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New Meetup: Weekend Backpacking Trip to Lake Katherine

From: Bob F
Sent on: Monday, March 1, 2010 3:08 PM
Announcing a new Meetup for The New Mexico Backpackers Meetup Group!

What: Weekend Backpacking Trip to Lake Katherine

When: Friday, July 16,[masked]:00 PM

Lake Katherine
Pecos Wilderness Santa Fe National Forest
Santa Fe, NM 87504

This is a high elevation hike that will take us to Lake Katherine which lies at the base of Santa Fe Baldy at an elevation of 11,742 feet. We'll camp at timberline with the cliffs and slopes rising above the glacial valley. This hike requires a climb of more than 3,000 feet over 8 miles, so make sure you are physically able to do this. At these altitudes the weather can turn bad quickly with temps falling below freezing, so be prepared with suitable clothing and gear.

Please Note: Anyone attending our trips must have a signed Waiver & Release form on file with us. This waiver covers all trips and activities for 2010, so you only need to sign it once. If you have not already signed this form, it can be downloaded from our Files section and turned in to the organizer when you arrive for the trip.

If you RSVP Yes please plan on attending. Please read our RSVP Policy located in our "About" section

The deadline for changing a "Yes" RSVP to a "No" RSVP is July 2, 2010

Trip Dates: July 16 (Friday evening) thru July 18 (Sunday hike out)

Drive Time to Campground: 2 hr 30 min from ABQ

Campground Location: Cowles Campground

Note: There is a $12/night per car fee at this campground

Directions to Campground/Trailhead: Take I-25 north through Santa Fe to Pecos. Exit at the Glorieta/Pecos exit 299. Turn left (passing over I-25) then turn right onto SR 50. You'll take SR 50 for 6 miles to the "T" with SR 63 in the town of Pecos. Turn left (heading north) onto SR 63. You will travel approximately 20 miles on this road. When you cross the river and see a sign and road (which goes off to the right) for Holy Ghost campground, make sure you stay left and continue on SR 63 to Cowles. Near the Terrero General Store the road makes a sharp right turn. At Cowles you'll turn left and take the bridge across the river and the campground will be .25 mile down on your right. The trailhead is another 1.3 miles down the road (Forest Road 121). Look for our Meetup sign and tents at the campground. This campground is reachable by passenger car.

Trip Rating: Strenuous

Trail Length: 8 miles Saturday, 8 miles Sunday (16 miles total)

Elevation Gain: 3,302 feet

Elevation Range: 8,440 feet to 11,742 feet

Expected Temps: Highs in 60's, lows in 40's (could be in 30's)

Dogs Allowed

Notice: Disregard the info/map directions link as it is incorrect!

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