For up to date changes to the schedule, please refer to the calendar in the right column. Thanks.
Monday, May 1st, Skull Canyon/Overlook/Muffins Loop - Starting from the horse stables parking lot, we will use the Skull Canyon trail to climb to the ridge and take our break at the Overlook. The return will be via the Muffins and down to the vehicles. This moderate to moderately strenuous loop will be hiked at a moderate pace. Distance: 6 miles; Gain: 1300 ft. Carpool from Red Rock Casino parking lot at 7:45 am and meet the coordinator at the Horse Stables parking lot at 8:00am. Coordinator -Dennis Rohne
Monday, May 1st, Rattlesnake Canyon O&B- This is a popular 3.0 mile strenuous scramble trek with 800 feet of elevation. Our goal is to reach the terrace area. Depart Red Rock Casino by 8:00am and drive to Willow Springs Parking Lot/Red Rock Canyon. Coordinator- David Gray
Wednesday, May 3rd, Big Falls/Mary Jane Falls O&B - Traditional 4 mile trek that is rated strenuous based on the 1,700 feet elevation gain, possible snow cover/scrambling required for the approach to Big Falls. We’ll also do some exploring to locate the newest trail up to Mary Jane Falls per the trek in August of 2016. Depart the Santa Fe Station by 8:00am. Park at the Mary Jane Falls Parking Lot. Coordinator- David Gray
The route will climb up through a wash to reach the escarpment rim then travel around the rim to drop into Little Zion, a beautiful sandstone oasis. On the return, the loop will be made down a different wash and will connect via the Mountain Springs Trail. Elevation gain will be around 1600 feet. Meet at the Red Rock Casino for carpooling in high clearance vehicles. We will leave at 8:00am sharp. Coordinator – Kay Blackwell
Friday, May 5th, Krafft Mountain Loop -
Saturday, May 6th, Stepladder Peak – Beginning at the trailhead across from the Spring Mountains Gateway Visitor Center, the moderately strenuous hike uses the Shady Hollow Trail, Tin Can Alley and the Cowboy Washington Trail to take the hiker on a loop into the woods of Telephone Canyon. At a saddle, the trail heads up to the peak that rises between Kyle Canyon and Deer Creek Road. There is a small amount of rock scrambling before reaching the rocky peak. The descent is done on a bushwhacking route toward Kyle Canyon Road where it connects with the Stepladder Trail before returning to the cars. The hike is 7 miles with 1450 feet of elevation gain.
Starting at the 6000 elevation of Lee Canyon Road, the first saddle affords views of Three Lakes Valley across I-95. Then, the route travels through a target practice area. It will connect with the Rocky Gorge wash and climb up and over to Lee Canyon TH. From there, we hike down through Lee Canyon back to the cars. We might see burros.
Monday, May 8th, Mack’s Canyon Road O&B - The gravel route that goes by the South/North Sisters offers a unique trek into one of the prettiest spots where the peaks meet the desert scrub country. Rated moderate with a total distance of 6 miles with an elevation change of just over 1,000 feet. Depart Santa Fe Station at 8:00am. Coordinator- David Gray
We will begin at the Spring Mountains Gateway Visitor Center. Using the Acastus Trail, we will hike all the way to Obstacle Rock in Fletcher Canyon (snow permitting) and return.
Friday, May 12th, No Name Trail Loop CW/Wallace Canyon Overlook - A traditional “back to basics” trek up through the great bristlecone pines to enjoy the views offered, especially the overlook at the backend of Wallace Canyon, located just above No Name Saddle. We’ll take our break there. Rated moderately strenuous based on the 6 mile distance, the elevation gain of 1900 FT, and possible patches of snow. Depart Santa Fe by 8:00am and drive to Upper Bristlecone Trail parking lot. Coordinator- David Gray
There are 1400’ of elevation gain on this moderately strenuous loop hike.
Monday, May 15th, Trail Canyon/Fletcher Canyon - This will be an exploratory trek for me as we make our way along for about 50 feet or so of the North Loop Trail to locate the “small trail/scree descent” that leads down to the right, then on to the huge boulder that marks the start of upper Fletcher Canyon. From here it’s all downhill- 2,800 FT. Shuttle required. Total distance- 5 miles- Rated moderately strenuous based on the elevation gain of 1,900 FT, scrambling through the rabbit hole at Obstacle Rock. Depart the Santa Fe by 8:00am and drive to Trail Canyon parking lot. Coordinator- David Gray
The 6.5 miles include Little Falls, Echo Falls, Cathedral Rock and the all-inclusive Manhole Cover (!) on a moderately strenuous hike with 1650’ of elevation gain. It begins and ends at the Echo TH in Kyle Canyon. Coordinator – Kay Blackwell
Friday, May 19th, Deer Creek/Meadows Loop- A traditional moderately strenuous trek up through the heart of the Deer Creek area via Old Deer Creek Road and the North Loop Trail where it will be still early spring. Return by the Cactus Jack Trail, Wild Horse Ridge. Great views- Total distance of 5 miles- Elevation gain of 1,600 FT. Depart the Santa Fe by 8:00am and drive to the Deer Creek Picnic Area Parking Lot. Coordinator – David Gray
Saturday, May 20th, Rocky Gorge Loop (Short) – This short version of the regularly long loop is only 6 miles. It is labeled moderately strenuous with only 1100 feet of elevation gain. Starting at the Blue Tree TH, it follows a wash down to climb a trail up and over an escarpment into Rocky Gorge. From there, the trail continues up through the wash and comes out on a dirt road to connect with a trail and return to the cars.
The trail travels through desert woodlands in the lower elevations affording views of the mountains of the Spring Mountain Divide. We will not see Mud Springs on this section of the trail. Coordinator – Kay Blackwell
Sunday, May 21st, Eagle’s Nest/Fletcher Canyon – This is a moderate hike of 6 miles with 1100 feet of elevation. The trailhead is the new Fletcher Canyon parking lot. We will do the Eagle’s Nest loop first then hike up Fletcher Canyon to Obstacle Rock. This trail After our break, it’s back to the cars. We depart the Santa Fe at 7:45am. Coordinator – Lettie Gutierrez
Monday, May 22nd, South Sister Overlook O&B - This 5-mile moderately strenuous trek stops short, at “Phase III,” of the tough climb to the peak. This ridge offers great 360 degree views. Good chance to see wild horses roaming. Elevation gain 1,700 feet. Pace balanced to accommodate elevation gain. Depart Santa Fe station at 8:00am and drive to Lower Bristlecone Parking Lot. Coordinator- David Gray
Thursday, May 25, Cockscomb Peak (9692’) - From Trail Canyon, it’s a laborious two-mile climb to the saddle, then on to Cockscomb Ridge before tackling the tricky, limestone section to the summit. Class 3 with some exposure. Six miles with just under two thousand vertical. Color it strenuous. Depart from the Santa Fe at 8:00am. Coordinator - Michael O'Connor
Saturday, May 27th, Fletcher Canyon Parking Lot to School – This is an easy hike that is a total of 4 miles. We will park at the Fletcher Canyon parking lot and walk through the campground and neighborhood to Lundy Elementary School. After our break, we turn around and walk back to the cars. Meet at the Santa Fe for an 8:30am departure. Coordinator – Judy Warner
Saturday, May 27th, South Sister Saddle Loop – The hike begins at the Lower Bristlec
Sunday, May 28th, Lower Mud Springs Loop – The lower 9 mile portion of the Mud Springs Loop begins at a TH on Macks Canyon Road. This is a strenuous route with 1900 feet of elevation gain that we will accomplish in a clockwise direction this year. At the apex of the loop, we will pass by Mud Springs and see if it is any different after so much rain and snow in the past year. Coordinator – Kay Blackwell
Sunday, May 28th, North Loop Trail/Wildhorse Ridge Loop – After parking our cars in the large parking lot past the traditional North Loop trailhead, we hike back up a spur trail to catch North Loop. Our pace will be moderate to keep the group together on this 5 mile hike with about 1000 feet of elevation. We will take our break in the meadow amongst the Bristlecone Pines. Then we catch the trail that will take us to Wild Horse Ridge. This trail does have several steep sections going down but the views and scenery make it worth it. We exit on Cougar Ridge Road and head back to the cars. We depart the Santa Fe at 7:45am. Coordinator – Lettie Gutierrez
Monday, May 29th, Bristlecone Loop –
Wednesday, May 31st, Griffith Peak O&B - This will be done at a moderate pace based on the elevation gain and altitude. Rated strenuous as the total distance will be over 8 miles with a gain of some 3,800 feet. Depart the Santa Fe at 8:00am and drive to Cathedral Rock parking lot. Coordinator- David Gray