- Moderate/strenuous hike at high altitude in the Pecos
Saturday, June 8. Moderate/strenuous hike at high altitude in the Pecos region to view wildflowers on the mesa. The hike will pass through pine and aspen forest. Meet at 6:45 a.m. at North Domingo Baca Multigenerational Center located at 7521 Carmel Ave. NE in Albuquerque to leave promptly at 7:00 a.m. Drive time to the trailhead at Iron Gate Campground will be 2 1/2 hours. There will be four miles of dirt road to the campground. High clearance vehicles are recommended although not a necessity. The in and out hike will be 5.7 miles roundtrip with an elevation gain of 737 feet, and a total uphill of 1070 feet. The minimum elevation will be 9,370. The grade will be 6% at times. There will be a great views of the peaks of the Pecos Wilderness from the mesa where we will eat lunch. A raincoat or poncho are required in case there is an afternoon storm. The hike leader will cancel the hike if a thunderstorm is forecast and/or the four mile road to the trailhead will be impassable due to prior rains. Hikers from Santa Fe can meet the group at the trailhead before or at 9:30 a.m. Contact the hike leader telephonically or by text no later than June 5th to RSVP. Seniors, please bring your National Park passes. Please no dogs or children. Diane,[masked]
- (Not) Just Another Photographer: Nature Photography by Patrick O'Brien
Though he calls himself “just another photographer,” Patrick O’Brien is anything but. A former wildlife biologist, he has many years of experience shooting photographs in different media. Digital photography expanded his subject matter significantly. His photos have been published in a variety of books, magazines, and scientific publications. Please join us for an opening reception of his work on Saturday, June 8, 2-4 pm at the Sierra Club office. Call Heather Kline with questions:[masked]. The work will hang through July.
- Strenuous Hike of Wheeler Peak, the Tallest Peak in New Mexico!
Saturday, June 22. Strenuous hike of Wheeler Peak. Join the Sierra Club Military Outdoors Program to climb the tallest peak in New Mexico. Active duty, retirees, dependents and civilians are all welcome, must be in good physical condition and tolerate high altitudes. This very challenging hike starts near the upper ski area at 10,000 feet and proceeds to the summit at 13,161 feet. It passes a beautiful alpine lake, winds thru towering ponderosa pines and offers unforgettable views of the surrounding mountains. We’ll be camping the evening before (June 21st) at Taos Ski Valley. We’ll then meet at Williams Lake trailhead parking lot at 6:30 a.m. for the trailhead briefing. We’ll then celebrate the first full day of summer on the summit at noon with a high altitude lunch. Children over 16 years of age only and no dogs please. Contact leader no later than June 18th to RSVP and obtain recommended gear list, Terry Owen,[masked], [masked]
- Easy Early Summer Hike in the Bosque
Saturday, June 22. Easy early summer hike in the Bosque. We’ll enjoy a leisurely walk on a trail that is flat and fairly even that will take about 1-1/2 hours. Meet at 8:30 at the tree sculpture garden just off the Montano Bridge on the west side of the Rio Grande (turnoff is just before Coors if you're going west on Montano). Bring water, hat, snacks, sunscreen, and favorite summer poem to share! Contact Margaret at [masked] for more information.