Volume 5, Issue 7
13 July 2000
and Susan Corban
"That Others May Live..."
In past missions, I have heard our team and other teams praise each other for being the first to find the lost subject. Remember this, if 20 teams are in the field, chances are only one team is on the trail that the lost person is on. That could be any team. But the other 19 teams have done they part by eliminating 19 trails. This is important to the Incident Commander when the subject is not found and the missions goes to the next time period or when lacking more resources. Team rivilary to motivate us to train harder is a good thing. Just remember when signing into a mission you are now a part of New Mexico Search and Rescue, not Cibola. Cibola's tradition and policy is to act professionally during a mission and not to bad mouth any other teams. Each team has their part to play.
|Top of the Hill
||by Larry Mervine
Another unwritten tradition that Cibola has is the right of any member to ask another member to do a pack breakdown. This is not to embarrass team members, but for safety reason. For example, if one team member thinks that other team member's pack is to small for the conditions they will be searching in, clearly he/she has the duty to ask that person to open their pack. Or if a new member wants to know what gear an older member has, to not be afraid to ask.
See you out there!
Congratulations to Chris, KD5KLR on his new amateur radio call sign.
With Chris, we now have 17 licensed radio operators on the team.
|Boots and Blisters
||by Tom Russo
I hope to see you all out at the mock search on Saturday evening, July 15th. We were on the verge of postponing it the day before the forest closures were ended, but we lucked out and got wind of the rumored reopening about 2 hours before I was ready to call up all our resources and shut the thing down. Fire restrictions are still in place and obviously we're all expected to abide by them. See you out there on Saturday!
No hike of the month was submitted this month, but there is no shortage of
hike descriptions in this issue. Please consider reading through and possibly
archiving the lengthy "feature article" below. You never know which of those
descriptions might come in handy on a search. Hint. Hint.
Larry welcomes new people Dave Croll, Charlie Irland, Andy Nielsen, Seth Thompson, Marco Ulloa and Talitha Ulloa.
|Business as Usual
||by David Dixon
This is Melissa's last meeting. She makes an emotional speech praising Cibola and thanking everyone. Larry gives her a certificate and Gene takes a picture. Good luck Melissa.
Larry reminds everyone to think about running for office next year.Some officers will not be running for the same positions.
Team is promoting some PR this Saturday with a Youth at Risk Hike-a-thon.
Need for Pager 1 for June and through summer months. Mike volunteers.
Eric Jaramillo is an active member, Doug Davenport and Dennis Barnhart prospective members. Welcome.
Member guide is now on website.
Susan asks for member profiles for the newsletter.
Some officers can't be at next meeting. See one if interested in helping with their meeting duties.
There will be a six month review of members by officers at next officer meeting. Training attendance and certification sheets are available for perusal.
Mike gives the current financial report.
Give Escape reimbursement forms to Mike.
WFR class reimbursement when we get certificates. Probably by next month.
Mail June missions vouchers to Mike by June 30.
There have been lots of pager problems in last five months. Usually associated with new service. Notify an officer if you do go in for service, especially for any team pagers. New accounts will now be $10, no more.
Mike has done spending sheets for Committees and given to Committee heads.
June Navigation Training is two parts. Must go to both classroom and field to get credit for training.
Training/evaluation schedule for Aug-Dec is in newsletter.
July training is Mock search on 15th.
At some events members sometimes have put out pink trail tape to identify
locations and not taken it down when they left. If you put it up please take it
down yourself. Don't use unless necessary.
There will be informal get togethers for those interested in man tracking. Every other Wednesday.
James has some new CSAR labeled shirts and caps available for a team donation.
James would like to get some non-cotton team shirts. Anyone interested?
No PR meeting in June. Next one on July 27th.
August 19-Open Space Fireside Chat on Outdoor Preparedness.
August 20-Accompanying Host of Open Space Hike.
August 25-UNM Day
August 26-27-East Mt. Rendezvous.
Jeff. Officers have been given a copy of Cibola's page in the resource directory. Needs a number of revisions. Larry, Don and Jeff are putting together an addition to membership guide for base camp protocol.
Susan is organizing a PACE session in Albq. in September.
Old Medical. CE Coordinator position needed. Description on pages passed out. Proposing to put into member guide that we do medical. Vote is for.
Kevin Nufer is medical director. Have a copy of med agreement if interested. WFRs need to register with state through team. CSAR must have a copy of everything for team archives. David has developed a Patient Assessment form/SOAP notes for team. Copies are passed out. Need any feedback by next Wed.
Another WFR class will be in October. Class team reimbursement is probable.
Also need med equipment purchase.
ICS round table before meeting tonight was canceled.
Next meeting there will be only two officers so WFRs won't meet before the meeting. If you are interested in helping with officer duties next month see one of them.
Jeff asked for new medical addition to resource directory including Numbers of Type I, II, III teams. Some comments and suggestions are made about directory and changes.
Snowshoes purchase using REI Grant money. Vote is taken on last month's
postponed motion to buy two sets of snowshoes from Melissa for $100 each. Vote is unanimous for. Still have $300 left of REI money. May be another of same pair for sale from someone else.
List of equipment available for Active and prospective
members to use on SAR activities. ( For SAR use only)
||by James Newberry
The team has one orange shirt long sleeve, size, large regular and one orange
mesh baseball cap. Both available for a small donation to the team. $5.oo for
shirt, $1.oo for the cap or more if you feel generous.
- Trail Tape
- AAA batteries
- AA batteries
- C batteries
- D batteries
- 4.5 Volt batteries
- Rubber Gloves
- Ear Plugs
- M.R.E.'s with heaters.
- Chicken and Pasta Shells
- Chicken and Rice
- Turkey and Potato
- Beef and Mushroom
- Vegetarian Pasta and Tomato
Paratus Et Vigilans
Katie Avery, prospective member, was born and raised in North New Jersey
(Exit 18!). She undergraduated with a Special Ed degree then switched careers
in her mid-20's to become a nurse practitioner (NP), completing graduate
schooling in that area in 1987. After a couple of years as an NP in a
residential facility for the multiply handicapped, she moved to an outpatient
clinic setting in Yonkers, NY. Tending to the health needs of an urban
population was very fulfilling for a few years until she heard the call of
the wild (west, that is...). A desire to try rural health care and, ideally,
with a unique cultural group brought her out to Albuquerque. A sister, with
whom she could short-tem live, also helped! She has spent the last 6+ years
as a Commissioned Corps Officer in the US Public Health Service (that's
Commander Avery to you, son), working at the Acoma Indian Health Hospital as
a nurse practitioner, and coordinator of the women's health services there.
Her involvement with CSAR started in Fall 1999 and stemmed from the very
personal experience of losing a family member in a wilderness situation. In
the winter of 1976, her brother, Peter, was lost for 36 hours while hiking
alone on a planned day trip in Northern NM. Though the outcome was tragic,
her family was heartened by the knowledge that there was a group of people,
strangers to them, who were looking for Peter in this unknown place so far
away from their home. This experience also underlined for her the attraction
and the danger of the wilderness, but how it can be positively influenced by
an appreciation for those qualities, and the desire to make it a safe and
enjoyable experience for oneself and for others.
I have placed the "Historical Hikes of the Month" article into a web page of
its own on our main site. That's all, folks.
The team website can be accessed at http://www.cibolasar.org/
Since the newsletter was fairly content-free this month, I used my spare
editorial time to construct a web page of historical hikes of the month.
Early in the Hike of the Month program, hike descriptions in the newsletter
were very detailed and were meant to allow the membership to find the hike on
their own should they choose to take it on a different day than that listed.
|Those Were the Hikes that Were, Part I
||Edited by Tom Russo
Hikes prior to April 1998 were written by John Mindock. The remainder have
been writen by Susan Corban. UTM coordinates in these hikes are typically
referenced to NAD27, the coordinate system used on older maps. Convert
appropriately when using newer maps.
Some of these descriptions are very handy, and so I have chosen to use this
slim newsletter to reprint those with detailed descriptions in one handy
Due to the length of the article, I've broken these up into a two-parter.
Hikes that begin on the East side of the Sandias will be printed up some other
The first part of this hike is on a trail from the Juan Tabo parking area to
the Piedra Lisa parking area. Go up the stairs and turn left at the 'Piedra
Lisa T/H' sign. Follow this trail a few minutes, watching for an offshoot that
goes downhill to the left, crossing the sandy wash. (Don't go as far as the
large towering rock formation.)
|Hike of the Month||Lower Juan Tabo Canyon||0900, March 29-30, 1997|
|Trailhead:||Upper Juan Tabo parking lot (La Luz trailhead)|
|R.T. Distance: @5.0 miles||Elevation Min/Max: 6600/7400|
|Hiking Time @3.0 hours||Hazards: Mountain Lion (I saw tracks)|
|Topos: Forest Service map of the Sandias|
A few more minutes will take you to an uphill/downhill choice. (UTM 365.3,
3898.4). Go downhill and across to the other side of the chamisa/cholla flats.
Follow a trail that skirts the north side of the flats to the dirt road. You
should be about 20 minutes into the trek when you meet the road.
Now go north to the Piedra Lisa trailhead (about 7 minutes). After 7 more
tough uphill minutes, you'll go down to a wide rock-strewn arroyo. (UTM 365.3,
3899.5) To the right are Waterfall Canyon, the Movie Trail, and Fletcher
Canyon. But we're going to the left, down into lower Juan Tabo Canyon.
The first few minutes are spent skirting the lush growth in the wash. The best
bet is to stay to the right side. After that, the terrain becomes open and easy
to walk on (and to follow tracks). Just follow the sandy wash, crossing the
dirt road when you get to it.
In about 45 minutes, you'll end up at the fence to the Sandia Indian
Turn back, and choose the rightmost wash whenever there is a choice.
About 30 minutes from the fence, take a trail along the hill on your right.
(UTM 364.4, 3898.5) This trail (called the Sandy Arroyo trail) begins in almost
the opposite direction of your travel. Soon it widens out and heads more
southward, eventually meeting the blacktop. This trail is the preferred
evacuation route from this area.
Instead of walking along the road, go up to the top of the ridge 'behind' you,
where you'll find an indistinct trail leading towards the dirt road to the
Piedra Lisa parking area, then take the trail to the Juan Tabo parking area
According to the map, part of this hike passes through private property.
However, it is not marked and is certainly not apparent when you're hiking. If
someone asks you to leave their property, do so politely.
From the Parking area, walk north on the road for 8 minutes, then go up the trail to the right. Note the usual SAR parking lot on the left. Along the ascent, occasionally look at the Needle, Prow, and Shield rock formations, noting how their appearance changes as you see them from different directions. After an hour, you'll get to the top. This area is known as the Rincon ('corner' en Espanol.). There is a sign post indicating the trail direction (365.8, 3901.0). Do not go to the north behind that post. Instead, go east about 10 yards, and the trail will head north downhill (rather steeply). About 1/2 hour later, you'll come to a wash. Go left down the wash for a few minutes, and then the trail will make a natural-looking arc to the right. As you progress down the wash, you will likely notice another 'trail' on the right, with a log laying across it, which goes up a small hill near a bunch of large boulders. This is not the trail - the real trail is a minute further down the wash. One minute after leaving the wash, you should encounter a sign indicating 2 1/2 miles to either end of the Piedra Lisa trail. If you do not see this sign, you are on the wrong trail. A minute later, you'll come to a sandy area, and you'll see an 18" diameter fallen tree ahead. Go 'above' the tree, and you're back on the trail. Take a look backwards here, because the area is more confusing on the way back. About 20 minutes later, you'll come to a small watercourse. It is called 'Del Agua Canyon', and usually has water year around. This is where we spent a cold night on the 'Spiderboy' search a few years back. (366.7, 3902.5). The return trip is the same way you came, only more uphill.
Part of this hike goes through semi-abandoned private property. However, it is
not marked and is certainly not apparent when you're hiking. If someone asks
you to leave, do so politely.
|Hike of the Month||South Piedra Lisa Trail to Del Agua Junction||0900, April 26-27, 1997|
|Trailhead:||South Piedra Lisa Parking area. See member guide for directions.|
|R.T. Distance: @6.0 miles||Elevation Min/Max: 7000/8200|
|Hiking Time @4.0 hours||Hazards: Slippery trail surface.|
|Topos: Forest Service map of the Sandias|
This hike goes through one of the few riparian areas with year-round water.
Make your stay short and stay on the trails where possible. The Forest Service
does not maintain trails in this area, partly to discourage the average hiker.
There is no way to describe this hike in a few sentences. A long sleeve shirt
and long pants are STRONGLY recommended.
I chose the route that most tourists would take. There are many other paths
that could be used to get to the plane crash site. Also, this route is the one
you could most easily follow on a search, especially at night, because it
basically follows a watercourse most of the way.
Start from the northernmost parking area, on trail 140 (Pino Trail). After
about six minutes, you'll go through a pass-through fence. Take trail #342 to
the left. In another twelve minutes, you end up on trail #230. This is at the
place where the old North Pino trail is blocked by cactus bones. Two minutes
later, go into the Wilderness area via another pass-through on the right.
(366.5, 3892.8) Twelve minutes later, you'll come to a sign indicating that the
Domingo Baca trail goes left across a wash. (366.5, 3893.4) The trail soon
begins to go more easterly.
The next junction is CRUCIAL to the hike.
Less than an hour from your departure time, you need to be alert for a dripping
waterfall on your right. On the left is obvious fallen dirt from people
scrambling up the wall. Go up the waterfall and then to your left. Then go to
the right, crossing over some big flat rocks. You'll pick up the sandy trail
going through bushes.
I was not able to get a waypoint at the bottom, but the flat rocks are at
(367.2, 3894.0). If you miss this, you'll end up in Echo Canyon after a hour of
strenuous hiking. You should NOT be below cliffs, walking up flat tilted rock
shelves in an arroyo. Rather you should be on top, on a sandy trail, and in a
few minutes, you'll notice a watercourse below you on your right.
From now on, whenever there seems to be a choice of trails with similar usage,
take the one on the left. But you should never be more than 30 yards from the
25 minutes later, you'll come to a 12" diameter log laying across some flat
rocks, with water flowing across the rocks. The upper bark is all worn off from
people sitting on the log. Here the trail goes uphill to the left.
30 minutes beyond that, you'll come to a rock/log jam that must have been the
result of some major flood. Ten minutes later, you reach a place where most
TWA-seekers take the wrong arroyo. This is CRUCIAL junction #2.
There is an inviting arroyo to the right, but the proper trail is to the left.
Sometimes there are rock cairns marking the proper arroyo, but don't count on
it. I was unable to acquire 3 satellites here.
In about 5 minutes, you'll come to a box canyon, which you'll need to climb out
of. The end of the canyon has a rather easy rock shelf that you can go up.
We'll pass around this canyon on the way back.
Finally, about 2.5 hours from departure, you will come to a portion of the
wreckage, almost directly below the tram wires. (368.6, 3895.4) If you go
another 200 yards left up the draw from the first wreckage, you'll find the
rest of the plane. Allow an extra 1.5 hours for exploration and lunch.
On the way back, skirt the box canyon by going uphill to the right of it. After
you 'top out', you'll see an old rock fire ring on your left. There are many
choices of paths here, and all seem to head back the proper way. For this hike,
just past the fire ring, drop back down to the watercourse. There will be some
zigzagging required. You can investigate the other choices on another occasion.
|Hike of the Month||Domingo Baca and TWA Canyon||0900, May 31/June 1, 1997|
|Trailhead:||Elena Gallegos parking lot|
|R.T. Distance: @7.0 miles||Elevation Min/Max: 6400/9000|
|Hiking Time @4.0 hours||Hazards: Thorns, stickers, cactus|
|Topos: Forest Service map of the Sandias|
The first portion of this hike takes you on the South Crest trail,
past a waterfall which usually has some water. Cross the creek below
the waterfall, and take the trail to the left up the hill.
After that, it is a steady uphill westerly trek, with some great views
of the Manzanitas.
Two hours later, the trail turns to the north, and you'll soon see
South Sandia spring. This spring is a reliable water source
year-round, except for drought years like 1996.
After 2.5 hours, you'll arrive at 'Deer Pass', the junction of the
South Crest trail and the Embudito. (370.2, 3886.5). This is one of
three places where one can cross the Sandias from East to West. There
will be a signpost here, if it is not removed by vandals.
Less than one minute further, on the right, there should be three rock
cairns marking the top of the CCC trail. (If you miss this, you'll
have to go down Bart's trail, adding at least three hours to the
The CCC trail was constructed in the 1930's by CCC personnel for a
shorter route to their work locations. In the past year, many rock
cairns have been placed along the trail, so you should be able to
follow it as it winds down the hill. It ends at the Upper Faulty
trail, a few yards east of the South Crest trail, via which you'll
|Hike of the Month||Canyon Estates, South Crest, and CCC trails||0730, Jun 28/29, 1997|
|Trailhead: Canyon Estates parking lot - see member guide for directions.|
|R.T. Distance: @8 miles||Elevation Min/Max: 6600/9400|
|Hiking Time: @4.5 hours||Hazards: Unleashed dogs.|
|Topo Maps: FS map of the Sandias |
On the way to the trailhead, you'll pass Quail Meadow Road. FYI - this
an alternate route to the Strip-mine Trail (not a part of this hike).
You'll also pass the Agua Sarca trailhead, which is also not part of
hike, but a likely search route for missions in this area.
Start by going south from the parking lot. A few feet out, there will
gray wilderness sign. This is the bottom of the Del Orno route, which
the North Crest trail. This route is very steep and rugged, and has
unsafe conditions. I have excluded it from this hike, but it would be
likely assignment for a search.
Proceed east along the well-defined North Crest trail. Along the way
sure to pause and enjoy the scenic vistas to the west, north, and
About 1.5 hours out, at (369.6, 3905.1) you should see the top of the
Orno route as it drops into the arroyo on your right.
An hour later you'll be at the junction with the Penasco Blanca trail
(368.9, 3902.8). If you wish, go down that trail a few minutes and
see the white cliff formation that gives this its name. (It's also
the 'Great Wall of China').
Then return the way you came.
Incidentally, many people drink the spring water near the parking lot.
Still it would be advisable to treat it first, as you should treat any
water in the Sandias.
|Hike of the Month||Tunnel Springs and North Crest Trail
||0730, Sep 27/28, 1997|
|Trailhead: Tunnel Springs near Placitas - see member guide
|R.T. Distance: 10 miles||Elevation Min/Max: 6200/8600|
|Hiking Time 5 hours||Hazards: The Usual|
|Topo Maps: USFS map of the Sandias|
The access from the parking lot has been relocated to the northern
bypassing the old route with the RR-tie steps. Stay on the prescribed
route, noting the many user trails heading into the chamisa towards
watercourse. About 1.5 hours out, you'll cross a wide sandy wash. The
is a popular route for hunters - they follow it upwards into the Bear
Canyon area. In winter, the trail beyond this wash is often
covered with ice. This hike continues to the intersection with the
Three-Gun Springs trail (Oso Pass), then returns on the same route.
|Hike of the Month||Embudito Trail||0800, Oct 25/26, 1997\01997|
|Trailhead: East on Montgomery to Glenwood Hills. North to Trailhead road. East to Open Space parking lot.|
|R.T. Distance: 8 miles||Elevation Min/Max: 6300/8400|
|Hiking Time 4.5 hours||Hazards: The Usual|
|Topo Maps: USFS Map of the Sandias|
The first two hours are on the 3-Gun Springs trail to the junction
with the Embudito (this is called Oso Pass). Here, take the Embudito
trail east for about 40 minutes to the unnamed trail on your left,
marked by a rock cairn, that leads up to the peak. (369.79, 3986.42).
20 minutes later you will be on the peak, enjoying the 360-degree views.
(369.72, 3987.15) Return the way you came.
Note: weather and temperature conditions can be quite different at the
peak compared to the trailhead - carry proper clothing.
|Hike of the Month||Three-Gun Springs to South Sandia Peak||0800, Nov 29/30, 1997|
|Trailhead: Three-Gun Springs. Old 66 East to Monticello Rd., north to Alegre, west to Siempre Verde, north to Tres Pistolas, north to trailhead. |
|R.T. Distance: 12 miles||Elevation Min/Max: 6400/9700|
|Hiking Time 6.0 hours||Hazards: The Usual|
|Topo Maps: USFS map of the Sandias|
Follow the obvious road east into the National Forest, where it
changes to a sandy trail. As you pass through the boulder portion near
the waterfall, you may lose sight of the trail. To find it, always
look to the north side of the canyon.
|Hike of the Month||Embudo Canyon||0800, Feb 28 - Mar 1, 1998\01998|
|Trailhead: East end of Indian School Road|
|R.T. Distance: 6.0 miles||Elevation Min/Max: 6200/7800|
|Hiking Time 3.0 hours||Hazards: Unleashed dogs|
|Topo Maps: USFS Map of the Sandias|
After the boulder portion, the trail will cross the sandy wash and run
parallel above it on the south side. As you cross, notice a trail that
heads south up the hill straight ahead - this is a 'horse bypass'
trail around the waterfall, and is a recommended option for your
Later the trail will cross the wash heading north, and you'll begin a
series of long switchbacks. At the top there is a signpost, hence the
name 'Post Pass' for this area. You can turn back here or you can add
another 1.5 hours to the trek by heading further north to Oso Pass,
but there might be too much snow to do it without snowshoes.
Throughout the hike, take note of old trails and washes. Search
assignments in this area probably would include such 'hasty' routes.
The Whitewash Trail is named after the smooth waterfall rockface which
is at the bottom of Whitewash Canyon, at the end of Candelaria. This
is also known as the Piedra Lisa Canyon, offering a bit of confusion
with the altogether-different Piedra Lisa Trail, which is in the north
portion of the Sandias.
|Hike of the Month||Whitewash Trail area||0800, Mar 28/29, 1998\01998|
|Trailhead: East end of Menaul|
|R.T. Distance: 4.0 miles||Elevation Min/Max: 6000/8100|
|Hiking Time 3.5 hours||Hazards: The usual|
|Topo Maps: USFS map of the Sandias|
At the beginning of this hike, there are many intersecting trails from
which to choose. Eventually, they all wend their way along the south
rim of Whitewash Canyon, and then up one 'master trail' which leads to
the top via steep switchbacks.
The first goal is to reach the top of the ridge east of the parking
area. Begin on the obvious wide trail at the southeast end of the
parking area, which will turn eastward and wind around the south edge
of the ridge. Although there are many routes up the ridge, for this
hike, use an arroyo which has metal fence embedded in the ground
acting as prevention for soil erosion. Follow this up and keep going
north until, about 1/2 hour into the trek, you see a meadow with two
prominent trails heading North/NNE. Either of these trails will
eventually lead to the south rim of Waterfall Canyon.
Off to the east, you'll see a high tree-lined ridge, which is the
eventual goal of this hike. (Actually the trail continues beyond that
ridge, across two more ridges, finally ending at the Oso Pass
junction, but that's not part of this hike.)
It will take less than 2.0 hours to get to a knoll on top of the
tree-lined ridge at the 8130 foot mark. This knoll is conveniently
known as 'the 8130', and it provides a view into Three-Gun Canyon and
even the cement plant in Tijeras. Its UTM's are approximately 366.5
and 3886.8. From here, turn around and head back, noticing the various
arroyos and ridges which might serve as opportunities to head south
into the west end of Embudo Canyon.
Directions to trailhead: From I-40 take exit 175 at Tijeras. If
you were traveling east on I-40, take the right fork of the exit ramp
toward Tijeras. Turn left under the highway overpass and bear right
to Canyon Estates Subdivision. If you were traveling west on I-40 turn
left from the exit ramp. Continue until you reach the 4-way stop at
Tijeras. Turn right and drive under the highway overpass and bear
right to Canyon Estates Subdivision. Follow the road through the
subdivision until you reach the parking lot at the end. There is a $3
|Hike of the Month||CCC to South Peak||0800, Oct 31, 1998|
|Trailhead: Canyon Estates|
|R.T. Distance: 8 miles||Elevation Min/Max: 6600/9782|
|Hiking Time 4 hours||Hazards: rattlesnakes|
|Topo Maps: Tijeras|
From Trailhead: Follow the South Crest Trail until you reach the
waterfall. Cross the stream and wind up to the top of the waterfall.
Continue on switchbacks, passing the Lower Faulty Trail on your right.
After about 1 1/2 miles from the start you will reach a fork. The
South Crest Trail goes off to the left. Continue right for a few yards
to another fork. The unmarked trail to the left is the CCC Trail.
Upper Faulty is on the right. Take the left. CCC is steep and crosses
a few rocky areas where you need to look for rock cairns. In about 2
miles CCC reaches the South Crest Trail along the crest. Continue to
the right when you reach the Crest Trail. At the back of a large
meadow to the left there is a trail to the top of South Peak. Return
via CCC or, for a longer hike with views of Albuquerque and Tijeras,
and some springs, take the South Crest Trail all the way back to
Drive to the far east of Spain NE until you reach the Open Space
parking lot at the end of the dirt road. As is true anywhere in the
foothills, this area is heavily used by mountain bikers, hikers,
dog-walkers, runners, and some horses.
Take the trail that runs east from the parking lot to the National
Forest Boundary fence line. From the fence, travel east again until
the junction with trail 503. Follow 503 east to its easternmost
segment. At the bottom of the arroyo is an east-bound trail blocked
with cholla debris, indicating probited access. Follow 503 a short
distance to the top of the next rise to the north. Trail 503 meets a
fence along private property. A few buildings are visible in the next
arrroyo from the ridge top. Follow the trail that goes east along the
fence line and up in elevation. Climb as high as the large rock point
in view above you, or into the forest just above for great views of
the surrounding area. Mountain lions, deer and fewer earthlings have
been sighted from this point.
This trail reaches a wide, flat area at 7040' in elevation. We'll stop
there to practice map and compass and GPS skills. I will bring
photocopies of this portion of the Sandia Crest Quadrangle 7.5 minute
series for members to use. I want to match the UTMs on my map with the
reading on my GPS, practice resection, etc. This is NOT a test! You
can compare with your neighbor.
|Hike of the Month||Bear Canyon Hike and Map & Compass Practice||0800, Jan 31, 1999|
|Trailhead: East End of Spain NE|
|R.T. Distance: 4 miles||Elevation Min/Max: 6200/7200|
|Hiking Time 2.5 hours||Hazards: |
|Topo Maps: Sandia Crest Quadrangle|
September PACE Exam
There will be a PACE exam given on September 16th at 9:00 a.m.in Tijeras,
Please expect to start early (don't show at 12:45 expecting to start).
Reservation deadline = Friday, September 1.
To reserve, call (505) 625-1307 (that's a Roswell number) or email
Location: Los Vecinos Community Center, Tijeras, NM.
Directions: From Albuquerque drive east on I-40 through Tijeras Canyon to
Exit 175. Bear right on exit ramp to the stop light at Tijeras. Turn RIGHT
at the light onto old route 66 and proceed a quarter of a mile to the
Community Center which will be on your left.
Evaluators: Cliff Meier, David Frazee, Mike Dugger, Art Bisbee,
James Newberry -- submitted by Susan Corban
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