturday morning.

Notice: High clearance vehicles required for Forest Road 468! Passenger cars can easily make it to our camp area Friday night and anyone who doesn't have a 4 wheel drive can then be shuttled to the trailhead Saturday morning.

Trip Rating: Moderate to Difficult because of the distance and 2,200 ft elevation gain when leaving the canyon on Sunday

Trail Length: 8 miles Saturday, 8 miles Sunday, 16 miles total w/options for dayhikes

Elevation Gain: 2,200 ft when leaving the canyon on Sunday

Elevation Range: 6,400 ft to 8,600 ft

Expected Temps: Highs in the 60's, lows in the 40's

Dogs Allowed

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

Contact Bob F with any questions

Learn more here:
http://www.meetup.com/newmexicobackpackers/calendar/12745662/

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