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New Meetup: Weekend Backpacking Trip to San Pedro Parks

From: Bob F
Sent on: Monday, March 1, 2010 12:57 PM
Announcing a new Meetup for The New Mexico Backpackers Meetup Group!

What: Weekend Backpacking Trip to San Pedro Parks

When: Friday, May 14,[masked]:00 PM

San Pedro Parks Wilderness
San Gregorio Reservoir Parking Area/Trailhead Santa Fe National Forest
Cuba, NM 87013

This will be our first trip of the season to San Pedro Parks Wilderness. It's a beautiful area noted for it's large parks (meadows) and gently flowing streams. The area is at 10,000 ft elevation with pine covered slopes framing the grassy valleys. Elk herds can usually be spotted in the parks. We'll be hiking 9 miles on Saturday (and Sunday) in order to camp near the largest park and possibly see some elk. This area is one of the wetter places in New Mexico, so be prepared for possible rain and slogging through a few streams and marshy areas. Waterproof boots and some extra socks are strongly suggested. This is an easy trail with a gentle elevation gain, but because of the length and elevation I rated it moderate. Be sure you're capable of hiking 18 miles over two days with a loaded pack. Also be prepared for hiking through snow in some sections as it's still relatively early in the season for this area. Snowshoes won't be needed.

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 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 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 April 30, 2010.

Trip Dates: May 14 (Friday evening) to May 16 (Sunday hike out)

Drive time to Friday night camping area: 2 hours from Albuquerque

Camping Area Location: Near San Gregorio Reservoir Parking Area, 1/2 mile or so before reaching the parking area. There are numerous sites along this stretch of road, so just look for our sign.

Directions to Camping Area: Take I-25 north from ABQ to the 2nd Bernalillo exit for US 550 north (to Cuba). In Cuba turn right onto SR 126. Travel 10 miles and turn left onto Forest Road 70. There will be a sign for San Gregorio Reservoir at this junction. Continue for just under 3 miles to our camp.

Trip Rating: Moderate due to elevation and length

Trail Length: 9 miles Saturday, 9 miles Sunday

Elevation Gain: 1,100 feet

Elevation Range: 9,300 ft to 10,400 ft

Expected Temps: Highs mid 60's to 70's, Lows in 40's to 50

Dogs Allowed

Notice: Do not use the map/info link for directions as it is incorrect!

Contact Bob F with any questions

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