You are cordially invited to join Z and me on a classic Santa Fe peak that I have never done before. Z is the real leader here, since she knows the mountain intimately and her route sounds more exciting than the standard out and back route up Atalaya. She has agreed to show us her way and demonstrate her outstanding leadership skills so we can bag a few more peaks along the way. Expect fresh snow and cold weather. Plan on an early dinner in Santa Fe before heading back to Albuquerque.
Stats: According to the Sierra Club's hikes around Santa Fe book, the round-trip hike to Atalaya is 5 miles with 1,781 feet of elevation gain. Z said her route has around 3,500 feet of elevation gain and more miles.
Gear: Cold weather gear, waterproof shoes, and a traction aide. If there is snow, I recommend bringing gaiters and hiking poles with snow baskets.
Who should go: Fit hikers who are capable of hiking at a moderate pace with few or no stops to the summit.
Albuquerque folks will still meet at the same time and place but read Z's comment regarding where we will meet in Santa Fe.