This hike may or may not require micro spikes. I will let everyone know via the discussion board. If it does,
No microspikes = No hiking with us
The Vertical forest is the hardest cardio hike around ABQ. Very hard hike, not for beginners, not for slow hikers, not even for intermediate hikers. Only Chuck Norris type of hikers invited. Pace will be fast because I have stuff to do in the afternoon, too.
9 miles with lots and lots of elevation gain, good 4,000 ft in cumulative elevation gain. Trails can be slippery because of small rocks plus ice.
Get your gps device/app ready and download NorthernEmbuditoRidge file from here https://www.meetup.com/hiking-204/files/
Please, download from Files section WhiteWash_Trail file as well. We are doing a combo of the two routes. You have to have gps app/device. On steepness like these, hikers naturally separate, and there are many ghost trails, so it is easy to get lost. If I think you will get lost or just are not fit for this hike, I might change your rsvp into no. We will wait for slower hikers one minute. If it is cold and windy, we will not wait at all. This hike is Death march.
We will take Northern Embudito Ridge all the way to South Peak. The last 0.5 mile (Vertical Forest) has over 1,000 ft in gain, so that will kick your azz. Hiking poles will be tremendously helpful on the uphill. Northern ridge trail has gravel, so it is slippery. White Wash trail has little rocks and is slippery as well. So, do not wear sneakers, wear hiking shoes, and have hiking poles for balance.
Then, after South Peak, we hike down to White Wash trail which kind of overlaps with Southern Embudito Ridge. There are some really nice views in this area. Before, White Wash trail gets very steep, we will get into White Wash (Piedra Lisa) canyon, and finish at Piedra Lisa Canyon trail head which is here[masked], [masked]
Hiking through White Wash (Piedra Lisa) canyon involves rock scrambling (nothing too hard). Here are some photos from Piedra Lisa Canyon CLICK for photos here
The weather forecast is here: Weather Forecast
We will have to set a car shuttle for only several miles, so it will be quick.