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Atalaya Mountain Hike
Atalaya Peak is directly east of downtown Santa Fe and commands excellent views of the city, the Jemez Mountains, the Ortiz Mountains, Tetilla Peak and the Sandia Mountains among others. Although there are two rather steeps sections of the trail, Atalaya is doable by those with a moderate level of fitness. We will meet at the parking lot next to the entrance to the Wilderness Gate Subdivision and the Dorothy Stewart Trailhead. Will then then walk the private road to the trailhead and begin the hike. Rating: Moderate Round trip distance: 4.5 miles Hiking Time: 2 hours - 3 hours Elevations: 7,540'- 9,121 Elevation gain: 1,581 Feet If you are new to the area, I will be glad to: • Review local maps of the Santa Fe area. • Identify landmarks from the summit. • Discuss the 10 essentials. Please bring: • Rain jacket and or wind breaker • Good hiking shoes or boots • Water • Snack

Wilderness Gate Parking Lot (.8 miles past St. Johns College on Camino Cruz Blanca)

Wilderness Gate · Santa Fe, NM

Respond by: 8/22/2018

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is becoming acquainted with environment, no matter where one happens to be. Man does not suddenly become aware or infused with wonder; it is something we are born with. No child need be told its secret; he keeps it until the influence of gadgetry and the indifference of teen-age satiation extinguish its intuitive joy."

- Sigurd Olson, Former council member, The Wilderness Society
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Discover wilderness as a way to connect to nature, to others and to yourself.

The purpose of this meetup is to build a community of learners that want to explore wilderness. As we go out together, we will share our knowledge and to learn from each other. As our skills and experience grow, so will our opportunities for greater wilderness experiences.

• Every outdoor event posted will have an educational objective in addition to the actual activity.

• Outings will be progressive. That means some outings will be the building blocks (certification) for more difficult outings.

• We will strive seek the "awe" in the wilderness experience.

• We will be open to new challenges and new places beyond what we are already familiar with while understanding that going a little farther, a little higher, a little steeper, leads to greater rewards.

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