Departure Time: 8:15am, please be prompt because we will leave at 8:20am.
Cost: $7.00/campsite/night (So, don't forget to bring cash).
Who Should Attend: Only active hikers capable of hiking 20 - 25 miles in two days.
Unplugged Camping and Hiking: This means that cell phones need to be turned off throughout the weekend and while hiking. I know some people are gasping at the thought, but the intention is to get away from it all.
Campground Description: We will camp in the lower section of Red Canyon Campground where big RVs and horses aren't permitted. (The upper section is for horses). There is NO WATER, so you need to bring all of your water for the weekend.
Hiking Description: The Manzano mountains are so close to Albuquerque, yet don't see the foot traffic like the Sandias, so this will be a fun weekend to explore.
Day 1-Friday: Arrive at the Red Canyon Campground and set up camp. Once everyone is setup, we will leave to begin our exploratory day hike. Bring water, snacks/lunch, rain gear, etc.
We will start at the Cerro Blanco Trail #79 to the Crest Trail #170 to the Bosque Trail #174. This trail is almost a loop, so we will park a vehicle or two at the Bosque TH for after the hike for pickup or we can decide to just walk up road to where our vehicles will be parked at the Cerro Blanco TH. Mileage: About eight miles or so. Elevation Gain: 7,800ft to 8,640ft.
Exploratory means that I have not been on any of these trails, so the opportunity to make a wrong turn and go in the wrong direction is a good possibility. We may have to hike in the "wrong direction" in order to find the right direction. Also, these trails are probably lightly used. If you feel uncomfortable with an exploratory hike, you have the option to not attend.
After we finish, we will drive up to Capilla Peak Observatory and the Lookout Tower. There is a dirt road that will take us there. From there we will head back to camp and cookout.
Day 2-Saturday: We will take the Pine Shadow Trail (#170A) and hike to Manzano Peak. Mileage: 11 miles Elevation Gain: 7,240ft to 10,000ft.
Additional Optional Hiking after Manzano Peak: Red Canyon Trail, 2.7 miles (one way) and Spruce Spring Trail 3.4 miles (one way), both trailheads are located at the Red Canyon Campground.
Day 3-Sunday: After breakfast, might do a little 2 or 3 mile hike such as Red Canyon Trail or Spruce Spring Trail, then pack up and drive home.
Vehicle Requirement: Although a passenger vehicle can easily get to the campground site, it is suggested that a Jeep, FJ or truck be used to get to the other locations. High clearance might be necessary because of all the recent rains. So, we will car pool once we arrive at the campground.
What to Bring: Water, some cash, rain gear, hiking gear, headlamp, tent, etc. Campfire wood would be great too! Personal favorites: Smores, Jiffy pop popcorn, one of the those sandwich cast iron cookers, etc.
Weather: If inclement weather looks imminent for the weekend i.e. rain all day and night, please check this site one day prior to the start time.
Dogs: Not allowed this time.