Bobcat hikes are intended to be somewhat Easy (see SFHMG ratings for definition of easy): up to 6 miles and usually less than 800' elevation gain, with a Mellow Plus pace: that is, equivalent to doing Atalaya in under 3 hours, thus affording a more intimate experience with the trail.
Description: Bobcatting Piedra Lisa
Round Trip Hiking Distance: 4 miles
Round Trip Hiking Time: 3.0 hours
Gain: 1200 ft.
Rating: Moderate Plus
Pace: Mellow Plus
Please know your Atalaya ability before RSVPing. Be considerate of others, and do not RSVP for this hike if you cannot go up and down Atalaya in under 3 hours. The Hike Effort and Pace Description, under Hiking With Us, is a criteria that better helps us to stay together as a group, and thus enhancing the hiking experience for everyone. It is not about competition, but cooperation.
Hike Description: The Piedra Lisa Trail is located in the Sandias, near Albuquerque, an hour south of Santa Fe. We will be doing only the first portion of the trail, which ascends steadily thru Pinons and junipers. The views are great, as on one side we'll see the Rio Grande Rift and on the other interesting granite formations including the Shield and the Thumb. We'll stop at a saddle featuring viewpoints of the Sangres, take a snack/lunch break and head back as we came. While the trail is accommodating, and we'll take frequent short breathers, this hike will still give you a good cardio work out on the way up and exercise your quads on the way down.
What to bring:
Sturdy hiking boots or shoes.
Note: Yaktraks or similar may be needed by hike day.
Bring layers, extra clothing, and water resistant outer wear.
Water for a 3+ hour hike
Please RSVP "Yes" only. No's are assumed.
See our What Gear do I need article for additional information.
We will near Albertson's along Zia Road. If you are running late or your plans change at the last minute, please call Ken at[masked] or post on this Meetup site.
Dogs that have not shown aggression towards people or other dogs on any past hikes are welcome, but must be kept on a leash.
Driving: The road in is paved except for a short stretch of washboarded dirt just before the trail head. Non-drivers to contribute $7 for gas.
Maximum one guest per person signing up.
No Show Policy
Our No-show policy is included here for your reference.