Current Schedule


For up to date changes to the schedule, please refer to the calendar in the right column. Thanks. 


Saturday, September 1st, Old Mill/Horse Meadow Loop - This is a new easy to easy moderate hike of around 3.5 miles and 600 feet of elevation gain. We will begin by parking at the Horse Meadow on Lee Canyon Road. The route climbs easily up through the Old Mill Picnic Area then continues up the Old Mill Trail until we reach the Lower Bristlecone Trail. We'll take our break at a campsite near the anemometer at the bottom of Pine Cone Canyon then return down Lower Bristlecone. To get back to the cars, we will walk through the wild horses in the meadow. I hope they will be there! Meet at the Santa Fe Casino for an 8:30am departure. Coordinator - Kay Blackwell

Saturday, September 1st, North Loop Exploration – Today’s hike is rated moderately strenuous with about 5 miles and 1700+ feet of elevation. We will hike up the North Loop to the high point at the top of the switchbacks. After our break on the ridge behind the rock outcrop, we will begin to explore a route down and connect to the ridge along the lower portion of the North Loop. Be prepared for some bushwhacking, steep terrain, possible scrambling on limestone and excellent views. My pace will be on the slow side of moderate with breaks as needed. Depart the Santa Fe at 7:00 AM. Coordinator – Lettie Gutierrez

Sunday, September 2nd, Mummy Springs Loop via Deer Creek- This signature trek will take you up through the heart of the Deer Creek area, a special place of deep woods, springs, and remnants of history from the 1920s. Great views of Mummy’s Tummy, surrounding peaks, and jagged rock formations. Rated moderately strenuous given total distance of 5.5 miles, some steep scree in places to negotiate, and the elevation gain of 2,023 FT. We’ll return via the North Loop Trail to complete the loop. TH- Deer Creek pull-off with the vaulted toilets. We’ll depart the Santa Fe by 7:00 AM.  Coordinator- David Gray

Monday, September 3rd, South Sister O/L Ridge- This is a moderately strenuous trek to a long somewhat barren ridge just below the SS Peak that offers 360 views of the Lower Bristlecone area, ridge area of the Bonanza Trail, McFarland Peak, Macks Peak, and the north Sister area. Total distance of some 6-7 miles and an elevation gain of 1500 FT. TH- Lower Bristlecone Trail parking lot. Depart the Santa Fe by 7:00 AM. Coordinator- David Gray 

Monday, September 3rd through Saturday, September 8th, Bishop Basecamp Club Trip – Coordinator – Kay Blackwell

Monday, September 10th, Big Falls Overlook - A traditional pre-fall route up the North Loop to a magnificent overlook that offers great views of Kyle Canyon, the Springs Mountains, and Lee Peak. The total distance is just over 9 miles with an elevation gain of 3500 FT making it a strenuous route. TH- Trail Canyon Trail- Meet the coordinator for a 7:00 AM departure at the Santa Fe Station. Coordinator- David Gray

Tuesday, September 11, Bonanza Peak (10,397’) - Another primo 10k peak that ABF has yet to visit this summer. Let's give it a whirl. From the Cold Creek trailhead, it’s a 10-mile slog with just under 3k vertical. Throw in some 70-odd switchbacks and it makes for a grueling day. Color it strenuous. Depart the Santa Fe at 7:00 AM. Coordinator - Michael O'Connor

Wednesday, September 12th, Acastus to Stanley B Mine - A moderate hike of 5-6 miles and 700 feet of elevation begins at the Fletcher Canyon parking lot. We walk by the campground and make our way on a trail that parallels the highway. We turn at the Stanley B parking area and hike up to the mine and springs. This is where we take our break. Then it’s back to the cars but we will use a forest road to get back down to the trail that will take us back to our cars. A slow to moderate and steady pace will be our goal. Depart the Santa Fe at 7:00 AM. Coordinator – Lettie Gutierrez

Thursday, September 13th, Nuclear Loop - This hike begins with schooling at the Desert View Overlook on Deer Creek Road. From the information displays, we drop down behind them into a canyon. A similar loop was hiked 3 years ago but the ending wasn't good so let's try it again. It will be an exploratory with lots of bushwhacking and a few trails. It will be around 6 miles with around 1500 feet of elevation gain. Call it moderately strenuous but be ready for difficult terrain. Meet at the Santa Fe Casino for an 8:00am departure. Coordinator - Kay Blackwell

Saturday, September 15th, Kyle Escarpment Loop - This will be a simple 4-mile loop from the Spring Mountain Gateway Visitor Center tagging the top of the escarpment across the canyon. Call it easy moderate but there is around 850 feet of elevation gain. The rabbitbrush should still be in bloom! Meet at the Santa Fe Casino for an 8:30am departure. Coordinator - Kay Blackwell

Sunday, September 16th, Mount Charleston Peak via the South Loop Trail- A strenuous trek taken at a moderate pace. It’s a day-long event starting at the Cathedral Rock TH, climbing up to Griffith Saddle, hiking through the South Loop Meadow and the burned old bristlecones then, finally, up the final scree trail to the peak. Conditioned hikers only. Total trek distance is 17 miles- Elevation- 4,275 FT. Meet at the Cathedral Rock TH by 5:00 AM. Coordinator- David Gray

Tuesday, September 18th, Black & White Sisters - This 4-mile hike is rated somewhere between moderately strenuous and strenuous. There are 1600 feet of steep elevation gain in that short distance. It begins from the Sisters Spur Road turnoff from Macks Canyon Road so high clearance vehicles are recommended. At the top of the Sisters Ridge, we will have the opportunity to climb onto the huge rock of Black Sister then mosey over to White Sister for more views and photos. Meet at the Santa Fe Casino for an 8:00AM departure. Coordinator - Kay Blackwell

Wednesday, September 19th, Sawmill Wiggles Loop- This is a moderate trek through the scrub pines at the start of the lower Lee Canyon area.  Total distance is 5 miles with 800 feet of elevation gain.  Our trailhead is at the Blue Tree Campground off Lee Canyon Road and the route takes us to the Sawmill TH parking lot where we will take our break.  The Blue Trail (The Wiggles) will be our route back to the cars.  Meet the coordinator at the Santa Fe for a 7:00 AM departure.  Coordinator- David Gray

Thursday, September 20th, 5 Mile Campsite - This will be my attempt at a hike with lots of fall color. Let's hope Mother Nature cooperates! The strenuous 10 miles of out and back will have around 2900 feet of elevation gain but the views might be marvelous! Expect a moderate and steady pace. The route starts at the Trail Canyon Trailhead and continues climbing on the North Loop. Meet at the Santa Fe Casino for an 8:00am departure. Coordinator - Kay Blackwell

Saturday, September 22nd, Stepladder/Showgirl Loop - This moderate loop is 5.5 miles with 1050 feet of elevation gain. The Stepladder Trailhead is located across from the Spring Mountain Gateway Visitor Center. We will connect with the Showgirl Trail after climbing Stepladder and descending into Telephone Canyon. Then we will loop around using Tin Can Alley and Shady Hollow Trails. Meet at the Santa Fe Casino for an 8:00am departure. Coordinator - Kay Blackwell

Sunday, September 23rd, Boneshaker Loop - A morning hike will go up the Boneshaker trail (slow!). As the trail levels out, the pace will be moderate. We will connect with the Three Amigos trail that will take us across to the Bob Gnarly trail down the canyon or the Bombs Voyage trail that will run by the Muffins. 0verall rating is moderate with about 1200 ft. elevation gain and 5-6 miles. To beat the heat the hike will begin at the horse corrals at 6:00 AM where you will meet the coordinator. Coordinator - David Hardy.

Sunday, September 23rd, Middle Deer Creek Canyon O&B- It will be the first day of fall as we take on the challenges of this moderately strenuous trek through the scrub/desert country of Lower Lee Canyon 10 miles up from Hwy 95, which is where a section of the old pavement is still visible from today’s road. With a total distance of 7.2 miles, the trek first drops into a very broad Lee Canyon, then out of, and offers great views of the peaks to the west, including Mummy Mountain, Angel Peak, McFarland Peak, and the twin peaks of the North-South Sisters. It hikes up and over a series of moderate ridges with an elevation gain is almost 1500 FT. Meet the coordinator at the Santa Fe by 8:00 AM. Coordinator- David Gray

Monday, September 24th, Showgirl (Top to Bottom) - This top to bottom route is 9 miles and considered moderately strenuous because there is only 300 feet of elevation gain. (There is also 2500 feet of elevation loss.) It will be a point to point hike with car shuttling to begin at the Juniper Trailhead. We will begin in the junipers and pinion pines and end in the Joshua trees and yuccas ... and maybe a burro or two. Meet at the Santa Fe Casino for an 8:00am departure. Coordinator - Kay Blackwell

Wednesday, September 26th, Bristlecone Loop – Our moderate hike on the always scenic Bristlecone Loop will be done CCW. Maybe the Aspen will be in changing colors. Wouldn’t that just be marvelous? It is 6 miles with 1400 feet of elevation and my pace will be on the slow side of moderate. Depart the Santa Fe at 7:30 AM. Coordinator – Lettie Gutierrez

Thursday, September 27th, Angel Peak - The strenuous bushwhack is back! This route to that peak with the white bubble on it is only 7 miles with 2000 feet of elevation gain. The terrain is steep, but we will persevere to reach the allusive peak. It will be a fun day! Meet at the Santa Fe Casino for an 8:00am departure. Coordinator - Kay Blackwell

Friday, September 28th, No Name Loop II - One of the most scenic hikes in Lee Canyon includes wild horses, Aspen, Bristlecone Pines and views. A moderately strenuous hike that begins on the Upper Bristlecone Trail. After a mile, we turn onto No Name and tackle the steady uphill section to the saddle. From there we make our way up to the ridge and hike along it to a shelter where we will take our break. Then it’s down to the Bonanza Trail to connect back to the Upper Bristlecone trail. We will then use a horse trail along a ridge to reconnect to Upper Bristlecone. It is 6 miles with 1600+ feet of elevation. My pace will be slow and steady. Depart the Santa Fe at 7:00 AM. Coordinator – Lettie Gutierrez

Saturday, September 29th, Hilltop Loop - This easy moderate hike begins at the Twilight Trailhead located only 9 miles up Kyle Canyon Road. It loops high around a hill that you see every time you drive up the canyon. With only 3 miles and 500 feet of elevation gain, it might be considered easy but there is one steep section. Meet at the Santa Fe Casino for an 8:30am departure. Coordinator - Kay Blackwell

Saturday, September 29th, Raintree – Before we return to Red Rock Canyon, let’s go visit our very old friend, Raintree. It’s moderately strenuous because it’s 6 miles and 1800 feet of elevation. We will use the North Loop trail to ascend and then descend on Wild Horse Ridge. We will park at the Cougar Ridge Road turnout on Deer Creek Highway. Depart the Santa Fe at 8:00AM. Coordinator – Lettie Gutierrez 

Sunday, September 30th, Rattlesnake Canyon/Red Rock Canyon- This is a moderately strenuous trek located across the broad Red Rock Canyon Wash at the south side of the Willow Springs Parking Lot. Named by the famous trekking group known as the Buffett Boys, the out-and-back route is a fun and challenging time in bouldering up into this small, beautiful canyon until we top the 30 to 40-foot waterfall, terrace area which is somewhat at the base of the ridge leading to the sandstone North Peak on the escarpment, north wall of Icebox Canyon. Meet the coordinator at the Red Rock Casino by 7:00 AM. Coordinator- David Gray 

Sunday, September 30th, Cottonwood Pass Loop - The moderate trek will start from the gravel parking area south of Highway 160 also used for Badger Pass. It will follow a combination of dirt roads and trails toward Mount Potosi and loop past Cottonwood Pass on the Goodsprings Road before heading back to the vehicles on the Deadhorse Trail in Red Valley. We will meet the coordinator and leave from the gas station on Highways 159 and 160 at 7:00 AM, and drive to the gravel lot for a 7:15 AM start of hike. Elevation change 1000 ft. and 6 miles. Coordinator - David Hardy.

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