For up to date changes to the schedule, please refer to the calendar in the right column. Thanks.
Sunday, July 1st, Cathedral Rock and Manhole OB – A moderate to moderately strenuous hike of 5.5 miles and 1200+ feet of elevation. Begin at Echo Trailhead, take our break at the peak and then go to the manhole. Depart the Santa Fe at 7:00 AM. Coordinator – Lettie Gutierrez
Tuesday, July 3rd, McFarland Peak – This strenuous trek is 13 miles with 4000 feet of elevation. Depart the Santa Fe at 7:30 AM. Coordinators – Jerry and Cheryl Thomas
Tuesday, July 3rd, McFarland Approach - While the Big Boys (& Girls) are climbing McFarland Peak, we will hike only to the base of the peak ascent scree field at a moderately strenuous pace. The out and back hike will be 11.5 miles with 2500 feet of elevation gain. After climbing up the No Name Trail, the route continues out the Bonanza Trail on the Spring Mountains Divide. The return from the Bonanza Trail will be done via the Upper Bristlecone Trail. Expect around 6 hours to complete. Meet at the Santa Fe Casino for a 7:00 AM departure. Coordinator - Kay Blackwell
Thursday, July 5th, Raintree (up WHC, down WHR) - Climbing Wild Horse Canyon is no easy task. We will use this route continuing up the North Loop switchbacks, then take the Winter Peak “trail” over to go up to Raintree for our break. The return will be via Wild Horse Ridge starting from the North Loop’s 12th switchback. This will be a moderately strenuous to strenuous hike at only 5 miles with around 1800 feet of elevation gain.
Saturday, July 7th, Old Deer Creek Road / Champion Ridge - This is a pleasant easy moderate 4-mile hike on a portion of the old Deer Creek dirt road that transitions across to Champion Ridge, a rock ridge that overlooks the peaks of Lee Canyon. The catch is that 500 of the 650 feet of elevation gain happens on the return.
A traditional hike that goes up Trail Canyon and then turns left onto North Loop to the springs. Pacing will be slow and steady. After we regroup at the saddle and allow for a rest, we continue up to the springs where we take our break. Then it’s back down to the cars. It’s 5.5 miles with 2100 feet of elevation and rated moderately strenuous. Depart the Santa Fe at 7:00 AM. Coordinator – Lettie Gutierrez
Tuesday, July 10th, Macks Peak (10,036’) - One of the classic 10k peaks in the Spring Mountains. At the terminus of Macks Canyon Road is a remote campground which doubles as our trailhead. It’s a deceptively short four-mile trudge, but with 1800’ vertical gain, it more than merits its strenuous rating. Just below the summit is a steep, scree-laden, Class 3 section. Depart the Santa Fe at 7:30 AM. Coordinator - Michael O’Connor
Thursday, July 12th, Fletcher Peak (up DC, down WHC) - This route for climbing Fletcher Peak is strenuous. We will go up the Deer Creek Trail and Ridge and after peaking out on Fletcher, descend via Wild Horse Canyon. During the 6.5 miles, we will pass Raintree and hike out the Fletcher Peak Trail and back. There will be 2300 feet of elevation gain.
Saturday, July 14th, South Loop-de-Loop - This moderate to moderately strenuous hike will be 4.5 miles with around 1200 feet of elevation gain. Our pace will be no more than moderate. We will begin at the Echo Trailhead and take the Echo Trail over to the South Loop. Continuing up, we will turn off of this trail to an old abandoned road. Our break will be at the top of the road's hill. After our break, we will continue around on the old road to circle the hilltop. It is an old burn area so there will be a few trees to avoid by bushwhacking. Then we will return the way we came on the South Loop.
Calico II, Guardian Angel - For our early risers, this easy early morning hike will start from the Scenic Loop Calico II parking lot (in the shade). We will hike up to the Guardian Angel Rock and do some exploring in the area. There will be some minor Class 2 scrambling. Total distance of about 2 miles and 300 ft gain in elevation. Participants will depart from the Red Rock Casino at 6:00 AM. Coordinator - Tony Fountain
Thursday, July 19th, South Sister Saddle Loop via Lower Bristlecone - This route of the South Sister Saddle Loop is a moderately strenuous 7.5-miles. Hiking out of the Lower Bristlecone Trailhead, we will use that trail to reach the Bonanza Trail junction. From there, we hike out the Bonanza Trail to the ridge that drops down to the South Sister Saddle. Then we return via the South Sister Trail. There is 1600 feet of elevation gain.
Saturday, July 21st, Lee Canyon Narrows/Champion Road Loop - This is a moderate hike of 6.5 miles and 1100 feet of elevation gain. We will begin at the Sawmill Trailhead and cross the road to Champion Road. Making a figure 8, we will hike up the dirt road, descend through the Lee Canyon wash to the narrows, then return via the side trail up to Cardamine Road.
Thursday, July 26th, Cathedral Rock, Etc. - This moderate to moderately strenuous route for Cathedral Rock includes Little Falls and the Manhole Cover. The 6 miles starts at the Echo Trailhead and has 1525 feet of elevation gain.
Saturday, July 28th, Deer Creek / Meadows Loop - This is a moderate hike of 5 miles that starts out of the Deer Creek Picnic Area Trailhead. After a very short bushwhack, we will take the old Deer Creek Road over to the North Loop Trail. From there, we climb to the meadow and descend Wild Horse Ridge. After that, we go up the dirt road to descend through the picnic area and back to the cars. There are 1350 feet of elevation gain.